Josh Kelety

Daron Morris suspends campaign for King County prosecutor

After running as a reformer, medical issues are preventing Morris from finishing the race.

 

Smith vs. Smith: Two Democrats clash in 9th Congressional District candidate forum

Democratic socialist Sarah Smith seeks ‘bold new progressive vision’ in bid to replace incumbent Adam Smith.

 

King County moves to expand pre-booking diversion program

Three cities could get money to link low-level drug offenders to services and keep them out of jail.

 

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Safeco Field will get a new name next year

Seattle Mariners could make over $100 million from naming rights.

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Officials warn of more HIV transmissions among homeless drug users

A group of eight recently homeless and heterosexual injection drug users in North King County were diagnosed with HIV by county health officials over the… Continue reading

Public funding for Safeco Field upkeep could go before voters

King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski wants the public to weigh in with an advisory vote

Housing crisis fuels opposition to Safeco Field investment

Coalition calls on King County Council to divert public money away from stadium maintenance and put it toward affordable housing

King County bans solitary confinement of juveniles

Policy shift comes as part of a settlement in response to a 2017 lawsuit

Former public defender Daron Morris criticized King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg on issues like bail at a Aug. 15 forum at the MLK Labor Temple in Seattle. Photo by Josh Kelety

Race for King County prosecutor heats up at forum

Former public defender Daron Morris slams incumbent Dan Satterberg for the use of bail in the county justice system.

Former public defender Daron Morris criticized King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg on issues like bail at a Aug. 15 forum at the MLK Labor Temple in Seattle. Photo by Josh Kelety

Democratic socialist to run against Rep. Adam Smith in Nov. election

After coming up short in early results for Aug. 7 primary, Sarah Smith moves into second place

Rossi and Schrier lead 8th Congressional District race

Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier are the top two finishers in the Aug. 7 primary race for U.S. Representative in Washington’s 8th Congressional… Continue reading

Miloscia leads primary race for District 30 State Senate seat

In the race for District 30 State Senate, Republican incumbent Mark Miloscia is the leading vote-getter so far in the Aug. 7 primary election. The… Continue reading

Adam Smith beats Democratic challenger in 9th Congressional District

The 9th Congressional District — spanning from Southeast Seattle and Bellevue down to Federal Way and Tacoma — is a reliably safe Democratic district that… Continue reading

Organizations like the ACLU are pushing against law enforcement using facial recognition software. A recent test of Amazon’s tech falsely identified 28 members of Congress as criminals. Image courtesy ACLU

Property tax levy for fingerprinting is ‘godsend to law enforcement,’ says King County sheriff

Civil liberty advocates argue that the ballot measure’s language opens the door for inaccurate facial ID technology.

Organizations like the ACLU are pushing against law enforcement using facial recognition software. A recent test of Amazon’s tech falsely identified 28 members of Congress as criminals. Image courtesy ACLU
King County Council is proposing measures that would impact gun storage and sales. Photo by zaphad1/Flickr

King County Council members push safe storage gun regulation

Gun rights groups have threatened legal action over the measure.

King County Council is proposing measures that would impact gun storage and sales. Photo by zaphad1/Flickr
Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta stands alongside family members, Burien Police Chief Ted Boe, and Burien City Manager Brian Wilson at a July 23 press conference. Photo by Josh Kelety

Burien Mayor Assaulted in Potential Hate Crime

The King County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the attack against the Latinx Mayor Jimmy Matta.

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta stands alongside family members, Burien Police Chief Ted Boe, and Burien City Manager Brian Wilson at a July 23 press conference. Photo by Josh Kelety
Nikkita Oliver speaks at a July 17 No New Youth Jail press conference in front of the construction site of the King County Youth Detention Center. Photo by Josh Kelety

King County youth detention center moves forward despite opposition

As community criticism of the project mounts, King County tries to take a middle road.

Nikkita Oliver speaks at a July 17 No New Youth Jail press conference in front of the construction site of the King County Youth Detention Center. Photo by Josh Kelety
The Carlton Complex wildfire burned in north-central Washington state in 2014. Photo by Jason Kriess/Wikimedia Commons

King County burn ban under way

Other counties across the state have already enacted similar restrictions.

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned in north-central Washington state in 2014. Photo by Jason Kriess/Wikimedia Commons
Numerous complaints against King County Sheriff’s deputies for issues like excessive force and improper search and seizure weren’t investigated due to internal misclassification, a new report says. Photo by Oran Viriyincy/Flickr

Complaints against sheriff’s deputies not properly investigated, report says

An outside review says that allegations of excessive force and racially-biased policing weren’t pursued.

Numerous complaints against King County Sheriff’s deputies for issues like excessive force and improper search and seizure weren’t investigated due to internal misclassification, a new report says. Photo by Oran Viriyincy/Flickr

King County Sheriff’s Deputy Fired Over Felony Conviction

The Sheriff’s Office somehow missed his record of assault when hiring him in 2017.