Political Issues

Seattle’s week in 2 minutes: Our political energy is building. But toward what?

Seattle is charged up for a fight, and building like crazy. But who’s being left out? We’ve got big updates in your city this week on politics, homelessness, and this huge construction zone we call home.

/ March 10, 2017


‘Melting Mountains’ and the art of diplomacy: A reflection on crossing political divides from Sherman County, Oregon

Jessica Richelderfer Wheeler, a former copy editor who lives on a wheat farm in rural Oregon, attended our ‘Melting Mountains’ event to bring people from liberal King County and conservative Sherman County together: ‘We want a great place to live, to be safe, for our kids to become who they want to become,’ she writes. ‘We just have different ideas of how we’re gonna get there.’

/ March 8, 2017


‘I want to stay curious’ and other takeaways from a trip across the political divide

‘It can be a powerful experience to step out of your own echo chamber.’ People from liberal King County, Washington, and conservative Sherman County, Oregon, share their thoughts after they sat down one-on-one with each other to talk about the country.

/ March 8, 2017


Seattleites took a 10-hour road trip to cross a political divide. Here’s what happened

Sherman County, Oregon, is the nearest county that voted exactly opposite us in the presidential election. While 74 percent of King County voters went for Clinton, 74 percent of Sherman County voters went for Donald Trump. So we paid Sherman County a visit.

/ March 7, 2017


Why this Seattleite started a project to bring Trump voters and Hillary voters together

Seattle’s Bo Zhang is bringing together 12 Hillary voters and 12 Trump voters in a yearlong private online discussion that will culminate in a public art installation about everything they’ll learn.

/ March 2, 2017


Your last chance to see posters from the women’s march

An exhibition of stylish posters from the women’s marches the day after Trump’s inauguration is on its last week.

/ February 21, 2017


Can you write the best letter from Donald Trump? Seattle bar The Hideout wants to see you try

What could Donald Trump say that would make you happy? The Hideout, a bar on First Hill, is hosting a writing contest to see who can write the ‘best’ letter from President Trump.

/ February 16, 2017


Dance the #$@! away: 14 things to do around Seattle this week

Talks, meetups, parties — here are 14 ways to roll through another strange week.

/ January 30, 2017


Protests and politics: When was the last time Seattle felt this charged up?

After two straight weekends of heightened tension and protests, Seattle feels active and electric. We asked Northwest native and historian Knute Berger when Seattle had felt this way in the past.

/ January 30, 2017


Why we’re counting our homeless neighbors tomorrow

1,000 volunteers will fan out across King County count how many people are unsheltered or not living in permanent housing early Friday morning. What for? We explain.

/ January 26, 2017