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.

Environment

Come July 2018, Seattle Says Goodbye to Plastic Straws

This new legislation could cement Seattle's role as a national leader in green policy.

10/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Growing Pains

With Seattle’s Housing Crisis, Could Inaction Be the Best Action?

We’ve tried nearly everything else. But what about trying zilch?

10/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

Joe Biden Endorses Manka Dhingra

The former vice president has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump and has been inserting himself into Democratic campaigns all over the country.

10/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Congress

Patty Murray, Lamar Alexander Reach Bipartisan Deal on Health Care

"We were able to reach an agreement that I hope will set the health care discussion in Congress on a very different path than the one we have all seen for the last seven years," Murray said.

10/17/2017 By Hayat Norimine

King County

Superior Court Judge Throws Out Initiative to Ban Injection Sites

The judge ruled Monday afternoon that I-27 "extends beyond the scope of the local initiative."

10/16/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

González Wants $2 Million Legal Defense Fund Next Year

The city council member announced her plan to double the legal defense fund next year during an API candidate forum.

10/13/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

O'Brien, Harris-Talley Propose Head Tax on Big Businesses

The head tax makes another appearance—will it stick this time?

10/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Burgess Signs Uptown Upzoning Bill, with Murray Watching

Former mayor Ed Murray said he was there watching as a private citizen.

10/12/2017 By Hayat Norimine

King County

King County Council Will Likely Reject I-27

Voters in February could be given a two-part option on supervised consumption sites.

10/11/2017 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

Washington Attorney General Sues Trump over Birth Control

Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Seattle over the president's decision to block contraceptive services for women.

10/10/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8

Kirsten Harris-Talley Appointed to Seattle City Council

"I believe that what government's role is is to actually be a conduit for the voice of the people," Harris-Talley said.

10/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Q&A

Chief Seattle Club Plans for Future in Pioneer Square

Colleen Echohawk-Hayashi discusses challenges for the Native community and homelessness.

10/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8

Will Council Members Meet the Deadline to Appoint Someone?

Rumor is that there's an "anyone but Nick Licata" sentiment.

10/06/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8

Council Applicants Address Community Questions at City Hall

Twelve applicants showed up to the community-led forum Tuesday night.

10/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8

Here Are the Applicants for the Interim City Council Seat

Many of the city council candidates will likely be at the community-led forum tonight at Seattle City Hall.

10/03/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Seattle Reaffirms Support for DACA

A DACA recipient told council members the city should "prepare for the worst, as we undocumented youth have been doing."

10/02/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Seattle: We Are Compliant with Consent Decree

The city is asking the court to declare it fully compliant with the 2012 Department of Justice demands on police reform.

09/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Catching Up on Seattle's Mayoral Candidates

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon are ramping up their policy game.

09/29/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Police Accountability

Seattle Police Will Internally Manage Off-Duty Work

Mayor Tim Burgess signed an executive order to establish an internal, civilian-run office for SPD to oversee officers' secondary jobs.

09/27/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

A Different Standard for City Council Appointments?

"I think this is a great template for us to consider for all vacancies moving forward," said council member Lisa Herbold.

09/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine