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Category: Basketball arena
June 4, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Elway poll: Most don’t care that Kings deal failed

There was a lot of passion around Chris Hansen’s failed attempt to bring the Sacramento Kings to Seattle, but King County residents apparently have gotten over it. A new Elway Poll found that two thirds of those surveyed either didn’t care (51 percent), had no opinion (4 percent) or were glad (12 percent) that the Kings…

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September 12, 2012 at 6:10 AM

Wednesday briefing: arena winners, losers?; arena live chat at noon; AG debate

Good morning: If you like your politics hot and feisty, this is a big week for that sort of thing in Seattle and Washington state. First, we have a basketball arena deal, which certainly will be a big topic in the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race. And why wait? Let the post-agreement analysis begin. Who is/are…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Basketball arena, homepage, Live chats, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: basketball arena, Bob Ferguson, councilmember tim burgess

September 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM

For arena supporters, conflict over Port CEO’s board position is nothing but net

Updated with a comment from Heather Weiner. A letter last week from 13 state Legislators questioning Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani’s new board position at Expeditors International was drafted by Heather Weiner, the state political director for the Teamsters. A forwarded e-mail to a state legislator shows the Teamsters were shopping around a draft…

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Comments | More in Basketball arena, homepage | Topics: arena, Gael Tarleton, Tay Yoshitani

August 31, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Friday briefing: Romney-meter, how did he do? legislators like arena; gov debate about debates

Good Morning.   For political aficionados, there is only one line of questioning today: How did the Republicans do this week? Did Mitt Romney make his case? Did he connect, especially with independent or undecided voters? Tell us what you think at the bottom of this post. Don’t be shy.   Three Seattle legislators have announced support for…

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Comments | More in Basketball arena, Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jay Inslee, mike baumgartner, Mitt Romney

August 15, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: gov and AG race; Paul Ryan; pot talk

Good Morning. Admittedly late to the primary election analysis party,  I noticed an interesting, albeit predictable, pattern in primary election  voting.  Years ago, political consultant Bob Gogerty described the counties wrapping around Puget Sound as a J-shaped Pugetopolis that often share political viewpoints.  Voters in these counties frequently vote for or against the same candidates…

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Comments | More in Basketball arena, Governor, homepage, Live chats, Politics Northwest | Topics: 36th district legislative race, attorney general's race, Bob Ferguson

July 27, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Planning Commission urges caution on arena deal

The Seattle Planning Commission warned city officials Friday that a new sports arena in Sodo could threaten port operations and industries that are vital to the economy and merit protection. A new arena “holds a strong likelihood of displacing living wage jobs and nearby businesses and disrupting container port operations and freight mobility,” says a…

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Comments | More in Basketball arena, homepage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: basektball arena, Chris Hansen, keyarena

July 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

County Council could vote Monday on Sodo arena

The Metropolitan King County Council could vote as early as next week on a proposal to invest up to $80 million to build a sports arena in Seattle. In a move that surprised some council members, Budget Chair Joe McDermott pushed Monday for the proposal to move from his oversight committee to the full council for…

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July 19, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Consultants team up for and against arena

People on both sides of a debate over a  new basketball and hockey arena in Sodo are building teams of their own. That would be teams of consultants, and they have hired more than a few to handle the political and communications hurdles they anticipate. We’ve covered former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck’s $40,000 contract with the…

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July 18, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Wednesday briefing: singing presidential ads; ballots out; big bucks in the 6th District

Good Morning. Something  funny, as in, odd, is happening with presidential campaign ads that feature the candidates breaking into song.  Earlier this week, Team Obama released a powerful ad against Republican Mitt Romney that takes Romney’s singing of “America the Beautiful” and overlays it with mentions of his activities overseas that have not benefited working Americans. Take…

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Comments | More in Basketball arena, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: "let's stay together", america the beautiful, arena live chat

July 17, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Rewind: Live chat on proposed arena with Chris Hansen and Dave Gering

The man behind the proposal for a Sodo arena and an opponent to the proposal took comments from readers in a live chat on Thursday. Participating in the chat were: • Chris Hansen, the San Francisco-based managing partner of Valiant Capital. Hansen grew up in Seattle and graduated from Roosevelt High School. He wants to build…

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