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October 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Seattle mayor, councilmembers receive favorable ratings in new poll

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is the city’s most popular elected official by a wide margin and two liberal members of the City Council aren’t doing too shabby either, according to a memo based on a new poll. When asked about the mayor, 70 percent of respondents said they had a favorable impression of Murray, who…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, EMC Research, seattle city council

October 21, 2014 at 8:30 AM

PAC backed by Slade Gorton attacks Clint Didier

Voters in Central Washington get to decide the state’s marquee congressional contest this fall: the battle between tea party candidate Clint Didier and his establishment GOP rival, Dan Newhouse. Now the Republican establishment is working to tilt the 4th Congressional District contest in Newhouse’s favor. A PAC backed by former Republican U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Clint Didier, Dan Newhouse, Fourth Congressional District race

October 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Fresh polls, election bits, Seattle rages: your week in review

If you missed the week, here’s what you missed: 1. Hanauer rages at County Executive Constantine over police militarization 2. Class-size initiative 1351 has hefty lead  3. Speaking of polls, this one says I-594 is still passing and I-591 still failing 4. Congressional candidates Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending  5. Seattle mayor’s ex-press secretary seeks…

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October 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Democratic activist who pushed for Seattle Park District will run for City Council

Michael Maddux spent the better part of a year mulling whether to pursue a seat on Seattle’s City Council. The agonizing started last November, when voters approved a ballot measure moving the council to representation based on geographic districts for its 2015 election, says Maddux, who made up his mind this week. He’ll give it a shot. “There was a lot of hemming…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council, Washington state Democratic Party | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, 43rd District Democrats, Eastlake

October 16, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Sawant blasts Seattle City Council spending on business conference

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says the city shouldn’t be spending thousands of dollars in public funds for several councilmembers to attend a business conference at a mountain resort this week. The practice smacks of “corporate favoritism” because the annual conference includes speeches by business executives and schmoozing with lobbyists, Sawant says. Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Nick Licata, Sally Clark, Sally Bagshaw,…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Cle Elum

October 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Celis and DelBene spar on Hobby Lobby, government spending

Democratic U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and her Republican challenger Pedro Celis returned to their former employer Wednesday for a televised debate at Microsoft’s Redmond campus. Both candidates for the 1st Congressional District seat are Microsoft alums – Celis a top database software engineer and DelBene a marketing vice president. While both largely stuck…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Politics Northwest | Topics: 1st Congressional District, Pedro Celis, Rep. Suzan DelBene

October 13, 2014 at 7:30 AM

Hanauer rages at Constantine over police militarization

In early August, Seattle venture capitalist and big-time Democratic political donor Nick Hanauer was driving near his home in Shoreline and came across a scary sight: SWAT officers with full body armor, military-style weapons and an armored vehicle surrounding a house.

Hanauer was angry at the display of force and texted King County Executive Dow Constantine to demand answers.

Over the next several days — as national controversy erupted over the militarized police response to protests in Ferguson, Mo. — Hanauer texted back and forth with Constantine, at one point threatening to politically shame King County Sheriff John Urquhart over the police-militarization issue.

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Sheriff John Urquhart, Nick Hanauer

October 7, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Memorial Wednesday for former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell

The life and legacy of former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell will be remembered Wednesday during a public memorial at Bell Harbor International Conference Center, 2211 Alaskan Way, Seattle. Schell, a longtime civic visionary who served a single term as mayor from 1998 to 2002, died July 27 at the age of 76. The memorial starts…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: memorial, Seattle Mayor Paul Schell

October 7, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Preschool levy campaign rips competing ballot measure with new ads, Norm Rice

The political campaign supporting a proposed property tax levy to subsidize preschool in Seattle is taking aim at a rival ballot measure with two new television advertisements airing Tuesday, including one featuring former Mayor Norm Rice. Quality Pre-K for Our Kids, the campaign behind Seattle Proposition No. 1B, has shelled out more than $100,000 for the…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: AFT-Washington, Boys and Girls Clubs, El Centra De La Raza

October 7, 2014 at 11:21 AM

VP Biden to visit Renton Technical College Thursday

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Seattle area on Thursday, visiting a community college and headlining a political fundraiser. Biden will speak at Renton Technical College Thursday morning to tout the Obama administration’s job-training efforts, according to the White House. The community college was one of 270 nationwide that received a slice of…

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