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

Category: Local government
July 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM

ACLU lawyer Alison Holcomb considering a run against Kshama Sawant

Alison Holcomb, criminal justice director for the ACLU of Washington and prime mover behind our state’s legal weed law, said she is “considering very seriously” running for Seattle City Council against incumbent Kshama Sawant. Holcomb has flirted with the idea of working in City Hall before, talking last year about a possible run for mayor or…

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Comments | More in Marijuana, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alison Holcomb, I-502, kshama sawant

July 2, 2014 at 12:24 PM

No pay raise for City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not give City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco a pay raise, citing “judgment” issues, including a contract aimed partly at boosting Carrasco’s online image. Murray made the comments at a City Hall news conference Wednesday. The Seattle City Council had authorized a pay increase of up to $119,000 for…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

June 30, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Carrasco admits he sought raise, contrary to earlier statement

Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco did a round of media interviews last week in an apparent effort to repair public-relations damage from recent controversies — from a copper theft scam to hiring a consulting firm with public money to boost his online image. But it now looks like Carrasco’s media tour backfired, as…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Jorge Carrasco, Seattle City Light

June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted today not to consider a public campaign-financing bill for the November ballot. Seattle voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have levied a property tax to create a public financing system for city council elections last year. Councilmember Mike O’Brien sought to have a similar measure referred to his committee for consideration in time…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: mike o'Brien, seattle city council, Tim Burgess

June 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Huffington Post pulls blog item tied to City Light paid PR effort

Huffington Post has removed a blog post connected with a Seattle City Light image-buffing campaign, citing an undisclosed conflict of interest by the blogger. The move follows a Seattle Times report on Sunday that revealed City Light had hired Brand.com to suppress negative Google search results about the utility and CEO Jorge Carrasco. Under the…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Brand.com, Huffington Post, Jorge Carrasco

June 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ goes with the wrong Steinbrueck

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show very early this morning for a victory lap on Seattle’s historic $15 minimum wage, which he signed into law Tuesday. Murray also was asked by political journalist John Heilemann about Wednesday’s Seattle Times story on the $98,000 no-bid contract the mayor arranged…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Morning Joe, MSNBC, Peter Steinbrueck

May 29, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Business rep on Murray’s $15 minimum-wage panel blasts process as ‘charade’

A business owner who participated in Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s $15 minimum wage panel is now blasting the process as a “charade.” David Meinert, who owns several Seattle restaurants and bars, was a member of Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee. That panel of business and labor representatives met for months to try to craft a More

Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Dave Meinert, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

May 8, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Mayor Murray shuffles office with police-reform hires

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray filled out his administration today with two new hires — both aimed at the city’s efforts to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice settlement on police reforms. Lorena Gonzalez, an attorney with Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, was named counsel to the mayor. Gonzelez has a civil-rights background and serves on the…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Mayor Ed Murray, police reform, Tina Podlodowski

April 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Poll: Voters support taxes for roads, schools, parks

Washington state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support a variety of community services, including roads and public transportation, according to a public poll released Thursday. The Elway Poll reported that 74 percent of voters surveyed last week said they supported higher local taxes for roads and 60 percent said they supported higher taxes…

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Comments | More in Local government | Topics: Elway Poll, Metro, poll

March 19, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Medical examiner confirms Jim Compton died of heart attack

The King County medical examiner has confirmed former Seattle City Councilmember and TV journalist Jim Compton died of a heart attack. Compton, 72, was found in his car in North Seattle Tuesday morning. He’d been out for dinner with friends the night before and never arrived at home. His death was widely reported Tuesday as due to…

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Comments | More in homepage, Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: heart attack, Jim Compton

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