Political Issues

Should Seattle’s new sports arena go in SoDo or Seattle Center? Here’s how to decide, and how to speak out

There are a few ways Seattle could build a sports arena to draw a pro basketball and hockey team to the city, and city officials will be deciding which to go with pretty soon. Care about Seattle traffic or housing prices? UW prof Jeff Shulman tells you why you should be paying attention.

/ April 14, 2017


Is this ‘the most damning political scandal in recent Seattle history’? — Seattle’s week in 2 minutes

The Seattle Times dropped a bombshell on the city yesterday when it reported that our mayor’s being sued for allegedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in the 1980s. Not only that, but two other men have come forward with similar accounts.

/ April 7, 2017


Amazon on Seattle’s growth: ‘We have a lot of people working really hard to make sure that we are very good neighbors’

To what extent should a fast growing, wildly successful tech company be held accountable for changes in the city that’s booming along with it? Journalists, audience members, and Amazon VP John Schoettler seemed to be circling that question throughout the tense conversation at Wednesday’s Civic Cocktail.

/ April 6, 2017


Seattle is now home to the two richest people in the whole wide world

Bill Gates of Microsoft and Jeff Bezos of Amazon head up the billionaires list, Seattle is suing Trump, and get the champagne bottles ready — there could be two big reasons to celebrate soon. One of them is named Bertha.

/ March 31, 2017


‘We know they would stand up for us.’ How good neighbors are helping South Seattle Muslims lose their fear in the Trump era

Yurub Mohamed feels safer in her neighborhood than she has in months. And it all started with a letter.

/ March 30, 2017


20 post-election projects that are out to bridge political divides

We’ve been keeping a lookout for projects that are out to build understanding among different ideologies after that shocking election. Here are the ones we’ve come across so far.

/ March 28, 2017


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