Open Letter

An Open Letter to Chris Hansen and Ed Murray

Boys bye.


Morning Fizz

Negative Ads, Negative Balance Sheets, and Negative Emails

Walkinshaw versus Jayapal, Hansen's taxes, and opponents of a safe heroin site.

10/27/2016 By Josh Feit

The Sporting Life

EXCLUSIVE: Unedited First Draft of Chris Hansen's Arena Letter

Read the *totally real and in no way made up* letter declaring his true feelings about privately financing a new home for the Sonics.

10/26/2016 By Matthew Halverson

Morning Fizz

Public Money Still on Table in Hansen's New Offer

City could forgo millions in tax revenue in latest proposal.

10/26/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Internal Emails Show Port Was Uptight About Implications of Scoping Out SoDo Property

Port of Seattle real estate director asks staffer to remove SoDo references from description of project.

05/16/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Fast Burn Rate

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring stress at the mayor's office, agreements and disagreements on a $15 minimum wage, and more Prop. 1 money

04/09/2014 By Morning Fizz

On Other Blogs Today

On Other Blogs Today: The Waterfront, the Arena, and Religion

Our daily roundup.

09/09/2013 By Josh Feit


Meet the Candidates: Tim Burgess

Seattle City Council member and mayoral candidate Tim Burgess traces his journey from conservative to born-again progressive.

04/17/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit

Morning FIzz

Morning Fizz: The Highest Bidder

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Developer dollars, missing lobbyists, a power couple, self-interest, and socialists.

04/05/2013 By Morning Fizz


How the SoDo Arena Could Decide the Mayor’s Race

Chris Hansen’s $490 million proposal has become an issue of civic pride versus fiscal responsibility.

02/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Seattle Mayor's Election 2013

McGinn Defends Arena Review, Hansen Property Purchase

In a PubliCola Q&A, mayor Mike McGinn defends the city's review of potential arena site, says the city "kept quiet" during investor Chris Hansen's land buys to avoid "killing the deal."

02/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: The Life and Death of Great American Cities

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring tolling, marrying, and subsidizing.

01/21/2013 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Rendering Himself Ineligible

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Fundraising, condemning, buying, and hiring.

01/10/2013 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Unstoppable Political Momentum

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: the arena, the mayor, and a mayoral hopeful. Oh, and the Seahawks.

01/07/2013 By Morning Fizz


Tuesday Jolt: Hansen's (Limited) Guaranty

The day's winners and losers.

10/02/2012 By Afternoon Jolt


County Council Pushes Back on Arena Agreement

The King County Council pushes back on the proposed arena agreement, suggesting amendments that would preclude bumping arena-related transportation projects to the top of the list for state require the city and county to consider a Bellevue alternative.

10/02/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Approves Sonics Arena; Licata and Conlin Vote No, Port Raises Concerns

The city council passes arena legislation; the Port (and two council members) dissent.

09/24/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

Council Committee Moves Arena Forward

A city council committee takes a key step toward passing an arena agreement with investor Chris Hansen.

09/13/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

City Hall

"KeyArena Fund" Could be Diverted to New Arena

The city's proposed agreement with arena developer Chris Hansen would allow the entire "KeyArena fund" to be diverted to the new arena.

09/13/2012 By Erica C. Barnett