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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

September 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Planned Parenthood organizer declares Seattle City Council candidacy

Warning that Seattle’s story is becoming an unequal “tale of two cities,” Planned Parenthood’s lead political organizer in the city declared her intention Wednesday to run for the City Council’s newly-drawn 5th District seat. Halei Watkins, 26, is the first candidate to announce a campaign in the 5th District as the council moves to representation based on geographic districts…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Halei Watkins, Northgate, seattle city council

August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association