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.

Midterm Election

Kim Schrier Is the First Democrat to Represent the Eighth Congressional District

"We all want a future that is better for our children, and we want civility back."

11/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Roundup

A Recap of General Election Night

Catch up on what you missed Tuesday.

11/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm Election

Kim Schrier Leads Dino Rossi in First Night of Returns

Schrier's campaign said it expects later ballot counts to turn in her favor.

11/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Seattle Met’s Guide to Last-Minute Voting

King County’s November ballot is stacked.

11/02/2018 Edited by Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

A Guide to the State Initiatives on November's Ballot

The state initiatives alone will be enough to turn out voters this November.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Yes, You Should Care About This State Supreme Court Justice Race

Steven González was ranked "exceptionally well-qualified" by 10 of the state's bar associations. Nathan Choi is a conspiracy theorist.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Going Green

Questions Answered on the Carbon "Fee" Initiative

What you need to know about I-1631 before you vote.

11/02/2018 By Hayat Norimine

The City Budget

Sawant Wants to Reallocate $48 Million of Durkan's Budget Plan to Housing

"It's been months later and we haven't seen a plan B," Sawant said.

10/24/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Seattle Police Contract, Regressive Taxes, and Backyard Cottages

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

10/22/2018 By Anne Dennon

Election 2018

In 34th Legislative District Senate Race, Candidates Make Their Case on Representation

Shannon Braddock and Joe Nguyen are both vying for a Senate seat in one of the most progressive legislative districts in the state.

10/22/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Progressive Taxation

Report: Washington State Taxes Are Still the Most Inequitable in the Country

Families who make less than $24,000 a year—the poorest 20 percent of the state—pay an estimated 17.8 percent of their income toward taxes.

10/17/2018 By Hayat Norimine and Christina Ausley

Left Turn

Are Third Parties the Future for Seattle Politics?

Democrats no longer hold the same “progressive” rep—and there’s a new kind of left emerging.

10/16/2018 By Hayat Norimine

This Washington

State Supreme Court Strikes Down the Death Penalty

The death penalty has been imposed in an "arbitrary and racially biased manner," the justices ruled.

10/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Midterm Election

New Poll: More Women Are Voting for Rossi After the Kavanaugh Hearings

Dino Rossi now has a 10-percentage-point lead over Democrat Kim Schrier, according to a new poll released Wednesday.

10/10/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Hockey, Seattle City Light, and King County Inquest Process

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

10/08/2018 By Anne Dennon

Seattle's Resistance

Protesters Rally Against Kavanaugh in Downtown Seattle

"Our nation can do better than Brett Kavanaugh."

10/05/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Budget

Durkan's Proposed $5.9 Billion Budget Invests in Public Safety, Transit

In the coming months, council members could eye more funding for housing and homelessness.

09/24/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Mayor's Office

Durkan Creates a New Office, Investigative Unit to Address Workplace Misconduct

A new executive order directs the city to create a new investigative unit to field all workplace complaints within the executive branch.

09/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Housing & Homelessness

Tenant Advocates Score a Big Win in Court, Still Want More Protections

A new report details evictions in the city last year and what Seattle should do next.

09/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2018

Daron Morris Suspends His Campaign in King County Prosecutor Race

Morris in a statement on Friday said he was dropping out due to medical reasons and asked for privacy.

09/21/2018 By Hayat Norimine