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.
Todd Myers, an environmental-policy analyst with the free-market Washington Policy Center think tank, joins The Overcast to question the carbon-tax proposal under consideration by Washington lawmakers.
The Sightline Institute's climate-change expert, Kristin Eberhard, joins The Overcast to break down the carbon-tax proposal heating up the Washington Legislature and the initiative campaign waiting to pounce if lawmakers don't act.
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.
Property-tax bills are set to be mailed next month and many homeowners in the Seattle area are expecting big increases. That's partly because state lawmakers passed a new schools-funding plan. Sen. Reuven Carylye, a Democrat, voted against the plan. This week, he explains why and what to expect next.
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.
Seattle is entering its PERIOD OF MAXIMUM CONSTRAINT. That's what planners are calling a span from 2018 to 2021 during which your ability to move through downtown will take a back seat to big infrastructure projects and super-charged growth. For Episode 65 of The Overcast, Seattle Times transportation reporter serves up an inside scoop.
Democrats now control the Washington governor's office and both houses of the state Legislature. But their majorities are slim. What will and won't they be able to do with their new power? Sharon Nelson, the state senate's majority leader, tells The Overcast what she expects and tries to dodge questions about lawmakers making their correspondence public.
What were the biggest stories of 2017 in Seattle and Washington politics? What will emerge as the biggest stories in 2018? Make a list and then see whether you agree with The Overcast, as reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman remember the year that was and look ahead at the year to come.
Only 0.7 percent of Seattle’s African-American students are enrolled in the district’s most exclusive gifted classes. The rate for whites is nearly 18 times higher. That outrageous disparity is tied to how the district goes about identifying highly-capable kids. Seattle Times education reporter Claudia Rowe explains the issue and a different approach in Miami that's yielding results.
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole will step down at the end of the year, Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced. Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich tells The Overcast where O'Toole came from, what she did, why she's leaving and what comes next.
Kirsten Harris-Talley served only 51 days as a Seattle City Council member this fall after she was appointed to temporarily fill a vacant seat. But she had plenty to do, diving into contentious negotiations over the city's next budget and a proposed tax on big businesses. Harris-Talley explains what it was like for an activist to take part in Seattle politics on the inside.
What's working and what's not as the Seattle regions grapples with homelessness? Seattle Times reporter Vernal Coleman joins politics reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman to discuss Project Homeless, a new Seattle Times initiative that explores and explains a complex and troubling set of problems.
With the City Council working on Seattle's 2018 budget, Councilmember Mike O'Brien sits down with The Overcast to discuss two proposals. One would tax large businesses to help fight homelessness. The other would pay a consultant to study the possibility of tolling motorists who drive into downtown.
Seattle Times environment reporter Lynda Mapes explains why martens may be missing in the Olympic Mountains, what scientists are worried about after a survey of waters off Washington and how 105,000 Atlantic Ocean salmon wound up in the Salish Sea.
Former Washington state GOP chairman Chris Vance and Nick Troiano, executive director of the Centrist Project argue a new centrist political movement can attract voters fed up with Democrats and Republicans. Hosting this week, political reporter Jim Brunner presses them on whether a centrist movement can really take hold in Washington state or nationally.
Seattle Times reporter Nina Shaprio discusses her recent story about five-year-old Gary Blanton, who died in the care of an aunt struggling with six kids in a “chaotic” home. Why did the state keep him there? And what are officials doing to longstanding problems in Washington's welfare system?
Seattle Times reporters Jim Brunner and Daniel Beekman interview Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell about a very unusual time in local politics. Harrell became mayor after Ed Murray resigned amid allegations of sexual abuse but only stayed in the role for a few days.