Nick Bowman

Nick Bowman

Nick has lived in Seattle for nearly a decade and a half. He joined the MyNorthwest team in 2018, covering everything from local politics to transportation. Contact Nick at [email protected] Follow on Twitter @NickNorthwest.

Gov. Inslee asks federal government to step in, help state with hospital capacity crisis

Gov. Jay Inslee has sent a letter petitioning the federal government to provide aid for Washington hospitals dealing with surges in COVID patients.
1 month ago

Looking back on mayoral term marked by years of conflict between Jenny Durkan, city council

However brief Jenny Durkan's tenure as mayor will be, it's one that's been punctuated by frequent flare-ups of conflict between her office and city council.
1 month ago

Seattle bid to decriminalize psychedelics could have ‘profound’ effect on treating addiction

Seattle Councilmember Andrew Lewis hosted a panel of experts last week to provide insight into a bid to decriminalize psychedelics citywide.
1 month ago

Douglas County judge allows lawsuit against capital gains tax to move forward

A Douglas County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion asking that he throw out a lawsuit filed against the state's recently passed capital gains tax. 
1 month ago

‘Not a time for baby steps’: Gov. Inslee ‘actively considering’ expanded vaccine requirements

Gov. Jay Inslee expanded the state's mask mandate this week, while hinting that additional vaccine requirements could potentially be on the horizon. 
1 month ago

Kshama Sawant recall campaign turns in signatures, sets sights on winter vote

The campaign seeking to recall Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant has officially turned its signatures in to King County Elections.
2 months ago

Tim Eyman announces new ballot initiative seeking to invalidate state’s capital gains tax

Activist Tim Eyman announced a new ballot initiative on Thursday, which would seek to overturn Washington state's recently-passed capital gains tax.
2 months ago

Over a year later, poll shows broad support for Seattle’s big business tax

Over a year after Seattle City Council passed its "JumpStart" big business tax, polling appears to show wide support for the measure among voters.
2 months ago

Mayor Durkan leaves newly-passed bill limiting SPD’s use of less lethal weapons unsigned

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan left a recently passed bill limiting the police department's use of less lethal weapons during protests unsigned.
2 months ago

King County to explore enacting new vaccine requirements for indoor businesses

King County has officially started the process to explore requiring proof of vaccination for select non-essential indoor businesses and venues. 
2 months ago

What went wrong for Compassion Seattle’s homeless initiative, and what’s next?

With a judge striking a proposed charter amendment from Compassion Seattle off the ballot, what's next for the group ahead of November's election?
2 months ago

Red-lining, race, and wealth continue to form borders between Seattle voters

Candidates Seattle voters chose in the August primary paint a stark picture of a city divided by racial and economic lines dating back nearly a century.
2 months ago

‘This pandemic rages on’: Delta variant has state’s hospitals filled to record levels

State health officials continue to express concerns over a recent rise in COVID-19 cases, as hospitals across Washington have filled to record levels.
2 months ago

Mask mandate ‘a good, moderate step’ to keep state’s hospitality industry running

When it comes to Washington's hospitality industry, many are touting the new mask mandate as a necessary step to avoid closures or capacity limits.
2 months ago

In city that rarely elects Republicans, Seattle conservatives aim for influence behind the scenes

Conservative groups, donors, and campaign operatives have looked to subtly wield their influence throughout Seattle's current election cycle.
2 months ago

New hotel spaces fuel 132% increase in Seattle homeless shelter referrals

Seattle saw a massive increase in homeless shelter referrals in recent months, thanks in large part to newly-opened hotel spaces.
2 months ago

As mask mandate returns, delta variant now makes up 98% of state’s COVID cases

With a statewide mask mandate taking effect next week, the largest concern for health officials continues to be the highly contagious delta variant. 
2 months ago

King County certifies primary results, field now set for November election

Primary election results in King County have officially been certified, with each race now narrowed to two candidates ahead of November. 
2 months ago

Gap in strategy, fundraising opens up between Seattle City Attorney candidates

A sizable fundraising gap -- both in strategy and dollar amounts -- has opened up between the two candidates for Seattle City Attorney.
2 months ago

Kshama Sawant supporters begin mobilizing for winter recall vote in Seattle

With a winter special election the most likely date for a recall vote for Councilmember Kshama Sawant, her supporters are already beginning to mobilize.
2 months ago

Gov. Inslee offers clemency for drug possession convictions invalidated by court ruling

Gov. Inslee announced this week that he will be granting commutations for drug possession convictions invalidated by a recent state Supreme Court decision. 
2 months ago

Seattle council votes to move parking enforcement away from SPD

Seattle City Council voted Monday to move the city's parking enforcement officers out of the police department and into SDOT.
2 months ago

‘Abolitionist’ Seattle City Attorney candidate scores endorsement from local Democrat group

The 34th Legislative District Democrats voted on a new round of endorsements for Seattle's mayoral, city council, and city attorney races.  
2 months ago

State Supreme Court rules in favor of homeless Seattle man whose truck was towed

The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a truck owned by a homeless Seattle man that was towed and impounded was protected under homesteading laws.
2 months ago