Viet Shelton will be Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s new communications director, he says. Starting Feb. 2, the 33-year-old University of Washington graduate will replace Jeff Reading, who announced last week he would be resigning Dec. 12 to take a job in the private sector. Shelton has worked with Murray before and is currently a spokesman in Washington,…More
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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…More
Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to draw a big crowd to the University Book Store next Wednesday, when she swings through Seattle to sign copies of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” Later that night, an exclusive local group will get to see the former Secretary of State and possible Democratic presidential contender in a…More
Two years ago, the state Democratic Party was shamed into giving up $70,000 in donations from JZ Knight after videos surfaced of the Yelm mystic — who claims to channel the 35,000-year-old warrior “Ramtha” — making offensive comments about Mexicans, Catholics and other groups. But Knight’s money is OK by the Thurston County…More
The Democratic National Committee recently invited Seattle and dozens of other cities to bid on hosting the 2016 Democratic National Convention. But Seattle has taken a pass. “Short of their changing their requirements I don’t see that we would even qualify,” said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. He confirmed the city decided…More
Joan McBride, the former mayor of Kirkland, will run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom as a Democrat in this year’s top-two primary election. Democrats have said they plan to target Tom, D-Medina, because he crossed party lines last year to help give Republicans control of the state Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on…More
Gov. Jay Inslee has weighed in on the race for state Democratic Party chair, endorsing former Planned Parenthood political director Dana Laurent. In a letter to Democratic party activists, Inslee and his wife, Trudi, called Laurent “an authentic grassroots leader” with “a proven track record both a Democratic volunteer and as a successful political strategist.” The endorsement…More
Setting up what could prove a key battle for control of the state Legislature, Democrats have found a challenger for state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. Matt Isenhower, a Navy veteran and senior product manager at Amazon, announced Wednesday he’s running against Hill in the 45th Legislative District. Isenhower, 33, said Hill has not lived up…More
A new poll by Stuart Elway found that voter concern about the state budget and spending has dropped to its lowest level since the Great Recession hit. As it has since 2009, the economy remained the top priority for voters. The survey of 408 registered voters last week found that only 17 percent cited the state…More
When longtime political operative Nancy Biery dropped out of the race for state Democratic Party chair last week, she issued a terse statement blaming unnamed “status quo” forces inside the party.
In an interview this week, Biery elaborated, blasting supporters of rival Dana Laurent, the former political director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest, who has amassed the support of a small army of influential Democratic donors and political consultants.
Biery claims she was elbowed out of the race. A former chair of the Jefferson County Democrats who worked as an aide to Gov. Gary Locke and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Biery argued she was the most qualified.
But political consultants and donors wanted “somebody they could control,” Biery said. “It became clear the powers that be did not want me to be party chair.”
The final straw seems to be when Joby Shimomura, chief of staff to Gov. Jay Inslee, threw her name behind Laurent — a move Biery and others viewed as signaling the governor’s own preference.
While not naming names, Biery said she got the message from the Seattle-centric Democratic consultant “machine” that “I was not wanted and my life would be rather miserable if I won and tried to do the job.”
Current state Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz dismissed Biery’s conspiracy talk as “sour grapes.” While he’s not endorsing a successor, Pelz predicted the front-runners will be Laurent and Jaxon Ravens, the state party’s current executive director.