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.

Progressive Taxation

Council Members Approve $75 Million Head Tax, Reject Durkan's Plan

The long battle for an employee hours tax continues.

05/11/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Awards and Openings Abound

Plus, Rain Shadow Meats bids farewell to Pioneer Square.

05/11/2018 By Cassie Sawyer

Olympia Dispatch

House Democrats Suspend Tacoma Legislator from Committee Post After Harassment Allegations

"It really felt to me that if I wanted to work in the Legislature, this was something I needed to compromise on."

05/10/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Dessert Dispatch

Oh, Yes—a Soft Serve and Doughnut Shop Is Coming to Georgetown

Seattle Freeze arrives mid-June.

05/10/2018 By Rosin Saez

Progressive Taxation

Head Tax Debate Heats Up

The council has five supporting votes, and the mayor's still a wild card.

05/09/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Congress

Washington Leaders Respond to Trump's Withdrawal from the Iran Deal

U.S. senator Patty Murray said the deal "offers us the best path to safety and security."

05/08/2018 By Hayat Norimine

City Council

Council Extends the City's Statute of Limitations for Harassment Claims

Seattle residents or workers will have more time to bring a discrimination complaint forward.

05/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Ethics & Elections

Ethics Commission Recommends Loosening Conflict of Interest Rules

"My voice for those who have elected me is very important," council member Sally Bagshaw said.

05/07/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Burke Museum

Burke Curators Dinner

The 2018 Burke Museum Curator's Dinner featured rare, behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum's oversize collections and a gala auction and dinner.

05/04/2018

Murray Allegations

Former Foster Son, the First Accuser, Sues Murray and the City

The complaint alleged defamation and slander, accusing Murray of abusing his power and city officials of "reckless disregard for the truth."

05/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Roundup

Amazon, the Head Tax, and the Waterfront

Council member Kshama Sawant said Amazon was attempting "extortion."

05/03/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Food & Drink

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner May 2–8

The week in which: you can discover the joys of fika, partake in a jalapeno eating contest, and pig out with a Sunday feast.

05/02/2018 By Grace Madigan

Community Organizing

Scenes from This Year's May Day in Seattle

The 19th annual March for Immigrant and Workers Rights began at Judkins Park on Tuesday afternoon.

05/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Housing

Landlords Sue Seattle Over New Law Barring Criminal Background Checks

The complaint argues that the ordinance violates landlords' free speech and due process rights.

05/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Morning Roundup

May Day, Kathy Nyland, and Bailey Stober

Your local politics morning digest.

05/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Sponsored Content

The Face of Cannabis Wellness

Wendy Hull Is the CEO of Fairwinds, a multi-award winning cannabis company with your wellness in mind.

04/30/2018

Habitat

Interior Design: How to Have Fun with Patterns

Achieve that good kind of visual clash in your home by layering shapes, textures, and colors.

04/30/2018 By Darren Davis

Cops & Courts

City Files a Motion to Vacate All Marijuana Convictions

Durkan said Seattle must do its part to give its residents "a clean slate."

04/27/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Opening Dispatch

Georgetown, Are You Ready for the Cutest Cake Shop and Market Ever?

Deep Sea Sugar and Salt will open in the old Carleton Avenue Grocery space in mid-May.

04/26/2018 By Rosin Saez

Critic's Picks

Roasted, Fried, or Poached: 10 Restaurants That Have Perfected Chicken

If chicken is a restaurant litmus test, these spots are top of the class.

04/26/2018 Edited by Rosin Saez