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.

License to Speak Ill

Should Seattle Defend Kshama Sawant?

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

8:00am 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.

8:00am 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

City Council

City Council Approves Tax on Airbnb Rentals

After a lengthy city council process, council members on Monday unanimously approved a tax on short-term rentals effective in 2019.

11/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Mayor-Elect Announces Her Transition Team

Jenny Durkan announced a 61-member transition team that will help plan her time at the mayor's office.

11/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Mayor Announces Broad Upzone Plans

The Seattle City Council will consider the proposal over the course of next year, with the goal of passing the legislation by September.

11/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

Important Takeaways from the General Election

How some of the races turned out and what happened.

11/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Cary Moon Concedes in the Mayor's Race

After the second round of ballot counts, Moon still fell short of Durkan by nearly 25,000 votes.

11/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

With Dhingra's Win, Democrats Take Control of the State Senate

“Somewhere along the way, these people started making this election about us versus them and I don’t have to tell you, in this story, I was the them."

11/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8 Race

Mosqueda Will Be Seattle's Next City Council Member

Mosqueda promised to be "somebody who’s very thoughtful about policy details and will be there after the ink is dry."

11/07/2017 By Manola Secaira, Jaime Archer, and Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Jenny Durkan Is Seattle's New Mayor

Durkan to supporters Tuesday night said running for election "is not for the meek" and promised to be "fierce" against President Donald Trump.

11/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine and Araz Hachadourian

Election 2017

Last Day to Vote in a Historic Election

All the reasons procrastinators should remember to vote—get your ballots in by 8pm today.

11/07/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

Court Upholds Seattle's Democracy Vouchers

The Honest Elections Coalition on Friday said the lawsuit was a meritless attack aimed at undermining the will of the voters of Seattle."

11/03/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Coalition Demands No Sweeps, Brings a Force for Change on Homelessness

"I don't know what I'm going to do."

11/02/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Herbold Includes Head Tax, Allowing Funds for Sweeps in Budget Package

The tax made it into Lisa Herbold budget package but still needs more support from council members.

11/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine