Danny Westneat takes an opinionated look at the Puget Sound region's news, people and politics. Send tips or comments to email@example.com. His column runs Wednesday and Sunday.
It used to be businesses and workers negotiated pay and other benefits among themselves. Now they’re both going to government for leverage — with taxpayers squeezed in between.
Seattle is remaking its downtown, all at once. On paper anyway, the plans are very nice. Too nice.
Think Arizona is backward? We’ve got the same movement here to try to deny services to gays and lesbians in the name of religion.
The $15-an-hour minimum wage leaves many nonprofit social-service providers in a bind. A lot of them support the idea, but their organizations can’t afford it.
A Seattle liberal pokes his head up to challenge Seattle’s $15 minimum wage.
There is no backup plan to drilling the downtown Seattle tunnel. So we’re going to have to tough this one out.
A new governor showed up this week when Jay Inslee said he would halt all death-row executions in Washington state.
They’ve finally gotten all the kids out of Seattle’s shantytown, which is great news. But more may be on the way.
Seattle’s not used to winning much on the national stage. And it shows.
Raising the minimum wage is popular. But doing it first only in the public sector seems tailor-made to spark anti-government acrimony.