Spokane eyes tougher regulations for Uber, Lyft after outcry from cab companies
With no new rules in sight from the state Legislature, Spokane signed contracts with the popular ride-hailing services last week with the promise city laws would be rewritten. Traditional taxi drivers have been lobbying the City Council to pass rules that put the same, or a similar, regulatory burden on ride-hailing services to keep the market competitive.
Hoping for a leftist revolution in Tuesday’s vote? Not so fast
Insiders were supposed to be out, and outsiders in. But voters suddenly got a little moderate.
Durkan takes early lead in primary to replace Seattle mayor
Early returns in Tuesday's primary election for Seattle mayor were showing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan with a runaway lead.
New pulp mill planned for southeast Washington will turn straw into commercial product
A pulp mill planned for southeastern Washington will extract cellulose from wheat and alfalfa straw, turning a waste product into a commodity. Columbia Pulp expects to begin operations in late 2018.
Washington has more homeless students than most states, and their numbers keep growing
In a three-year span, when the number of homeless students in Washington grew by 30 percent, the amount of federal funding provided to help homeless students only increased by 8 percent.
Trump Is Woody Allen Without the Humor
by: Peggy Noonan
Half his tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn.
Latah blues: Town weighs disincorporation as city government lacks candidates for office
Some residents, including a sitting councilman, have floated the idea of disincorporating the town of Latah and letting the county take over services such as snowplowing and construction permitting.
After just 2 days, there’s already a petition to change distracted driving law
An online petition asking state lawmakers to change Washington’s new distracted driving law had more than 11,500 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
‘Put the cellphone down’ law starts Sunday
Washington becomes one of the toughest states in the country Sunday for people who do anything behind the wheel with their cell phones.
Spokane City Council passes climate change ordinance
The Spokane City Council cemented its plan for combating climate change in city law while also affirming as fact that global warming is at least partially caused by human activity. The council added the city’s 2010 sustainability action plan to city code Monday night in a 6-1 vote. Councilman Mike Fagan cast the lone vote against the measure. The ordinance solidifies Spokane’s commitment to sustainability and fighting climate change, said Council President Ben Stuckart.
How will Washington’s new schools plan affect your property taxes? Depends where you live
About two-thirds of Washington residents live in school districts where property-tax rates are expected to go down under a new plan approved by the state Legislature.
‘Tax the rich!’: Seattle’s new income tax on the wealthy sparks social-media firestorm
Seattle's new income tax on the wealthy is expected to draw a quick legal challenge — and the debate is already raging on the web.
Wyman calls Trump’s vote fraud claim ‘ludicrous,’ refers him to website
Washington’s secretary of state said Monday her office referred President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged 2016 election voter fraud to a publicly available link of voter data, but it reiterated no private information will be shared with the panel.
The Times recommends: Jenny Durkan is by far best candidate for mayor
Jenny Durkan has the experience, perspective and ideas to lead Seattle through a moment of upheaval.
More charter schools to open in Washington state, encouraging new network
Slow to gain approval and stymied by lawsuits, charter schools in Washington are steadily expanding nonetheless.