Josh Kelety

This petroleum refinery in Anacortes is run by Shell, one of the defendants in the suit brought by King County. Photo by Walter Siegmund/Wikipedia Commons

Can King County win its lawsuit against Big Oil?

Legal experts think past lawsuits against the tobacco industry increase the odds of a favorable outcome.

 

Governor and Secretary of State to fund statewide prepaid ballot postage

King County, however, won’t get any of that money.

 

King County adopts prepaid ballot postage

Designed to improve voter turnout, the measure was approved in time for the 2018 midterm elections.

 

As proposed by King County Public Health, safe drug consumption sites would feature medical personnel with naloxone to prevent overdose deaths and sterile needles for drug users to prevent the spread of disease. Photo by Todd Huffman/Wikipedia Commons

Safe drug site challenge heads to state Supreme Court

The case will determine if an initiative banning the project in King County can go to the ballot.

As proposed by King County Public Health, safe drug consumption sites would feature medical personnel with naloxone to prevent overdose deaths and sterile needles for drug users to prevent the spread of disease. Photo by Todd Huffman/Wikipedia Commons

New audit highlights the shortcomings of King County’s regional homelessness plan

The stats don’t lie—the system isn’t working.

Board members of All Home stand behind King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan during a May 3 press conference at the Salvation Army William Booth Center. Photo by Josh Kelety

King County and Seattle agree to restructure regional homelessness programs

The move comes after calls for change from advocates within the system.

Board members of All Home stand behind King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan during a May 3 press conference at the Salvation Army William Booth Center. Photo by Josh Kelety
Transit-oriented development near the Othello Station in Southeast Seattle. Photo by SounderBruce/Wikipedia Commons

Sound Transit plans to facilitate affordable housing near light rail stations

The agency is setting aside land in hopes of making transit more equitable.

Transit-oriented development near the Othello Station in Southeast Seattle. Photo by SounderBruce/Wikipedia Commons
Cargo transportation was among the various regional industries driving wage and employment growth in King County. Photo via PxHere

King County employment numbers continue to rise

New statistics show a decrease in unemployment and higher average pay, but the growth may start to slow.

Cargo transportation was among the various regional industries driving wage and employment growth in King County. Photo via PxHere
All Home board members meet in Seattle on April 23 to talk about its structure. Photo by Josh Kelety

The never-ending search for an effective King County homeless plan

While All Home attempts to address the issue, the group’s lack of actual power results in little change.

All Home board members meet in Seattle on April 23 to talk about its structure. Photo by Josh Kelety
A Canadian safe consumption site in Lethbridge. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge

County plans for second safe drug site on hold

Following intense resistance to the proposal from the suburbs, county officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.

A Canadian safe consumption site in Lethbridge. Photo supplied by ARCHES in Lethbridge

King County Council passes renter protections bill

The legislation is intended to prevent landlords from discriminating based on the source of a prospective tenant’s income.

King County Sheriff’s deputies to carry naloxone

All 450 deputies are slated carry the heroin overdose antidote by mid-summer.

Critics say draft plan from county task force on homelessness underwhelms

One Table’s first stab at recommendations leaves some members calling for a bolder, clearly financed plan.

Photo by SounderBruce/Wikimedia

Homeless riders rack up RapidRide fare fines

A recent report shows that they make up a quarter of all recent citations. Metro says that it will review its system to account for bus riders who can not pay.

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John Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax

Former U.S. Secretary of State said “Washington has an opportunity to lead.”

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Bill to tax oil in pipelines advances in state Senate

The measure would also update state oil spill contingency plans.

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Light rail funding could be in trouble if car tab taxes decrease. Photo by Richard Eriksson/Flickr

Republican lawmakers call for further action on car tabs

Senate Democrat slams their efforts as “unthoughtful sledgehammers.”

Light rail funding could be in trouble if car tab taxes decrease. Photo by Richard Eriksson/Flickr

Carbon tax plan advances in the state Senate

Bill moves out of committee with lower tax rate than governor proposed, a “monumental step.”

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Washington health insurance market in flux

Premiums have skyrocketed, prompting a response from lawmakers.

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By Nicole Jennings

Lawmakers still grappling with court mandated education funding

Roughly $1 billion more is needed, and school districts want their local levies.

By Nicole Jennings