Politics Section

Local educators honored by Legislature for leadership in civic education

Local educators honored by Legislature for leadership in civic education

Legislators honored a select group of educators from around the state this week as a part of Civic Education Day on Presidents Day, including two locals – Professor T. M. Sell, a political science and... [Read more]

Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Washington State Caucuses will be this Saturday, Feb. 20 & Saturday, Mar. 26

Presidential Caucuses for Washington State will be held this Saturday, Feb. 20 (for Republicans), and March 26 for Democrats. To vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary, you must be a registered voter in... [Read more]

PODCAST: Police seeking armed robbery suspect; boom truck goes boom…

PODCAST: Police seeking armed robbery suspect; boom truck goes boom…

Here’s episode #38 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

PODCAST: Obama cites Highline Public Schools; change in weather & more…

Here’s episode #37 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

Furloughs delayed by Des Moines City Council, but chickens are promoted

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was expected to discuss furloughing city staff this year to save nearly $286,000 and moved the issue to the Council meeting of Feb. 11, but the Council did hear... [Read more]

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

Massive demand for release of cities’ public records dropped by Tim Clemans

THEN: InsideYourGovernment.com promised “to make government transparent by default and to do as much good with that transparency as possible…” NOW: Not so much… by Jack Mayne The... [Read more]

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

Highline Schools praised as President announces Computer Science Initiative

The White House cited Highline Public Schools as a leader in computer science education, as President Obama announced in his weekly address a $4 billion plan to give all students across the country the... [Read more]

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

‘Landmark on the Sound’ sold for $14 million; city wants to retain its façade

by Jack Mayne The Des Moines City Council was told the Masonic ‘Landmark on the Sound’ has been sold for “in the area of $14 million” and the city will meet with representatives of the new owners... [Read more]

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

UPDATE: WSDOT inspects bridge; Des Moines Creek Trail remains closed

An overhanging strut on the left has moved. It should be flush like the one on the right, according to City of Des Moines staff. On Wednesday (Jan. 27), the Washington State Department of Transportation... [Read more]

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

Neighborhood meeting about Des Moines Marina Redevelopment is Wednesday

The Des Moines Marina Association, in conjunction with the Des Moines Yacht Club, will be holding a community and marina stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the yacht... [Read more]

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

Des Moines Council hears about 2,000 new jobs, tall trees & pot sales locations

by Jack Mayne For years, the financially struggling city of Des Moines has cut staff and scratched some plans, but the future will be brightening over the next couple of years, the Des Moines City Council... [Read more]

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

VIDEO PODCAST: Major drug bust disrupts quiet neighborhood & more…

Here’s episode #35 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

PODCAST: Fatal shooting victim identified; Jack Mayne Commentary…

Here’s episode #34 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

Des Moines City Council will explore additional retail marijuana store

by Jack Mayne Since the one retail pot store in Des Moines is “raking in the money,” a realtor came to the City Council to seek an additional opportunity for another store in the city limits... [Read more]

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

$4.7 million, re-built Redondo Boardwalk scheduled to open this Summer

Artist rendering of re-designed Redondo Boardwalk courtesy City of Des Moines. A public update meeting was held on Friday, Jan. 8 at the MaST Center, and City of Des Moines Transportation Engineer Andrew... [Read more]

Public Disclosure Commission rejects Wasson complaint over use of election funds

Public Disclosure Commission rejects Wasson complaint over use of election funds

by Jack Mayne The Washington Public Disclosure Commission rejected a complaint by Donald F. Wasson of Des Moines that the Highline Public School District violated state law when it sent out a brochure... [Read more]

Senator Keiser visits Pacific Middle School, discusses politics with students

Senator Keiser visits Pacific Middle School, discusses politics with students

Contributed by Abigail Gerken, Payton May, Taylor Nelson, Ashley Nyguen, & Polina Worthington Photos by Zoe Cressi and Billien Tesefay Last Wednesday (Jan. 6) 7th and 8th grade Pacific Middle... [Read more]

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

Highline College to host Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration Jan. 19-25

The public is invited to free events and workshops Jan. 19–26, 2016, as Highline College hosts its 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week celebration. United by the theme “Justice: Beyond a Dream,”... [Read more]