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

Category: Local government
September 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

City Council member asks feds to block Seattle Housing Authority rent change

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata is asking the feds to stop the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) from immediately implementing a new policy that would raise rents for thousands of poor households across the city. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development should issue new emergency rules for public housing authorities, like SHA, that want to set rents…

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Comments | More in Federal government, Local government, Seattle City Council | Topics: Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, Seattle Housing Authority, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

September 17, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Food policy consultant launches Seattle City Council bid

Politics are heating up in South Seattle, where a new City Council candidate is calling her neck of the woods “neglected” in terms of public safety and economic development. Tammy Morales, 45, who runs a food policy consulting business and who lives in Seward Park with her husband and children, announced Wednesday she will run for the…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Bruce Harrell, education

September 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Planned Parenthood organizer declares Seattle City Council candidacy

Warning that Seattle’s story is becoming an unequal “tale of two cities,” Planned Parenthood’s lead political organizer in the city declared her intention Wednesday to run for the City Council’s newly-drawn 5th District seat. Halei Watkins, 26, is the first candidate to announce a campaign in the 5th District as the council moves to representation based on geographic districts…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Halei Watkins, Northgate, seattle city council

August 20, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Franchise group blasts Seattle minimum-wage law in radio ad

The International Franchise Association, which represents franchise owners like those who own most McDonald’s restaurants, is taking to the airwaves to criticize an aspect of Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law and unions that backed the measure. But proponents of the law say the gambit won’t sway public opinion. The IFA has already sued the city in federal court, arguing…

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Comments | More in Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Dave Meinert, David Rolf, International Franchise Association

August 11, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Emails: Mayor’s office angered by Seattle City Light’s Carrasco ‘throwing garbage’

Top aides to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray were incredulous and angry at Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco’s bungled effort to respond to negative news stories this summer, newly released emails show. First, a little background. Carrasco had attempted an image-repair media tour in June after The Seattle Times published critical stories on him being duped…

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

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…

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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…

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

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

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