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 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

Police Accountability

Mayor Nominates New Police Accountability Director

Andrew Myerberg has been the interim director of the Office of Police Accountability since July.

10/31/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

A Rundown of the Peoples Party Candidate Debate

A summary of Sunday's forum and how candidates responded to some difficult questions.

10/30/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Attorney's Office

City Will Defend Sawant in Both Defamation Lawsuits

"That is the cost of free speech," Harrell wrote.

10/27/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Council Members Hold Heated Discussion on Head Tax

"That is never the discourse when it's everyday people's money, and it always seems to be the discourse when we talk about business."

10/26/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Highlights from the Mayoral Candidate Debate

Catch up on Tuesday night's mayoral candidate debate.

10/25/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Murray Allegations

Murray's Accuser Files New Lawsuit, Includes the City

While Heckard's attorneys dropped the sexual abuse lawsuit in May, they promised the case would return next year.

10/23/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Race 2017

Mayoral Aide Wants Lobbying Restrictions for Campaign Consultants

"The interpersonal relationship developed during a heated campaign cycle can be significantly closer than typical office relationships."

10/23/2017 By Hayat Norimine

City Council Position 8 Race

Mosqueda's Response Letter to Seattle Times Endorsement Has 300 Signatures

Jon Grant's campaign manager said the endorsement came down to the differences between their platforms.

10/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine