A Fairer Election System in Alaska Helped More Independents Win OfficeOpen primaries and ranked choice voting likely led to greater political diversity in the Alaska legislature, while their effect on age, gender, and race was less apparent.
The Northwest Needs More Midsize SolarWhile distributed solar can’t solve the region’s transmission woes alone, Idaho and Washington would be smart to follow Oregon’s lead in boosting it for a cleaner future.
Montana’s Big Bipartisan Housing DealAmid the US’s second-worst price spikes and shortage of homes, a broad coalition unified to find solutions.
Parking Reform Legalized Most of the New Homes in Buffalo and SeattleStudies from two very different cities showed the same result.
Anchorage Adopts Model ADU ReformsAlaska’s largest city just deregulated bonus homes in a big way, a step to right-sizing its housing options to locals’ changing needs.
Ranked Choice Voting Would Help Oregonians Vote for their True FavoriteHB 2004 in Oregon’s House of Representatives could bring voters more voice and more choice.
What Washington, DC, Can Learn from the Other Washington about Climate PolicySix lessons from the Evergreen State for America's national leaders.
Habitat for Humanity Goes All In for Multifamily HousingBut it needs relaxed parking mandates, widescale zoning reform, and public funding to make the most of the opportunity.
Poll: Washington Voters Out Ahead Of Local Leaders On Zoning ReformsStatewide survey shows broad voter receptivity—across partisan, demographic, and geographic lines—to zoning changes to allow more homes like duplexes and small apartment buildings.
UPDATED: 50 Housing Bills and How They Fared in OlympiaWashington state leaders considered dozens of bills across the critical policy pillars of supply, stability, and subsidy.
Hey, Olympia! If You Let Them, Cities Could Double Turnout in Local ElectionsThe case for freeing Washington cities to run elections on Election Day.
Yes, Oregon, There Is a Way to Build Enough HomesThe state has done it before—with more apartments and even a smaller construction workforce.
With Flexibility Over Parking, Oregon Homebuilders Get to WorkTens of thousands of homes are now more buildable, including several projects now resurrected that local parking mandates had previously killed.
Voters Want Fewer Elections: Here’s How to Do ThatCalifornia, Arizona, and Nevada have shifted to even-year elections, boosting turnout and saving money—with lessons for other states.
Washington Lot Split Bills Would Create Starter Homes, Support Community StabilityHB 1245 and SB 5364 advance affordability, financial security, wealth-building, and other benefits for Washingtonians in all kinds of communities.
Washington Bill Would Boost In-law Apartments Throughout the StateEvidence is more conclusive than ever that the reforms proposed in HB 1337 are effective.
Today’s top sustainability headlines for the Pacific Northwest, curated by Sightline Institute.
AK is getting into the carbon market
Ranked-choice voting may head to Oregonians for election
Is NW WA prepared for a train disaster?
Dam removal provides new start on Yakima’s Naches River
Views: Collaboration with Indigenous communities is critical for climate resilience
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