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November 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office

Information in this article has been corrected. Mike McGinn lives just inside the border of the Seattle City Council’s 6th District. A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that he lived in the 5th District. Nearly a year after leaving City Hall, former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has settled on a next act. And it’s not in…


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November 19, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Didier concedes to Newhouse in 4th District Congressional race

Yakima Herald-Republic Republican Clint Didier has formally conceded the race to Dan Newhouse for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. Newhouse, also a Republican, was projected to win the race since Nov. 7, but Didier, a tea party ally, said early last week the campaign was still counting ballots and hoping for a recount. Since then, Newhouse has…


Comments | More in Congressional races, Politics Northwest, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: 4th District, Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse

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,…


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

November 12, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Seattle City Council campaign round-up: Who’s running and who isn’t?

West Seattle (1st District) The race for West Seattle’s Seattle City Council seat is becoming more congested than the West Seattle Bridge during rush hour. Including George Capestany, a business consultant (and goat owner) who announced a bid Tuesday, there are now five people seeking the 1st District position as seven of the council’s nine seats move to geographic representation for the 2015 election. West Seattle…


Comments | More in Local government, Marijuana, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, State government | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, Alison Holcomb, George Capestany

November 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I-594 opponents bringing their guns to Olympia rally next month

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course. Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where…


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November 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Those three toss-up House races? All are now out of recount range

Last week, we wrote about gains the GOP was making in statehouse races this election cycle. At the time, three state House races were so close that it looked like they’d go to recount. It doesn’t look that way anymore. In votes counted as of late Monday afternoon, all three races have moved out of the recount…


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November 10, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Washington midterm turnout lowest since disco era

Washington voter turnout in the midterms looks like it will set its lowest mark since the Bee Gees ruled the charts and Jimmy Carter sat in the White House. Despite our state’s easy-peasy vote-by-mail setup, just 53 percent of registered voters bothered, according to Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. That’s the latest…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2014 elections, turnout

November 5, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Seattle city employees may be put on $15-an-hour fast track

Months after passing a historic minimum-wage law, the Seattle City Council is  again considering action on the issue. It may add nearly $2 million to Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015 and 2016 budget to boost the pay of all city employees to at least $15 an hour immediately, rather than on the same timeline as private-sector workers. Councilmember Kshama…


Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: $15 an hour minimum wage, minimum wage, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant

November 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM

UPDATE: Class-size initiative back in lead after King County update

Update on Nov. 7 at 4:52 p.m.: I-1351 now leads by almost 9,000. So far, 1.75 million votes have been counted. Update at 4:25 p.m.: And just like that, King updates its count and I-1351 is back in the lead with almost 6,000 votes out of 1.7 million counted. Update at 3:57 p.m.: Initiative 1351 now trailing by a…


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November 4, 2014 at 10:20 PM

GOP holding onto control of state Senate

From staff reports Democrats’ hopes of retaking control of the state Senate appeared to be dashed as Tuesday’s vote count showed them trailing in several key races. Incumbent Republicans, aided by large donations from their party and by independent spending, appeared to be holding on to their seats, despite cash infusions in several Democratic races by California…


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