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July 2, 2013 at 7:18 AM
State Sen. Ed Murray, getting a rating of “outstanding,” topped the nine-candidate field in the Seattle mayor’s race in ratings released today by the Municipal League.
Mayor Mike McGinn and former City Councilmemeber Peter Steinbrueck were rated “very good;” City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and real-estate broker Charles Staadecker were rated “good.”
The Municipal League characterizes its ratings as nonpartisan assessments of candidates’ involvement, character, effectiveness and knowledge. Sixty volunteers spent a combined 2,000 hours evaluating 80 candidates for city, county, port and school-board positions.
For a complete list of the ratings, see www.munileagueratings.org.
June 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM
A new Elway Poll, taken after the Skagit River Interstate 5 bridge collapse, shows raising taxes to make transportation improvements remains unpopular with a majority of Washington voters.
But pollster Stuart Elway said the objection to certain taxes to pay for transportation was not as great as in a similar poll in March.
A gasoline tax remains particularly objectionable, opposed by 63 percent of those in the new survey — down from 72 percent in March.
In the new survey, 53 percent opposed a license-tab tax increase, down from 62 percent in March.
And 52 percent opposed tolling major roadways, down from 61 percent in March.
Overall, 54 percent of those in the new survey agreed with the statement that we cannot afford to raise taxes to pay for transportation improvements at this time. Forty percent said we can’t afford not to improve our transportation system, so taxes will have to be raised.
The survey, with a plus-or-minus 5 percent margin of error, is based on telephone interviews with 402 state voters last week.
December 4, 2012 at 7:43 AM
Robert Mak, whose half-hour Sunday political show on KING-TV was canceled after 11 years, confirmed Tuesday he opted to leave the station rather than accept its offer to stay on as chief political reporter.
“I appreciate the offer to stay, and after considering it seriously I simply decided it was time to start something new,” Mak said.
Mak said he hopes to stay in Seattle and in journalism. “I have a lot of ideas and interests that I would like to pursue, but I’m keeping an open mind,” he said.
The final “Up Front with Robert Mak” aired Sunday
When KING last month announced the cancellation of the Emmy-winning show, Executive News Director Mark Ginther attributed it to an advertising slowdown that forced cuts throughout the station.
Ginther said the news staff was being cut by seven positions, through a combination of layoffs and not filling vacant jobs.
Mak had been with KING since 1992 except for a two-year hiatus working for former Mayor Greg Nickels
On his weekly show, Mak regularly interviewed top elected leaders and other newsmakers, moderated candidate debates and dealt with some of the region’s thorniest political and social issues.
Mak said he’s thankful for the chance to work with “talented and wonderful people” at KING. “And I’m forever thankful to the viewers who shared a half-hour of their valuable time with us every Sunday.”
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