Hayat Norimine, an Eastern Washington native, is Seattle Met’s news and politics hound and PubliCola reporter. She also contributes features and writes politics and culture stories throughout the magazine.

Hayat began her journalism career as an English editor in Amman, Jordan, and later became a local government and Southwest Washington politics reporter at The Daily News in Longview. She has a degree in creative writing at the University of Washington and a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. She now lives in West Seattle with her husband and Bedouin dog.

City Attorney's Office

Seattle's Response to Jeff Sessions's Letter on Its Sanctuary City Policy

The eight-page letter said the city was in full compliance with federal law.

9:41am By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Durkan Signs KeyArena Renovation Plan

The $600 million renovation plan aims for an October 2020 completion date.

12/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Washington's Senators Call on Franken to Resign

"It's time for him to step aside."

12/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

2017 Elections

Nonvoters Aren't Participating in the Democracy Voucher Program

More people are donating, but it's still the same group of voters engaged in politics.

12/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Seattle City Light CEO Resigns

Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city will be looking to overcome challenges at City Light, "from billing to the workplace environment."

12/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle Police Chief Is Leaving

Deputy Chief Carmen Best will be the interim chief until Durkan appoints the next successor.

12/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Durkan Takes the First Step Toward Her Free College Tuition Plan

The executive order signed Wednesday creates a framework and a deadline of March 8 to come up with funding sources.

11/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle's New Mayor, City Council Member Sworn In

"We have looked into the future, and the future is ours."

11/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Immigration

Barring a Good Reason, Attorneys Can No Longer Mention Immigration Status

How the state Supreme Court decided immigration status was "generally inadmissible," and what's next.

11/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

As Expected, Superior Court Rules Against Seattle's Income Tax

The income tax's legal battle is just beginning.

11/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

"I'm the Accidental Mayor": Burgess Says Goodbye to City Hall

Tim Burgess gave a farewell speech on Wednesday before Thanksgiving break.

11/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Highlights to the City Council's Budget Changes

Eight of the major changes council members made to the budget on Monday.

11/21/2017 By Hayat Norimine

License to Speak Ill

Should Seattle Defend Kshama Sawant?

Lawyers fear the defamation lawsuits against the council member could stifle free speech.

11/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Lost in Transit

Seattle Has 'Transit Deserts' and—Surprise—It's No Fun to Ride the Bus There

As the city's public transportation system expands, its most vulnerable riders are getting left behind.

11/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

Top Stories: Mayor’s Budget, GOP Tax Bill, Sanctuary Status

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

11/17/2017 By Araz Hachadourian

City Hall

Council Votes to Cut Mayor's Office Budget by $1 Million

The mayor criticized the council for not making any comparable cuts to its legislative department.

11/16/2017 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

Supreme Court: State Is Still Failing to Fully Fund Education

"The goals have long been clear, the deadline has long been clear, and the meaning of 'amply fund' has long been clear."

11/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Congress

Watch Pramila Jayapal Interrogate Jeff Sessions

Jayapal on Tuesday asked Sessions questions on whether he would accept a defense of "lack of recall" as a prosecutor.

11/15/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Head Tax Fails to Move Forward, for Now

Council members will have to address a $13 million budget shortfall without the tax and reconvene Wednesday morning.

11/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Herbold Wants Another Housing Bond with the Head Tax

Seattle council members could vote to axe the employee hours tax.

11/14/2017 By Hayat Norimine