Follow us:

Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

Author archives

You are currently viewing all posts written by Matt Kreamer.

August 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

Seattle Park District continues trend toward victory

A proposal to create a Seattle Park District to fund city parks and community centers continued to widen its lead in Thursday’s vote count. The measure was leading 53 percent to 47 percent Thursday, with about 132,000 ballots counted. Opponents would need about 70 percent of the remaining votes to defeat the measure. “I want to thank Seattle voters…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Local government | Topics: Seattle Park District

August 6, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Seattle Park District widens lead in Wednesday vote count

A proposal to create a Seattle Park District to fund city parks and community centers widened its lead in Wednesday’s vote count. The measure was leading 53 percent to 47 percent Wednesday, with nearly 114,000 ballots counted. About 52 percent of voters supported the proposal in Tuesday’s count of the first 100,000 ballots. Opponents would need…


Comments | More in homepage, Seattle City Council | Topics: Proposition 1, Seattle Park District

April 4, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Lands Commissioner Goldmark refuses to talk about logging above Oso slope

By Seattle Times staff reporter Mike Baker Washington state Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark refused to answer questions today about how his agency managed logging near a slope that collapsed near Oso in Snohomish County. Reached on his cell phone about 5:40 p.m., Goldmark also declined to answer questions about what the agency was doing to review…


Comments | More in State government | Topics: Oso mudslide, Peter Goldmark

November 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Election live-chat from The Seattle Times

Seattle Times reporters for months have analyzed the SeaTac minimum wage initiative, fact-checked campaigns in the race for Seattle mayor, and broken down the science behind genetically engineered food for state Initiative 522. And that’s just the beginning. In this post, you can relive our live Election Day coverage as we broke the news and discussed the…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Live chats, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2013 Seattle mayoral race

November 5, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Constantine keeps King County executive job

Alan Lobdell Dow Constantine UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: King County Executive Dow Constantine was elected to a second term tonight, leading Alan Lobdell 78 percent to 22 percent in tonight’s initial returns. ORIGINAL POST: King County voters today will decide whether to re-elect County Executive Dow Constantine or replace him with tea party candidate Alan Lobdell. Constantine’s first four…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Alan Lobdell, dow constantine

August 15, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Councilmembers urge McGinn to be tougher on downtown crime

Mayor Mike McGinn has scheduled an afternoon news conference to announce additional resources for public safety, but three Seattle City Council members aren’t waiting to see what the mayor has in mind, offering instead their own suggestions this morning about how to reduce violent crime and street disorder. “Contrary to what the mayor and police commanders…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Center City Initiative, crime, mike mcginn

July 15, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Race for the mayor’s office: The Seattle Times interactive guide

Need some help sorting through the nine candidates for mayor? Our Seattle Times mayoral guide is here, giving you everything you need to make your choice. Get to know the contenders — their neighborhoods, families and management experience — then get an idea of where they align on the issues facing the city, like…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: seattle mayor's race

May 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Tim Burgess quits Seattle mayor’s race

Seattle City CouncilmemberTim Burgess Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess has dropped out of the Seattle mayor’s race. In a statement released this afternoon — hours before the filing deadline — Burgess said the city needs new and visionary leadership, and expressed concern that having too many candidates in the race might hinder that goal. “Instead, I…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: seattle mayor's race, Tim Burgess