Category Archives: Civics

Democracy Vouchers: They Worked, Now Here Are Five Ways To Make Them Better

by Joe Nguyen 

It is common knowledge that money influences politics and there is certainly a correlation between well-funded candidates and their success in winning elections. In fact, this past cycle in Seattle, every candidate who raised more money than their opponent won (1). Yet, despite how much influence money can buy, less than 2 percent of Seattle residents donated to campaigns before the implementation of democracy vouchers. This means a tiny fraction of the voting population possesses an incredible amount of influence over the outcome of local elections. Continue reading Democracy Vouchers: They Worked, Now Here Are Five Ways To Make Them Better

What’s Next for the New Port Commission?

by Hanna Brooks Olsen 

Two new faces and a much bigger spotlight could mean much more movement from the Port of Seattle

As polls began to close on November 7th, it was clear that a change was in the air. Seats in deeply red areas of the country were turning blue and campaigns built on keeping things the same were being trounced by those which insisted on progress. The first drops in Washington State showed a similar pattern; the voters of the 45th district had elected a Democrat to replace the late Andy Hill, once again creating a Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate. Continue reading What’s Next for the New Port Commission?

A 2017 Election Autopsy

by Michael Maddux, Opinion Writer

What 2017 Tells Us About Seattle

In Seattle, this year’s election was cast as many things. For some, it was about routing the so-called establishment. For others, it was seen as an opportunity to elect ideological purists to the city council. To some it was viewed as a referendum on HALA and density. Not to mention the questions surrounding revenue options in Seattle, and how we’re addressing the homelessness crisis. At the end of the day, most “sides” can claim some victory. A week out, with most of the ballots counted, here’s what voters said: Continue reading A 2017 Election Autopsy

Seattle ‘Employee Hours Tax’ at Center of Budget Debate

by Kelsey Hamlin/CapitolHillSeattle.com

Seattle City Council budget chair Lisa Herbold’s job is to take the mayor’s budget proposal and shape it for the city’s most important priorities. This week, her committee will put the final touches on Seattle’s budget “balancing” process.

A new employee hours tax — sometimes referred to as a head tax — stands at the center of the effort. Continue reading Seattle ‘Employee Hours Tax’ at Center of Budget Debate

King County Council Moves to Prevent Intimate Partner Gun Homicides

by Peter Johnson

Despite Republican opposition, a new county program will take guns out of the hands of the men who batter and kill women at home

Gun violence enters the headlines when, as in Texas over the weekend, someone kills dozens of people all at once in a mass shooting. Those acts of terrorism or myopic vengeance always seem random. Certainly, they are hard to predict. Continue reading King County Council Moves to Prevent Intimate Partner Gun Homicides

Stop the Sweeps Seattle Continues Outdoor Occupation after City Hall Protest

by Will Sweger

Last Thursday night, huddled under the entryway of the King County Administration Building against the cold rain, approximately twenty Seattleites gathered to discuss their options. The encampment of about 30 tents they had been calling home was facing eviction the next morning. This site was all that was left of Wednesday’s demonstration to occupy city hall. Continue reading Stop the Sweeps Seattle Continues Outdoor Occupation after City Hall Protest