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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

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

January 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Murray, Sawant sworn in before large crowd at City Hall

To cheers and sustained applause, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and other newly and reelected city officials were sworn into office today before a standing-room-only crowd at City Hall.

The usual formal ceremony in city council chambers was replaced with speeches that mixed calls for class struggle with pragmatic politics. Sawant got the biggest cheers from the audience that included supporters who waved signs supporting a $15 minimum wage. After taking the oath of office, administered by Nicole Grant, vice president of the Washington State Labor Council, both women turned to the hundreds of spectators packed into City Hall and raised their fists, a gesture that seemed to signal defiance from politics as usual and solidarity with working people.

Sawant also denounced the “glittering fortunes of the super wealthy” saying they came at the same time as the lives of working people and the unemployed “grow more difficult by the day.”

Murray, the city’s first openly gay mayor, also got sustained applause when he took the oath of office from former Governor and ambassador to China, Gary Locke, on a bible held by Murray’s husband, Michael Shiosaki.

In contrast to Sawant, Murray praised Seattle business for its innovation and creativity and suggested that the path to economic equality would need businesses support.

He also suggested that government could help improve people’s lives. He said he saw government as a place not for political posturing or ideology, but a place for pragmatism.

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Comments | More in Seattle City Council | Topics: ed murray, kshama sawant

December 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Mapping socialist Kshama Sawant’s City Council win

Seattle City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant piled up big vote advantages in several central city neighborhoods to seal her national-headline-making win over 16-year incumbent Richard Conlin. Sawant drew 60 percent or higher support from the Central District, Capitol Hill, the International District and Wallingford, according to an analysis of precinct vote returns by The Seattle…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: 2013 elections, kshama sawant, Richard Conlin

November 15, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Conlin concedes, saying ‘I am proud of what we have done together’

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin has conceded his seat to challenger Kshama Sawant. “It has been a privilege to be your representative and I am proud of what we have done together,” Conlin said this afternoon. Sawant increased her lead today over Conlin and is ahead by 1,640 votes in updated vote totals. She…

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November 14, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Sawant widens lead over Conlin in Seattle council race

Seattle City Council challenger Kshama Sawant increased her lead over four-term incumbent Richard Conlin in updated vote totals Thursday afternoon. Sawant led Conlin by 1,148 votes, up from 402 yesterday. The 41-year-old, who would be the first socialist on the nonpartisan council in recent memory, was at 50.2 percent compared to Conlin’s 49.5 percent. That puts…

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November 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Sawant maintains lead over Conlin in latest vote update

Kshama Sawant extended her narrow lead over Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin in updated vote totals released Wednesday afternoon. Sawant led Conlin by 402 votes — 83,095 to 82,693. That translates to a 49.99 percent to 49.75 percent lead. Sawant, who would be the first socialist on the nonpartisan council in recent history, first took a lead

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November 12, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Sawant pulls ahead of Conlin in Seattle council race

Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant pulled narrowly ahead of longtime Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin in updated vote totals released Tuesday afternoon. Sawant, the first socialist to make a general election for Seattle City Council in 22 years, led Conlin by 41 votes — 79,751 to 79,710 — in the latest update. That translates to a 49.91…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: king county elections, kshama sawant, Philip Locker

November 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Nervous? Conlin urges ballot check

Socialist Kshama Sawant’s momentum has all but scared the fleece off the trademark vest of Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin. With Conlin clinging to a steadily shrinking lead over Sawant, the four-term incumbent emailed supporters Saturday, telling them to “make sure every vote is counted.” The usually unflappable Conlin asked supporters to make sure their ballots had been…

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November 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Sawant could still beat Conlin in Seattle council race

Update | 9 p.m: Although many have written off Kshama Sawant’s chances of an upset win, a Seattle Times analysis shows it is still possible. Sawant, the first socialist to make it to a general election for the Seattle City Council in 22 years, now trails four-term incumbent Richard Conlin 51.53 to 48.26 percent. That translates…

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