The Seattle Times originated as the Seattle Press-Times, a four-page newspaper founded in 1891 with a daily circulation of 3,500..
The Times is one of the few remaining major city dailies in the United States independently operated and owned by a local family (the Blethens). The Seattle Times Company, while owning and operating the Times, also owns three other papers in Washington, as well as Blethen Maine Newspapers, which operate five newspapers based in Maine. The McClatchy Company owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle Times Company, formerly held by Knight Ridder.
In 2000, the paper endorsed Democrat Bill Bradley for U.S. President early in the primary process, but ultimately went with George W. Bush when Bradley failed to win his party's nomination. There is speculation that publisher Frank Blethen had overruled the editorial board due to his opposition to the estate tax.
In 2004, the paper endorsed John Kerry.
Editorial positions on Washington ballot measures
|Year||Type||Initiative Title||Description||Seattle Times editorial position||Pass or Fail|
|2007||CI||Measure No. 960||Requires two-thirds approval for tax increases||Approves||-|
|2007||CR||Referendum 67||Makes it illegal for insurers to deny some insurance coverage||Approves||-||-|
|2007||LR||Senate Joint Resolution 8206||Establishes a rainy day fund||-||-|
|2007||LR||Senate Joint Resolution 8212||Authorize state-operated inmate labor programs||-||-|
|2007||LR||House Joint Resolution 4204||Provides for approval of school excess property tax levies by majority vote.||-||-|
|2007||LR||House Joint Resolution 4215||Authorizes investment in higher education permanent funds||-||-|
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- Article on Wikipedia about the Seattle Times