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October 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Democratic activist who pushed for Seattle Park District will run for City Council

Michael Maddux spent the better part of a year mulling whether to pursue a seat on Seattle’s City Council. The agonizing started last November, when voters approved a ballot measure moving the council to representation based on geographic districts for its 2015 election, says Maddux, who made up his mind this week. He’ll give it a shot. “There was a lot of hemming…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 43rd District Democrats, Eastlake

October 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Sawant blasts Seattle City Council spending on business conference

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says the city shouldn’t be spending thousands of dollars in public funds for several councilmembers to attend a business conference at a mountain resort this week. The practice smacks of “corporate favoritism” because the annual conference includes speeches by business executives and schmoozing with lobbyists, Sawant says. Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Nick Licata, Sally Clark, Sally Bagshaw,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Cle Elum

October 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Preschool levy campaign rips competing ballot measure with new ads, Norm Rice

The political campaign supporting a proposed property tax levy to subsidize preschool in Seattle is taking aim at a rival ballot measure with two new television advertisements airing Tuesday, including one featuring former Mayor Norm Rice. Quality Pre-K for Our Kids, the campaign behind Seattle Proposition No. 1B, has shelled out more than $100,000 for the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: AFT-Washington, Boys and Girls Clubs, El Centra De La Raza

October 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Union-backed preschool push to air first TV ad during Hawks game

The Seattle political campaign pushing a preschool ballot measure bankrolled by two labor unions will air its first television advertisement during Monday night’s Seahawks football game. Yes For Early Success has paid $25,000 for the ad to run for a week on local cable and digital TV, says Heather Weiner, spokeswoman for the campaign. SEIU Local 925…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: AFT-Washington, prekindergarten, preschool

September 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Mayor Ed Murray visits Ireland to drum up business for Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with Ireland’s prime minister for at least a half-hour in Dublin on Monday, he said in a phone interview. He and Prime Minister Enda Kenny discussed “American businesses in Ireland, Irish businesses in Seattle” and Kenny’s visit to Seattle last year to highlight a purchase of Boeing jets by Ryanair, the Irish airline, the mayor…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, State government | Topics: business, China, Ireland

September 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Former pastor will compete for City Council seat in North Seattle

Sanford “Sandy” Brown needs a new pair of hiking boots. The former Methodist pastor, who announced his candidacy Thursday for the Seattle City Council, has walked more than 2,200 miles in Europe since 2008, and he now says he’s going to walk every street in the newly drawn 5th District. Brown, 56, trekked across Italy and Spain…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 5th district, Halei Watkins

September 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Ireland is destination for Seattle mayor’s first official overseas trip

Seattle’s Ed Murray is ditching the Emerald City for the Emerald Isle on his first overseas trip as mayor. Murray, whose grandparents emigrated from Ireland in the early 20th century and who lived in Belfast himself in 1974, jetted off Wednesday. He’s spending $2,020.84 in city funds on travel, with his Irish hosts footing the rest of the bill,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage, Seattle City Council | Topics: Amazon, Boeing, Galway

September 24, 2014 at 3:13 PM

It’s lights out for Sawant’s plan to change City Light rates

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s proposal to consider radically changing how City Light charges for electricity went dark Wednesday due to a lack of support from her colleagues. Sawant, who chairs the council’s energy committee, asked the committee to vote on her resolution, which said the council would review City Light’s rate structure next year with…

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Comments | More in Local government, Metropolitan King County Council, Politics Northwest | Topics: City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, City Councilmember Mike O'Brien, City Councilmember Sally Clark

September 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

City Council member asks feds to block Seattle Housing Authority rent change

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata is asking the feds to stop the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) from immediately implementing a new policy that would raise rents for thousands of poor households across the city. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development should issue new emergency rules for public housing authorities, like SHA, that want to set rents…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

September 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Food policy consultant launches Seattle City Council bid

Politics are heating up in South Seattle, where a new City Council candidate is calling her neck of the woods “neglected” in terms of public safety and economic development. Tammy Morales, 45, who runs a food policy consulting business and who lives in Seward Park with her husband and children, announced Wednesday she will run for the…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Bruce Harrell, education

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