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.

Mayor's Race 2017

State Senator Bob Hasegawa Is Running for Mayor

State senator Bob Hasegawa is another high-profile candidate to join the race as a rumor persists Murray won't run for reelection.

05/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle City Council Adds 2 Positions to Help Seize Illegal Firearms

A court coordinator and assistant city prosecutor will be hired later this year.

05/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Sawant Wants City to Investigate Allegations of May Day Retaliation

The council member said she'll continue to follow up with the claim that two security officers contracted by Amazon had their hours cut after May Day.

05/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Could Murray Reconsider His Run for Reelection?

Sources say another candidate could join the race if Murray is out.

05/08/2017 By Hayat Norimine

That Washington

Washington State's Congressional GOP Respond to Their Votes on Health Care

A rundown of our GOP leadership and their responses to the public.

05/05/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Judge Orders $5,000 Fine Against Murray Accuser's Attorney

"Clearly the judge was disturbed by opposing counsel's antics," Murray's spokesperson Jeff Reading said in a statement Thursday.

05/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

A Photo Leads to Another Accusation of Misconduct Against Murray Accuser's Attorneys

Attorney Lincoln Beauregard said the intent of the photo was to authenticate the handwritten declaration.

05/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

News Roundup

The GOP Health Care Plan, Deadline to Declare, and a Lawyer's Comments on Murray Case

Washington state's Republicans are divided on the GOP health care plan.

05/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Another Man Alleges Murray Paid Him for Sex

A 44-year-old man said he was a teenager when he was introduced to the Seattle mayor.

05/03/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Seattle City Council Passes Resolution for an Income Tax

A study released earlier this year said the state would've raised another $4.2 billion with a 10.5 percent personal income tax.

05/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

What to Expect as May Day Unfolds

The city anticipates 8,000 people to march from Judkins Park to the Seattle Center.

05/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Bill Bryant Knows What He Would Do as Mayor, but Says He Won't Run

"It's not so much a platform as what people come up and talk to me about every day," Bryant said Friday morning.

04/28/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Race 2017

Murray's Public Safety Advisor, Scott Lindsay, Is Running for City Attorney

Lindsay said Holmes's office got off to a good start but "flatlined and floundered" on criminal justice reform.

04/27/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Could Pass Soda Tax as Early as June

The tax would be enacted in 2018 and is estimated to raise $23 million the first year.

04/27/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Income Tax

4 Legal Challenges to Keep in Mind About the Income Tax

What exactly will the legal fight look like?

04/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Federal Judge's Block on Trump Could Help Seattle's Case

Seattle sued the Trump administration last month for its threat to withhold money from sanctuary cities.

04/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Murray Accuser's Attorneys Allege Cover-Up; Businesses Want Someone Else

A wrap-up on latest developments to Seattle mayor Ed Murray's bid for reelection.

04/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Hall

Council Passes May Day Resolution—without a Crowd

A Latina advocate said immigrants are too busy working to make the 2pm Monday meetings.

04/24/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Income Tax

Herbold Wants to Pass Income Tax Legislation by July 10

The council member says the decisions will be based on what council thinks would provide the "strongest legal path forward."

04/24/2017 By Hayat Norimine