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

Category: Local government
December 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Seattle mayor to appear on Wednesday’s “CBS Evening News”

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is due to appear Wednesday on the national TV program “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley“ to discuss race relations in America. Pelley taped a segment Tuesday with Murray and the mayors of Miami-Dade, Fla., Gary, Ind. and East Orange, N.J., says Jason Kelly, Murray’s press secretary. The segment will air Wednesday at 6:30…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, race relations, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

December 9, 2014 at 7:00 AM

King and Pierce County councils squabble over legislative vacancy

A squabble with possible partisan overtones has erupted between the King and Pierce County councils over the process to fill a vacant legislative seat. Rebuffing a request for a joint meeting with its Republican-controlled Pierce County counterpart, the King County Council voted unanimously Monday to back Federal Way School Board President Carol Gregory for the 30th…

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Comments | More in Metropolitan King County Council, State government | Topics: 30th Legislative District vacancy, Carol Gregory, state Legislature

December 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Former Seattle City Council aide weighing 4th District bid

He recently left his job as aide to Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess, his resume is packed with government work and he shares his views via a self-published Northeast Seattle newsletter called 4 to Explore. But Alex Pedersen hasn’t registered a campaign for Northeast Seattle’s new 4th District seat as the council moves to geographic…

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Comments | More in Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 4th Seattle City Council District, Michael Maddux

December 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Sons of former mayor, restaurant owner each launch Seattle City Council bids

Norm Rice was mayor of Seattle, officially. George Lagos was mayor of The Ave, unofficially. Now Rice, mayor from 1990 to 1998, and Lagos, who ran the beloved Continental Greek Restaurant on University Way with his wife from 1974 to 2013, each have a son running for Seattle City Council. Mian Rice has registered a…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, George Lagos, Licton Springs

November 29, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Ferguson protests, electric cars, big pensions: your political week in review

You’d think it would be a slow week for politics, and yet: 1. Seattle City Council OKs budget with added social-services spending, Socialist Kshama Sawant votes against it. 2. Gov. Inslee pushes incentives for electric cars. (Phuong Le/AP) 3. NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law. 4. Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new…

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Comments | More in Governor, Seattle City Council, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

November 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Viet Shelton will be Seattle mayor’s new communications director

Viet Shelton will be Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s new communications director, he says. Starting Feb. 2, the 33-year-old University of Washington graduate will replace Jeff Reading, who announced last week he would be resigning Dec. 12 to take a job in the private sector. Shelton has worked with Murray before and is currently a spokesman in Washington,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazell, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Sawant says she’s voting “no” on Seattle budget

There will be a rare “no” vote Monday when the Seattle City Council adopts the city’s new budget for 2015 and 2016. Despite getting her way with several amendments earlier this month, Councilmember Kshama Sawant will dissent, she says. Because of the amendments, the council’s budget will include money to investigate a “millionaires tax,” fast track city…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: budget, seattle city council, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

November 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Seattle mayor losing his communications director

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is losing his communications director, Jeff Reading, after less than a year in office. Reading, resigning effective Dec. 12, has been an important aide for the new mayor, accompanying Murray in public and mediating between his boss, who has a reputation for losing his cool, and the press corps. “It’s the oldest cliché in politics,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jeff Reading, Rosalind Brazel, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: week in review

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