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

Category: Local government
January 21, 2015 at 5:26 PM

Bill would allow Seattle mayor to tap two school board members

A state lawmaker has proposed new legislation that would give the mayor of Seattle the power to appoint two members of the Seattle School Board. The bill will likely prove controversial. Under current law, the board has seven members, each elected to represent a different geographic region within Seattle. The legislation introduced Wednesday by state Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, would allow a school board…

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Comments | More in Local government, State government, State Legislature | Topics: education, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle School Board

January 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Nick Licata won’t seek Seattle City Council re-election in 2015

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, an ardent progressive who led the council’s ultra-liberal wing for many years, is bowing out. In office since 1998, Licata won’t seek re-election this year, he announced Wednesday at City Hall, saying he wants to continue to work against inequality not only in Seattle but in other cities. “I’ve been lucky to have…

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Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, mike o'Brien, Nick Licata

January 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Sawant gets second opponent in Seattle City Council race

Seattle’s socialist City Council member, Kshama Sawant, has picked up a second opponent in her 2015 campaign to represent the council’s super-liberal 3rd District. Morgan Beach, who works for the American Red Cross, volunteers with Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and serves on the Seattle Women’s Commission, said Sawant’s bark is more impressive than her bite. “She’s been…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Equal Rights Washington, Morgan Beach

January 6, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Burgess, Sawant get new Seattle City Council opponents

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess and Councilmember Kshama Sawant, both seeking reelection this year, are each beginning 2015 with new opponents: John Persak and Rod Hearne. Persak, a waterfront worker active in Local 19 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, announced his candidacy Tuesday for the same citywide seat that Burgess has registered to run for. The 44-year-old candidate serves…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Equal Rights Washington, ILWU Local 19

December 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Our top 10 most-read Politics NW posts of 2014

Before we look ahead to 2015, let’s look back at what piqued your interest in the last year. Here be the 10 most-read Politics NW posts of the last year: 10. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office 9. Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding 8….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council, State legislative races, State Supreme Court | Topics: 2014 elections, Barack Obama, Jay Inslee

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

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