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February 7, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Whales, personhood, vaccines: your political week in review

Busy week in the realm of politics, both in Olympia and elsewhere in the state. To recap: 1. Lawmakers heard bills that would: bring back psychiatric boarding, open the Woodland Park Zoo to public-records and open-meetings laws and ban whale captivity. 2. And abortion foes pushed parental notification and personhood bills. 3. Meanwhile, industrial hemp got state…


Comments | More in Marijuana, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Jay Inslee, mike o'Brien, Pam Roach

January 21, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Nick Licata won’t seek Seattle City Council re-election in 2015

Longtime Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, an ardent progressive who led the council’s ultra-liberal wing for many years, is bowing out. In office since 1998, Licata won’t seek re-election this year, he announced Wednesday at City Hall, saying he wants to continue to work against inequality not only in Seattle but in other cities. “I’ve been lucky to have…


Comments | More in Local government, Minimum wage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: 2015 Seattle City Council elections, mike o'Brien, Nick Licata

June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted today not to consider a public campaign-financing bill for the November ballot. Seattle voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have levied a property tax to create a public financing system for city council elections last year. Councilmember Mike O’Brien sought to have a similar measure referred to his committee for consideration in time…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: mike o'Brien, seattle city council, Tim Burgess

November 5, 2013 at 7:14 AM

Sawant to Conlin: ‘You can collect your paycheck for 2 years and then…Goodbye’

Update | 12:45 p.m., Nov. 6: Ksahama Sawant’s Twitter account has deleted the tweet referenced below, but you can view it through a screen shot. Click on the shot for a bigger image.     Update | 11:35 p.m. Albert Shen said he feels “great about the campaign” despite finishing far behind Mike O’Brien in Tuesday’s election. In an email,…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: albert shen, kshama sawant, mike o'Brien

August 6, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Sawant to face Conlin, Shen to run against O’Brien for Seattle council

Seattle City Council incumbent Richard Conlin will face Kshama Sawant, a Seattle Central Community College economics instructor, in the November general election. Incumbent Mike O’Brien will square off against engineering consultant Albert Shen. Don’t look for an overarching theme in the early returns for the two races. Sawant, a socialist, says she’s challenging Conlin because the…


Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: albert shen, kshama sawant, mike o'Brien

July 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Shen ad goes after O’Brien

Some of the first attack ads of the primary season have been mailed by Albert Shen’s campaign for Seattle City Council. Two large, glossy fliers highlight Shen’s professional work as a civil engineer who has managed large public projects such as Sea-Tac’s new parking garage. One says, “Albert Shen makes things work.” But in the lower corner…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: albert shen, Mayor Mike McGinn, mike o'Brien

February 27, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Albert Shen staying out of mayor’s race to challenge Mike O’Brien for City Council

Engineering consultant Albert Shen, originally considered a possible candidate for mayor, has filed to challenge one-term council member Mike O’Brien for Seattle City Council instead. Shen, 46, is a business candidate running on a platform of creating jobs. He owns a transportation civil engineering consulting firm and participated this year in President Obama’s White House…


Comments | More in homepage, Seattle City Council | Topics: albert shen, mike o'Brien