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Seattle’s Democracy Vouchers Aim To Increase Civic Participation. Will They Work?

Seattle’s unique Democracy Voucher Program was designed to increase the number and diversity of local candidates. Is it doing the job?

This article appears in print in the July 2019 issue. Click here to subscribe. This year’s Seattle City Council races have produced a…

Erica C. Barnett

City Council’s Lorena Gonzalez Proposes Paid Family Leave for Private Employees

Earlier this year, the city council adopted legislation guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid parental leave to City of Seattle employees, but expanding family leave to private employees is proving more controversial

The numbers are stark. According to a survey conducted for the City of Seattle by Maggie Simich of Patinkin Research,…

Erica Barnett

In Search of a Happier Seattle

It’s time to start talking about what really matters when making policy decisions for our city: the

When civic disputes get down to arguments over numbers, the point has usually been lost. Debates this year over building…

Seattle Mag

Seattle’s Mini Mayors

Our's is one of the last big cities with an ‘at large’ city council. Some say it hurts neighborhoods

As he travels around Seattle seeking support for his City Council candidacy, Bradley Meacham hears the same two questions over…

Seattle Mag