Josh Kelety

Safeco Field funding referendum withdrawn

Safeco Field funding referendum withdrawn

The mysterious backers of the initiative won’t say why, but some think it’s because they couldn’t get funding to gather the necessary signatures.

 

Shortest ever ‘Obamacare’ enrollment period starts Nov. 1

Shortest ever ‘Obamacare’ enrollment period starts Nov. 1

The Trump administration slashes the time frame to sign up for insurance.

 

Metro revises timeline for RapidRide bus expansion

Metro revises timeline for RapidRide bus expansion

After originally aiming to build 20 additional fast-service bus lines on high demand routes by 2040, King County Metro has changed its construction timelines and put 13 of those projects on hold.

 

Rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain divides King County Council

Rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain divides King County Council

In a recent interview, Councilmember Kathy Lambert blamed Fain’s accuser for the alleged rape. Then Lambert’s colleagues distanced themselves from her comments.

Rape allegation against Sen. Joe Fain divides King County Council
Paul Allen, shown in 2015. Courtesy of the Herald

Paul Allen dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder, developer, and philanthropist struggled with cancer for decades

Paul Allen, shown in 2015. Courtesy of the Herald
State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty

All nine justices found the use of capital punishment in Washington state unconstitutional and racially biased.

State Supreme Court strikes down death penalty
Executive Dow Constantine proposes $11.6 Billion budget

Executive Dow Constantine proposes $11.6 Billion budget

With King County’s finances already stretched thin, Constantine’s budget largely maintains current services while making investments in transit, law enforcement, and juvenile justice reform.

Executive Dow Constantine proposes $11.6 Billion budget
Secure gun storage ordinance approved by King County Council

Secure gun storage ordinance approved by King County Council

A Bellevue-based gun rights group has already vowed legal action in response.

Secure gun storage ordinance approved by King County Council
Locked up and poor

Locked up and poor

King County courts use money bail to incarcerate defendants before trial. Should the system be reformed?

Locked up and poor
Daron Morris suspends campaign for King County prosecutor

Daron Morris suspends campaign for King County prosecutor

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

Daron Morris suspends campaign for King County prosecutor
Smith vs. Smith: Two Democrats clash in 9th Congressional District candidate forum

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.

Smith vs. Smith: Two Democrats clash in 9th Congressional District candidate forum
King County moves to expand pre-booking diversion program

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.

King County moves to expand pre-booking diversion program
Photo by Cacophony/Wikipedia Commons

Safeco Field will get a new name next year

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

Photo by Cacophony/Wikipedia Commons
Officials warn of more HIV transmissions among homeless drug users

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

Officials warn of more HIV transmissions among homeless drug users
Public funding for Safeco Field upkeep could go before voters

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

Public funding for Safeco Field upkeep could go before voters
Housing crisis fuels opposition to Safeco Field investment

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

Housing crisis fuels opposition to Safeco Field investment
King County bans solitary confinement of juveniles

King County bans solitary confinement of juveniles

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

King County bans solitary confinement of juveniles
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

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

Democratic socialist to run against Rep. Adam Smith in Nov. election
Rossi and Schrier lead 8th Congressional District race

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

Rossi and Schrier lead 8th Congressional District race