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November 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office

Information in this article has been corrected. Mike McGinn lives just inside the border of the Seattle City Council’s 6th District. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that he lived in the 5th District. Nearly a year after leaving City Hall, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has settled on a next act. And it’s not in…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: mike mcginn

November 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Seattle mayor losing his communications director

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is losing his communications director, Jeff Reading, after less than a year in office. Reading, resigning effective Dec. 12, has been an important aide for the new mayor, accompanying Murray in public and mediating between his boss, who has a reputation for losing his cool, and the press corps. “It’s the oldest cliché in politics,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Seattle City Council campaign round-up: Who’s running and who isn’t?

West Seattle (1st District) The race for West Seattle’s Seattle City Council seat is becoming more congested than the West Seattle Bridge during rush hour. Including George Capestany, a business consultant (and goat owner) who announced a bid Tuesday, there are now five people seeking the 1st District position as seven of the council’s nine seats move to geographic representation for the 2015 election. West Seattle…

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Comments | More in Local government, Marijuana, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, State government | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Alison Holcomb, George Capestany

November 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Seattle city employees may be put on $15-an-hour fast track

Months after passing a historic minimum-wage law, the Seattle City Council is  again considering action on the issue. It may add nearly $2 million to Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget to boost the pay of all city employees to at least $15 an hour immediately, rather than on the same timeline as private-sector workers. Councilmember Kshama…

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Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: $15 an hour minimum wage, minimum wage, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

October 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Seattle mayor, councilmembers receive favorable ratings in new poll

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is the city’s most popular elected official by a wide margin and two liberal members of the City Council aren’t doing too shabby either, according to a memo based on a new poll. When asked about the mayor, 70 percent of respondents said they had a favorable impression of Murray, who…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, EMC Research, seattle city council

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

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