Rich Smith, The Stranger

Rich Smith

The Stranger

Seattle, WA, United States

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Recent articles by Rich:

Six Takeaways from the 2022 Midterm Elections

Fearmongering failed. → Read More

The Stranger's Shopping List for the 2022 Short Run Comix and Arts Festival

Don't miss these tables at the festival! → Read More

Fire Damage Shutters Glo's Indefinitely

The fire comes as the restaurant continues its attempts to raise money to finance higher-than-expected moving costs. → Read More

This New Website Rules!

Take the tour! → Read More

Seattle Public Schools Bus Drama Explodes Again

The school board is set to make a decision on whether to approve the contract on May 18. It'll be a tough one. → Read More

Afterwords at The 5th Ave Theatre: A Great Set and Two Good Songs

I need pure camp or over-the-top earnestness. Afterwords lands somewhere in-between. → Read More

Washington State Democrats' Calls to Codify Roe Ring Hollow

Realistically, Washington's congressional Democrats can't do anything about the forthcoming decision on Roe except ask for more money. → Read More

Sen. Patty Murray Sees a Path to Finally Letting Pot Shops Use Banks

She's one of 13 lawmakers in DC who could make this happen in relatively short order. → Read More

City Attorney's Office Will Decline to Prosecute Nearly 2,000 Cases to Help Clear Pandemic-Related Backlog

Ann Davison, abolitionist. → Read More

KOMO Journalist Blasts Out Proud Boys Propaganda — UPDATE: He's Out

A KOMO employee says the outlet's photographers don't want to work with this guy anymore. → Read More

Washington State Drops Major Coin on Affordable Housing

People are calling these investments "historic" and "unprecedented." → Read More

Only One Member of Congress from Washington Wants to Fix the Supreme Court

The Court is broken. Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal is the only Democrat in Washington who supports a bill to fix it. → Read More

Inslee Moves Up Date to Lift Indoor Mask Mandate to March 12, Joining Other West Coast States

[Eds note: This post was originally published at 11 am today. I'm re-upping it following the governor's 1 pm press conference, which added a little more context to this decision.] The governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced a plan to lift indoor mask mandates on March 12, which is a little more than a week earlier than WA had originally planned. (California still plans to lift… → Read More

Washington Is Leaving Its Large Arts Institutions on the Hook for Eye-Popping COVID Mitigation Costs

The Omicron outbreak stuck Washington's premier art houses with massive COVID mitigation bills, and the state isn't exactly rushing in to help. → Read More

A Big List of Bills That Are Dying, Dead, Alive, or Hacked to Bits

A pulse-check on Washington's 2022 Legislative Session. → Read More

Boy I Sure Hope Lawmakers Don't Weaken Another Bill to Protect Renters

If they're not even going to *consider* rent stabilization bills, the least they could do is give renters a heads up before an economic eviction. → Read More

Bill to Regulate Psilocybin Mushrooms in Washington Won't Pass

Lawmakers said they decided to slow down the process given COVID strain at the Department of Health, which would be tasked to create new rules regulating the medicine. → Read More

The 5th Returns from Its COVID Hiatus with a Stellar Beauty and the Beast

Also, there are new seats in the theater! They're firm and supportive! → Read More

Washington Lawmakers Throw a Bunch of Data Privacy Bills at the Wall to See What Sticks

All but one features loopholes the size of hula-hoops. → Read More

Slog PM: The Cops Just Made Shit Up During CHOP

Let's round up the afternoon, starting with... This is so fucked up: According to a Seattle Times review of a new report from the Office of Police Accountability, after the cops decided to abandon the East Precinct and remove the barricades around 11th and Pine in June of 2020, Seattle Police Department officers took to the scanner and deliberately lied about Proud Boys running around downtown,… → Read More