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November 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM

County Executive Dow Constantine marries in private ceremony

King County Executive Dow Constantine and his longtime partner Shirley Carlson got married Oct. 31 in a private ceremony. King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu presided in the county’s largest courtroom, just after dusk, the executive said. Constantine, who turns 52 tomorrow, met Carlson when they were University of Washington students and DJs on the University…

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November 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Mike McGinn concedes mayor’s race

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves the podium after conceding the mayor's race Thursday to State Sen. Ed Murray.  McGinn said he had called Murray to congratulate him and offer any assistance needed in the transition. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves the podium after conceding the mayor’s race Thursday to State Sen. Ed Murray. McGinn said he had called Murray to congratulate him and offer any assistance needed in the transition.
(Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has conceded the mayor’s race, saying he called state Sen. Ed Murray this morning to congratulate him on his victory and offer support in his transition.

“I let him know he was going to be in for an extraordinary four years,” McGinn said at a morning news conference.

After more ballots were counted Wednesday, Murray was leading by 13,211 votes, with 55 percent support, compared with 44 percent for McGinn.

In a speech at his Chinatown International District campaign headquarters, McGinn acknowledged that he might have rubbed some people the wrong way, but said “I hope people know I was always trying to do the right thing.”

McGinn did not close the door to future political runs, saying he would find a way to be involved in public service once his single mayoral term ends in December.

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: ed murray, mike mcginn, seattle mayor's race

November 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Murray accuses McGinn campaign of cyberbullying and harassment

We must be in the final days of Seattle’s mayoral race. State Sen. Ed Murray held his second news conference in 24 hours Saturday morning, responding to last-minute campaign maneuvering by Mayor Mike McGinn and his supporters. They caused a stir online this week, reacting to a Washington Post story about Murray’s campaign contributions from Comcast and…

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November 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Murray says he agrees with McGinn on broadband, regardless of Comcast money

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly said Comcast has a monopoly on local Internet service. Other companies also offer the service. Mayoral candidate Ed Murray responded today to a Washington Post story yesterday that said Comcast was giving big money to his campaign because he might stop a public-private broadband network being pushed…

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October 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

Port of Seattle stops welcome messages after complaint

The Port of Seattle says it will stop airing welcome messages at Sea-Tac Airport until after the November election following a complaint that they violate election laws. Passengers heading from the parking garage to the terminal hear one of Seattle’s Port commissioners welcoming them to the airport, with a few facts about job creation and the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Andrew Pilloud, Public Disclosure Commission, Sea-Tac airport

October 10, 2013 at 4:43 PM

In first TV debate, Seattle mayoral candidates tried to rewrite some history

We fact-checked the first televised mayoral debate Wednesday night on KING5, and posted what we found in this live-chat.  You can catch up here if you missed it. We found that Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray fudged a few facts. Murray tried to deflect the blame for an embezzlement scandal that happened while he was…

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October 9, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Fact-checking McGinn, Murray in the mayoral debate

Mayor McGinn and State Sen. Ed Murray participated in their first televised debate in the Seattle mayoral race. Reporters Emily Heffter, Lynn Thompson and Jim Brunner fact-checked the debate, took questions and added context throughout the event. If you want to re-watch the debate, check out the videos on King 5. Just for fun,…

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September 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Port commissioners: arena threatens jobs, gambles with city money

The Port of Seattle Commission sent a strongly worded letter to Seattle Mayor McGinn today, urging the city to start over on the review process for a proposed sports arena in Sodo.

The Port has opposed the arena from the start, saying it would tangle traffic near the city’s seaport, threatening its competitive position and crowding out maritime and industrial businesses that support middle-class jobs in Seattle. The commission’s letter today is a reaction to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed arena.

“Not only are arena proponents risking Sodo’s full-time, middle class jobs, they are also gambling with city finances,” the letter says.

The Port claims that the city should have analyzed alternative sites for an arena, even though a private investment team led by Chris Hansen is only interested in the Sodo site near Safeco Field. The letter also says the traffic analysis in the report “lacks all credibility.” The letter urges the city to start the process over.

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September 13, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Former city housing director heads to King County

King County has hired another well-regarded city of Seattle staffer. County Executive Dow Constantine announced today he hired Adrienne Quinn, former director of Seattle’s Office of Housing, to lead the county Department of Community and Human Services. Quinn replaces longtime director Jackie MacLean, who is stepping down at the end of the year. While Quinn was director…

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