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November 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

New gigs, lobbyists, immigration, anarchists: your political week in review

The elections are over, Thanksgiving looms, and politics persist. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Local Congress members praise, blast Obama’s immigration move to protect millions of the undocumented from deportation. 2. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn gets new gig, says he has no plans to seek return to elected office. 3. As Didier finally concedes, Republican…

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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 7, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Mike McGinn concedes mayor’s race

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves the podium after conceding the mayor's race Thursday to State Sen. Ed Murray.  McGinn said he had called Murray to congratulate him and offer any assistance needed in the transition. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn leaves the podium after conceding the mayor’s race Thursday to State Sen. Ed Murray. McGinn said he had called Murray to congratulate him and offer any assistance needed in the transition.
(Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has conceded the mayor’s race, saying he called state Sen. Ed Murray this morning to congratulate him on his victory and offer support in his transition.

“I let him know he was going to be in for an extraordinary four years,” McGinn said at a morning news conference.

After more ballots were counted Wednesday, Murray was leading by 13,211 votes, with 55 percent support, compared with 44 percent for McGinn.

In a speech at his Chinatown International District campaign headquarters, McGinn acknowledged that he might have rubbed some people the wrong way, but said “I hope people know I was always trying to do the right thing.”

McGinn did not close the door to future political runs, saying he would find a way to be involved in public service once his single mayoral term ends in December.

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November 6, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Murray keeps big lead as more votes tallied for Seattle mayor

More vote totals released by King County Elections this afternoon confirmed challenger Ed Murray’s easy win over Mayor Mike McGinn in the Seattle mayoral race. With more than 108,000 ballots counted, Murray led by nearly 13,000 votes with 55.6 percent support, compared with 43.7 percent for McGinn. Murray already was meeting with advisers and beginning to…

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November 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Murray: ‘We’re here tonight to declare victory’ in mayor’s race

State Sen. Ed Murray’s promise of a more collaborative leadership style carried him to victory Tuesday night, as voters signaled they were fed up with four years of Mayor Mike McGinn’s political brawls. Murray grabbed a commanding 56 percent of the votes counted on election night, compared with 43 percent for McGinn. At a…

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November 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Sawant’s ambush attempt fails when Seattle City Council members use second door

Take it from someone whose job includes ambushing politicians with uncomfortable questions: you must always watch for the second door.

Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant failed to do that this afternoon, dooming her plan to ask current council members entering their regularly scheduled meeting to sign a pledge to  increase the minimum wage.

Sawant and several supporters were waiting, oversized pledge in hand, outside council chambers as the 2 p.m. meeting start time approached, arrived and ticked past.

“Somehow they found another way to go inside,” campaign director Philip Locker breathlessly announced two minutes after 2, adding, “they have a secret door!”

The group then hurried inside to speak during public testimony.

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November 2, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Murray accuses McGinn campaign of cyberbullying and harassment

We must be in the final days of Seattle’s mayoral race. State Sen. Ed Murray held his second news conference in 24 hours Saturday morning, responding to last-minute campaign maneuvering by Mayor Mike McGinn and his supporters. They caused a stir online this week, reacting to a Washington Post story about Murray’s campaign contributions from Comcast and…

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November 1, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Murray says he agrees with McGinn on broadband, regardless of Comcast money

Correction: An earlier version of this blog post incorrectly said Comcast has a monopoly on local Internet service. Other companies also offer the service. Mayoral candidate Ed Murray responded today to a Washington Post story yesterday that said Comcast was giving big money to his campaign because he might stop a public-private broadband network being pushed…

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October 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM

McGinn calls on Murray to take down “deceptive” domestic-violence ad

Mayor Mike McGinn and some advocates for women today called on Sen. Ed Murray to stop airing an ad that questions McGinn’s decision to eliminate the city’s Division of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention in 2011 and its director, Terri Kimball. McGinn called the ad “highly misleading and deceptive” and said he protected funding…

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