Political Issues

Tell us what questions you have about Seattle’s proposed head tax

This idea for a new tax that’d apply to companies earning at least $20 million annually is creating a perfect storm of the four things Seattleites get most tense about: Amazon, housing, taxes and city growth.

/ May 7, 2018


Sea-Tac’s getting an upgrade as Seattle booms. Here’s what to know

What to know about the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport’s upgrade plans.

/ April 9, 2018


Why are people so upset about KOMO and Sinclair?

Many of you expressed concerns about Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest broadcast company in the country and the parent company of Seattle’s KOMO-TV. Let’s break it down…

/ April 6, 2018


Survey: Let’s get real about news and trust

(Kayla Velasquez / Unsplash) UPDATE: Submissions for the survey are now closed. Thanks to everyone who shared their insights! Just one in every five American adults trusts national news organizations, according to the Pew Research Center. And only 1 in 20 trusts the news they see on social media. Considering how important good information is […]

/ April 3, 2018


Why are Seattleites all reading this novel together this spring?

Grab yer reading glasses, folks. The whole dang city is reading and discussing “Homegoing” by Ghanian American author Yaa Gyasi this season.

/ March 23, 2018


This Seattleite wants to bridge political divisions over dinner

“Mealtime is probably the most powerful cultural asset that we have in America,” says Emily Nelson. “And we need to use it now — now more than ever.”

/ March 14, 2018


Here’s why people are mad at Washington legislators over our public records law

At least 12 Washington news organizations have condemned the State Legislature’s emergency bill to bury some public records.

/ February 27, 2018


13 tips on how to have difficult conversations without losing your cool

Tense conversations are hard, and we believe that the decision to engage in one, or stay in one, or see any value in one, is entirely personal.

/ February 7, 2018


We need to continue talking with people who disagree with us. So where do we go from here?

It’s been eight months since we took a group of people from liberal King County to visit conservative Sherman County. Here’s what we learned.

/ November 22, 2017


9 thoughtful projects Seattleites launched after the 2016 election

Seattleites didn’t sit still after Donald Trump was elected president. Instead, they made some amazing things to help foster connection and community.

/ November 10, 2017