ThinkTank

Should Seattle Build a New Arena?

Should Seattle invest $120 million in a new NBA arena?

07/25/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

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Is It Time for Charters?

Two Democratic state legislators square off over I-1240, the charter schools initiative.

07/17/2012 By Josh Feit

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Progressives Debate Sales Tax

Is a proposed sales tax a regressive hit on working people, or the only way out of the state budget crisis? And what about an income tax? We asked activist Dorli Rainey (anti sales tax) to debate the lefty Washington Budget & Policy Center (pro) for this

12/06/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Turnoff or Turn-on? The Occupy Protests

Is Occupy Seattle's target audience inspired or indifferent to the Wall Street protests? We asked two unemployed Seattleites what they thought.

11/09/2011 By Josh Feit

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How Should the State Deal with the Budget Crisis?

It's left brain vs. right brain in this week's ThinkTank: Is it time to raise revenue or is it time to make public employees and tribes pay?

11/01/2011 By Josh Feit

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Should Seattle Raise Car Tab Fees $60?

Should Seattle raise car tab fees $60 to pay for transportation projects? Proponents and opponents of Proposition 1 make the case for and against the November ballot measure.

10/25/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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I-1125: Tim Eyman vs. Microsoft

Supporters of Tim Eyman's Initiative 1125 say it protects taxpayers by ensuring tolls are predictable, fair, and don't go on forever. Opponents say the measure would leave projects like the SR-520 in the red and scuttle voter-approved light rail to the Ea

10/19/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Is There a War on Bikes?

Never mind the "War on Cars." In the wake of three recent cyclist deaths, we ask PubliCola's ThinkTank if there's a war on bikes?

09/27/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Should Seattle Raise Car Tab Fees $60?

In today's ThinkTank, John Fox of the Seattle Displacement Coalition argues that the fee is a regressive tax on poor drivers who can least afford it; Tim Harris, director of the homeless newspaper Real Change, says he supports a system that improves trans

09/13/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Was Eliminating the Ride-Free Area the Right Call?

Is the ride-free area a transportation lifeline for low-income people, or an outdated, overpriced relic that must be sacrificed to save Metro service? Tim Harris of Real Change and Jon Scholes from the Downtown Seattle Association debate that question in

08/18/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Which Candidate Has the Better Police Accountability Plan?

City Council candidates Maurice Classen and Bobby Forch stake claim on police accountability.

08/09/2011 By Josh Feit

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Is System-Wide Tolling a Solution, or Part of the Problem?

In November, Washington State residents will be asked to vote on Initiative 1125, a measure that would require that any tolls pay for the roads on which they're levied. Proponents argue that the proposal would provide accountability by tying tolls direct

08/03/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Are Body Cameras the Solution for Police Accountability?

In the debate over police accountability in Seattle, one controversial proposal is mounting body cameras on every police officer to document their every move during confrontations. City council member Bruce Harrell has proposed requiring head-mounted bod

06/29/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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How Much Density is Too Much for Roosevelt?

The zoning around the planned Roosevelt light-rail station in Northeast Seattle has garnered an unusual amount of attention lately, as city leaders, neighborhood activists, and transit advocates have all weighed in on the question that inevitably arises e

06/21/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Should the State Privatize Booze?

Costco is urging the governor to veto a bill that would simply privatize the state's liquor distribution system, so an initiative privatize the whole local industry can take precedent. Is that the way to go?

06/14/2011 By Josh Feit

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Whose Neighborhood is Better?

Beacon Hill or Ballard (or elsewhere): Whose neighborhood is best?

06/07/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Is Light Rail on Track?

With all the problems plaguing Sound Transit---revenue shortfalls, rising fares, a potential lawsuit in Bellevue, and the recent news that rail may not even make it to Federal Way---we asked King County Council member Larry Phillips and light-rail skeptic

06/01/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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What is the Tunnel Referendum Really About?

Yesterday, the Seattle City Council sent the tunnel referendum to the ballot. Today, the campaign begins as both sides try to frame the debate. Tunnel image via WSDOT.

05/24/2011 By Josh Feit

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Should Seattle Relax its Street-Food Rules?

Should Seattle make it easier to sell food on the street? Two local food vendors weigh in.

05/18/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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Is the Tunnel Referendum Legal?

Today's debate: Should a referendum overturning three agreements on the deep-bore tunnel go on the ballot? Is it even legal?

05/10/2011 By Erica C. Barnett