City Wants to Make it Easier to Get Energy Assistance

The city's human services department is trying to make it easier for people to navigate its often confusing maze of energy-assistance programs. Image via

04/25/2012 By Josh Feit


Ex-Sheriff's Spokesman Lays Out Accountability Platform

Former sheriff's spokesman John Urquhart lays out his police accountability platform as he announces his candidacy for King County Sheriff.

04/24/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Brett Phillips: Like Father, Like Son

36th District legislative candidate Brett Phillips takes after his father, longtime King County Council member Larry Phillips. Image via Go For It Larry! on Flickr.

04/18/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Stranger Writer Eli Sanders Wins Pulitzer for Feature Writing; Seattle Times Duo for Investigative Reporting

The Stranger's Eli Sanders wins a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of South Park murder.

04/16/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Ferguson Laps Dunn in Fundraising for AG's Race

Democratic Attorney General candidate Bob Ferguson has raised more than his Republican opponent, Reagan Dunn, but the two men are still neck-and-neck in the fundraising race.

04/12/2012 By Josh Feit


Goodman Drops Out of First District Race

State representative Roger Goodman withdraws from the crowded race to replace US Rep. Jay Inslee.

04/12/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Ruderman at $362,000

Former state representative Laura Ruderman has raised more than $360,000, putting her in the lead among a pack of six candidates for the First Congressional District seat being vacated by Jay Inslee, who's running for governo.

04/10/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


McKenna-Endorsed Tea Party Candidate Running Again

Elizabeth Scott, a Rob McKenna-endorsed Tea Party legislative candidate, is running again.

04/09/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


News Council Rules Against KUOW on Crisis Pregnancy Center Story

A media watchdog group rules that local public-radio station KUOW erred when it failed to contact an anti-abortion group for a story about crisis pregnancy centers.

04/06/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Early Jolt: GOP Staffer Seeks Settlement with State Over GOP Coup Deal

The AP reports that Sen. Pam Roach, who'd been banned from her caucus for mistreating staffers, was allowed back in caucus in exchange for her vote on budget over the objections of staff.

04/04/2012 By Josh Feit


Shakeup in Crowded 36th District Field

The crowded field of candidates for an open 36th District House seat just lost one contnder and gained another.

04/03/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Extra Fizz: Toby Crittenden New Executive Director of the Washington Bus

Longtime Bus staffer takes over as executive director of the GOTV group.

04/03/2012 By Josh Feit


DelBene Nets Two Big Labor Endorsements

Congressional candidate Suzan DelBene nets two major labor endorsements.

03/28/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Another Contender in the 46th

Shelly Crocker, a bankruptcy attorney and homeless advocate, jumps in to the race for state house in the 46th.

03/27/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Early Jolt: DelBene at $300,000

DelBene hasn't used any of her own wealth so far.

03/27/2012 By Josh Feit


Jessyn Farrell Rakes in Endorsements in 46th

Transit advocate Jessyn Farrell rakes in early endorsements.

03/26/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Inslee: McKenna Needs to "Get Over" Opposition to Light Rail

At an Eastside press conference, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee says his GOP opponent, AG Rob McKenna, needs to "get over" his opposition to light rail.

03/23/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


McKenna On I-90 Light Rail: "I'm Not Sure How It's Going to Work."

THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH COMMENTS FROM ROB MCKENNA'S CAMPAIGN. GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna expresses doubt that light rail across I-90 will work, calls Sound Transit "significantly unaccountable," at Eastside breakfast.

03/22/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Cantwell "Furious" At GOP Opposition to Violence Against Women Act

Republicans opposed to renewing the Violence Against Women Act are effectively arguing that the legislation, which passed in 1994 with broad bipartisan support, protects too many women. Image via the New York Times.

03/15/2012 By Erica C. Barnett


Wednesday Jolt: Rahr Resigns

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr wil step down to take a job as director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.

03/14/2012 By Afternoon Jolt