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How Progressive Is Seattle?

An extra-long 2021 election season gave us more time to weigh which side of the left we’re really on.

02/15/2022 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

Power Players

100 of the Most Influential People in Seattle

Our full list of politicians, chefs, scientists, athletes, housing advocates, and other local leaders who made the cut in 2021.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Power Players

The Most Influential People in Seattle Politics

Pramila Jayapal, Girmay Zahilay, and Jay Inslee are among the local leaders who have shaped Washington State most profoundly.

12/09/2021 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

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

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

Cover Story

The 30 Women Who Shaped Seattle

Bold women have fashioned Seattle into someplace bigger, smarter, and more fun since the very beginning.

11/26/2019 Edited by Allison Williams

Explainer

A Seattle Voter's Guide to the November 2019 General Election

Before you drop your vote in the mail by November 5, here's a quick look at your ballot.

10/22/2019 By Rosin Saez

Snap Judgment

Is Amazon’s NYC Pullout Good for Seattle?

After a less-than-warm HQ2 reception from New York, Jeff Bezos calls the whole thing off.

04/23/2019 By Gwen Hughes

Explainer

Seattle Labor Unions Then and Now

The city’s worker movement was, and remains, a prominent force in the political scene. But what’s changed and what’s stayed the same?

03/26/2019 By Rosin Saez

Housing and Homelessness

Sawant Wants to Change Hiring Process for Human Services Director

The council member blocked mayor Jenny Durkan's appointment choice in committee, demanding instead a different way to hire for the role.

02/05/2019 By Hayat Norimine

Housing and Homelessness

Seattle City Council Freezes Redevelopment on Mobile Home Parks

Residents of Halcyon Mobile Home Park feared evictions when the property went up for sale.

01/29/2019 By Hayat Norimine

This Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Council Members' Re-Election Bids, Inslee's 2020 Aspirations, and Seattle's IT Department

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

01/25/2019 By Anne Dennon

Election 2019

Who Is Running for Seattle City Council?

Catch up on the latest campaigns for the 2019 election.

12/03/2018 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

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