Seattle councilman becomes the city's 3rd mayor in a week
Seattle has its third mayor in less than a week, after former Mayor Ed Murray resigned amid allegations he sexually abused teenage boys decades ago.
'Excommunicate me from the church of social justice': an activist's plea for change
Frances Lee is a queer activist of colour, and a tireless campaigner for social justice. But these days Frances is fed up, and exhausted by the puritanical demands and strictures of fellow comrades.
State sues Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center for paying immigrant detainees $1 a day
Washington state’s attorney general is suing the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, which houses immigrants facing deportation proceedings, over conditions at the facility run by the for-profit GEO Group.
The last straw? Seattle will say goodbye to plastic straws, utensils with upcoming ban
“Strawless in Seattle”: The city will enact the ban next year for all businesses that sell food or drinks as part of an effort to curb plastic waste. Meanwhile, restaurants and venues have begun making the switch.
Wildfires and smoke provide a peek into the future
Ash falling on Seattle and Portland. Air so thick with smoke it’s hazardous for everyone in Spokane, regardless of age or health.
‘End of life as we know it’: With DACA ending, Washington state Dreamer prepares for fight
The waiting was killing Paúl Quiñonez Figueroa. Now that the DACA recipient and legislative assistant knows President Trump’s plans for young, undocumented immigrants, he can figure out next steps, including how to avoid being a bargaining chip at his parents’ expense.
Racism is terror; love must prevail
While Charlottesville had a “Unite the Right” rally where a white supremacist took the life of an activist, my family and I were camping in Northern California. Having no cellphone use, I was oblivious to what was unfolding around the country.
Why This Little East Coast City Plays a Big Role in Democracy Reform
If the 2016 US presidential primaries made you think “there must be a better way to vote” and you started poking around to learn more about democracy reforms, you probably came across Ranked Choice Voting...
The best way to fight neo-Nazis is to … laugh?
Hate is marching in the streets. Some of the same groups that marched in Charlottesville are growing in the Northwest. A local author has argued the best thing to do to confront it all is to ... show up and mock them.
Outspoken WSU wolf researcher says university, lawmakers silenced and punished him
Slaying the Gerrymander, Part 4: Make Elected Officials Accountable to Voters
Elected representatives should be accountable to voters. It is supposed to work like this: you, the voter, consider your options and choose a candidate who seems most likely to fight for policies you like. You...
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.