Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has nominated Carmen Best to serve as the city's police chief. So what does Public Defender Association director Lisa Daugaard think about the pick and the process that preceded it?
Caleb Heimlich is the Washington State Republican Party's new chairman and the youngest state GOP chair in the country. He talks to The Overcast about upcoming races for the U.S. Senate, Congress and state Legislature.
Now that Seattle has passed a controversial $275 per employee head tax on larger businesses to pay for homelessness services and housing, what's next for the city and its relationship with Amazon and other businesses? Political reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman break down what happened and what's next.
Amazon is threatening to scale back Seattle growth in response to City Hall's proposed "head tax" on larger employers to address homelessness. Downtown Seattle Association President Jon Scholes joins The Overcast this week to argue against the tax -- and say what businesses would prefer instead.
The Seattle City Council is considering a "head tax" on large employers that would raise $75 million per year for homeless housing and emergency services, and Councilmember M. Lorena González is a sponsor. She joins The Overcast to explain the plan and answer questions.
Seattle University law professor Dean Spade joins reporter Daniel Beekman of The Seattle Times and Simone Alicea of KNKX 88.5 to discuss the No New Youth Jail campaign, which has been trying to halt King County's construction of a new juvenile detention center in Seattle.
Seattle Times reporter David Gutman brings The Overcast up to date on a traffic jam of transportation news at City Hall. Mayor Jenny Durkan has halted streetcar and bike-lane projects and announced a plan to pursue tolls on downtown streets, and the City Council has eased parking regulations for housing developers.
Maxford Nelsen is the labor-policy director for the Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank that's been fighting with Washington state's public-sector unions. He sits down with The Overcast to talk about the state of play. Does he deny that unions benefit workers?
City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, elected in November to a citywide seat, joined The Overcast to discuss what she's working on, such as protections for domestic workers, and some headlines, such as a ruling against Seattle's first-come, first-served rental law.
J.T. Wilcox, a Yelm Republican, is the new minority leader in Washington's state house. He sat down with The Overcast this week to talk about the recent legislative session, relations with Seattle politicians and the upcoming midterm elections. Will a "blue wave" hit here as a rebuke of President Trump?
After Seattle police fatally shot his brother in 2016, Andrè Taylor began pushing to change a Washington law that's made it virtually impossible to prosecute law-enforcement officers for their use of deadly force. Last week, the state Legislature agreed to do just that.
SEIU 775 president David Rolf talks about his union's past victories and future agenda in Washington state and Seattle - and whether a looming U.S. Supreme Court ruling will further cut union membership.
Last week, state Sen. Reuven Carlyle, a Seattle Democrat, joined The Overcast and attacked Washington's new school-funding plan as too reliant on property taxes and too burdensome for Puget Sound communities. This week, state Sen. Johh Braun, a Centralia Republican, tells his side of the story. Braun helped draw up the funding plan.
Seattle Times education reporter Paige Cornwell sent out a call to readers to ask when - or if - they learned about sexual consent. She got back 250 response from people of all ages. She explains what she learned and how Seattle-area schools are leading the way on teaching consent to students.