Day of the Un-Mayor

Mayor Mike McGinn gets flak for not resembling past mayors, but his vision for Seattle is firmly fixed on the future.

04/21/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Bike with Mike

For Mayor McGinn, who campaigned as the Pedaling Populis, the morning commute is an uphill climb.

04/21/2010 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


The Un-Mayor Speaks

Mike McGinn on youthful idealism, sagging seawalls, rookie missteps, and how the blinkered pundits just don’t see how Seattle is changing.

04/20/2010 By Eric Scigliano


The Last Last Call

The city ponders extending bar-closing time. Will it make a difference?

04/16/2010 By Jessica Voelker


Hitting a Wall

The seawall holding back Elliott Bay is crumbling. Mayor McGinn wants voters to approve a $241 million bond to restore it before an earthquake hits and a tsunami swallows downtown.



Full Metal Racket

Seattle’s budget is deep in the red. So why doesn’t the city score full market value on recycled metal?

01/26/2010 By Eric Scigliano


Italy, You're Fired

Donald Trump on the Trump Blog, posted December 16, 2009, at 2:13am



The Wi-Fi of Oz

Is Mayor Mike McGinn’s dream of municipal wi-fi a viable vision for America’s most techie city?

01/22/2010 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Gorilla Warfare

Seattle builders try to distance themselves from their parent organization’s heavy-handed ways.

12/14/2009 By Eric Scigliano


Will Work for Quote

City councilmember Tim Burgess is proposing legislation to quiet Seattle’s most persistent penny petitioners.

10/21/2009 By Karen Quinn


Heads Up

While the issue of what to do with the Alaskan Way Viaduct still looms over election day, the more immediate problem is how to protect Seattle residents from fallen debris.

09/17/2009 By Eric Scigliano


Exit Mayor, Musing

As Mayor Greg Nickels exits the political stage, his concession speech has people rethinking the man behind the desk at City Hall and whether we really ever knew him at all.

09/15/2009 By Eric Scigliano


On Track

Sound Transit’s $2.4 billion light rail launched on July 18, when 51,000 riders took it for an inaugural spin. Here’s what it took.



Twelve Things I Learned While Reporting the Election This Summer

What I learned about Seattle politics from tweeting public forums, City Council meetings, legislative district meetings, press conferences, and campaign kickoffs.

07/16/2009 By Johnathon Fitzpatrick


Desperately Seeking Susan

Just who is Susan Hutchison, the former KIRO TV news coanchor leading the race to fill Ron Sims’s King County executive post? Her campaign runs on fame, game, connections—and a flash of indignation.

07/14/2009 By John Michael Hood


Things That Go Boom

The Seattle City Council banned fireworks sales in the ’90s, but at the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation’s fireworks emporium, open from late May till early July, the fireworks bans don’t apply.

06/22/2009 By Karen Quinn

The Election

Nickels Reelection Watch

Michael McGinn is the only challenger posing a threat to mayor Greg Nickels’s rank as greenest candidate in the November election.

06/22/2009 By Karen Quinn


Buzz Kill Bills

To dig itself out of a $9 billion budget deficit, the state legislature is experimenting with new ways to leech dollars from bars and liquor suppliers.

05/22/2009 By Jessica Voelker

The Election

Nickels Reelection Watch

Seven separate snowstorms besieged Seattle last December, and despite the fact that icy roads went unsalted, dozens of bus routes were canceled, and snowplows sat idle, Mayor Greg Nickels awarded his agencies a "B" for their performance. Will


Market Research

Operation Spend

Washington State will receive $787 billion as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Senator Patty Murray says the state will spend nearly $150 million of that booty in the name of defense. Here, Murray’s breakdown of where more than $80 mill