Currents

Seattle's Psychedelic Revolution Has Arrived

The decriminalization of psilocybin, as well as increased interest in treating mental illness with psychedelics, means shrooms may be here to stay.

02/22/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

2021 Election

Kshama Sawant's Get Out the Vote Campaign Decided the Recall Election

Last-minute ballots helped the socialist Seattle City Council member ward off removal from office.

12/20/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Into the Void

What Happens If Kshama Sawant Is Recalled?

As the Seattle City Council member faces the prospect of removal from office, Seattle University professor Marco Lowe considers the election's meaning.

12/06/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Lease Peeping

Seattle's Rental Climate Has Changed, Even If Prices Haven’t

New laws backed by city council member Kshama Sawant, including improved eviction safeguards, have buoyed renters and irked landlords.

11/09/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Vote!

What You Need to Know about the November 2 General Election

Candidates, ballot logistics, and other essential information for voting on Tuesday.

10/28/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

City Council Position, At-Large

This Election Race Is (Probably) Going to Be Seattle’s Tightest

The contest between Sara Nelson and Nikkita Oliver for Seattle City Council Position No. 9 is going to be extremely close, a new poll says.

10/26/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Currents

The Fight to Preserve Pike Place Market Isn't Over

Fifty years after a vote saved one of Seattle’s most famous landmarks, the historical commission that protects its character faces neglect from the city.

10/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

Seattle Will Have a Recall Election After All. How Will It Work?

Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant faces a recall election on December 7.

10/05/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Vote!

A Last-Minute Guide to the August 3 Primary Election

Everything you need to know, procrastinators.

07/30/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Permanent Pergolas

Are Seattle’s Cafe Streets Here for Good?

A city council vote on Monday moved us one step closer.

05/17/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Neighborhood Nomenclature

Seattle City Council Stokes the Debate: Uptown or Lower Queen Anne?

A City Hall resolution this week weighed in on the community's official name.

04/14/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy

Timeline

Everything That Happened in Seattle This Year, Non-Covid Edition

Covid-19 masked some major, and not so major, happenings in our city. We've got you covered.

12/29/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Spark Notes

Seattle's Move to Electric Heat Won't Kill the Gas Stove (Yet)

The city's poised to join a climate-conscious club.

12/14/2020 By Christy Carley

Wonk Wagers

Seattle’s New Payroll Tax Is a Gamble

City council's latest business legislation levies companies the region is counting on to lead its recovery. Will they stay?

07/21/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

News Wire

The Defund SPD Debate Flows Between Streets and Spreadsheets

While Black Lives Matter-inspired protests continue, city hall squabbles over how to defund Seattle’s police force.

07/14/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Evict This

Seattle City Council Votes to Curb Winter Evictions

The new legislation aims to mitigate homelessness at a dangerous time of year.

02/11/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

News Wire

Seattle's Progressive City Council vs. Amazon

Kshama Sawant's showdown with Amazon is poised to come to a head in 2020.

01/14/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Glass. Ceiling. Shattered.

Meet the Women Who Fought for Their Place in Seattle Politics

Political pioneers like Bertha Knight Landes, Ruby Chow, and Patty Murray are the real MVPs.

11/26/2019 By Stefan Milne, Courtney Cummings, Lily Hansen, and Sam Jones

Climate (Policy) Change

10 Important Takeaways from Seattle's Green New Deal

Seattle City Council announced an ambitious list of climate goals. Here's what you need to know.

08/21/2019 By Lily Hansen

Snap Judgment

Would You Actually Ride an E-Scooter?

This fall, the city will start accepting permit applications for electric scooter companies.

08/20/2019 By Courtney Cummings