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

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

News Roundup

Top Stories: Campout at City Hall, Sheriff's Allegations, GOP Tax Bill

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

11/03/2017 By Araz Hachadourian

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

Q&A

Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim Reflects on Time at City Hall

October 13 was Hyeok Kim's last day in the mayor's office.

10/20/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Election 2017

Seattle Peoples Party Is Hosting a Candidate Debate

Nikkita Oliver will moderate the debate to be held on October 29.

10/18/2017 By Hayat Norimine

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