Politics & Government

Redistricting Maps Show Aggressive Republican Gerrymandering as Deadline Approaches

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Washington State's redistricting process is off to the most contentious start in 40 years as Republicans propose aggressive gerrymanders of Seattle and the state...
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Lack of Clarity in Seattle City Code Harms Renters

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Parallel to Governor Inslee’s housing stability bridge program and Mayor Durkan’s extension of Seattle’s eviction moratorium, the Seattle City Council passed a series of...
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New Seattle Legislation Advances Renter Protections Against Economic Eviction

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On Monday, the Seattle City Council had a busy -- and consequential -- day of voting on council bills related to renters' rights in...
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Mayor’s Budget Proposes Adding 35 Cops, Skimps Elsewhere

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Mayor Jenny Durkan released her budget today and sent Deputy Mayor Shefali Ranganathan to deliver brief remarks on the proposal to the Seattle City...

2022 Seattle Solidarity Budget Launches Today

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With its official launch, the Seattle Solidarity Budget coalition seeks to influence decision making over the 2022 City of Seattle Budget. This weekend marks...
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First Look at Proposed State Legislature Redistricting Maps

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The four members of the Washington State Redistricting Committee submitted their first draft of maps this week. At this stage the four maps --...

Early Polling Indicates Tight Mayoral Race, Potent Lines of Attack Against Harrell

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The Seattle Mayoral race is shaping up to be a tight one. Just two points separated Bruce Harrell and Lorena González in the primary,...
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The Urbanist’s 2021 General Endorsements

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This election, Seattle can do much to advance progressive causes and elevate visionary leaders. The flip side of the coin is a possible retreat...