With Fireworks and Celebration, Seattle Crowds Welcome 2015

Thousands of people braved the below-freezing temperatures to celebrate the new year at Seattle Center, where, as they have been for decades, fireworks were set off from the Space Needle. An estimated 400,000 people watched the fireworks from surrounding neighborhoods and a half-million tuned in to the fireworks broadcast on KING 5.

Lawsuit Filed Against New Gun Background-Check Law

Opponents of a new expanded gun background-check measure in Washington state filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, asking a federal judge to block parts of the law that involve transfers of firearms. The goal of the lawsuit is not to stop background checks, but to change the language surrounding the transfers.

Inslee Proposes Change To Sales Tax Exemption

Under the proposal, non-Washington residents would need to pay state sales tax and then apply for a refund using receipts. The state would get additional revenue from customers who didn’t go to the trouble of claiming their refunds.

2014 – The Year In Energy

Coal continued to be the fastest growing energy source in the world. China has passed the U.S. in electricity generation. China built almost 600 coal-fired power plants in only 18 years beginning in 1992. China is steadily firing up new nuclear reactors and will begin construction of a new nuclear reactor every three weeks on average for the next few decades.

How Public Sector Unions Divide the Democrats

There’s the rub. Insofar as public unions secure for their members better pay, more generous benefits, and work rules shielding them from management discretion government doesn’t perform as well—and, consequently, neither do Democrats.

No Health Insurance? Penalties to Rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law.

Legislature Won’t Let State Supreme Court Chief Justice Give State of the Judiciary Speech

Chief Justice Barbara Madsen of the Washington state Supreme Court won’t be giving her State of the Judiciary speech next month to the Legislature. Lawmakers have decided to not set aside time for the address, a move that could easily be seen as a slap at the court for its finding the Legislature in contempt this year in a landmark school funding case.

No, Really, Pot Pie. This Ain’t Grandma’s Pot Pie

Cooking with cannabis is emerging as a legitimate and very lucrative culinary pursuit. In Washington, one of four states that allow recreational marijuana sales, a large cannabis bakery dedicated to affluent customers with good palates will soon open in Seattle.