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January 24, 2015 at 1:29 PM

Mascots, pot reform, political retirees: your politics week in review

While you were obsessing over the State of the Union or Deflategate, Washington state politics moved forward. Here’s what you may have missed: 1. Seattle City Councilmembers Nick Licata and Tom Rasmussen to retire 2. Truth Needle: GOP leader is right, Inslee polluter list tags UW, WSU 3. On Muslim Lobby Day, Muslim residents march through…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, Marijuana, Minimum wage, State Legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington state Republican Party | Topics: Bob Ferguson, Nick Licata, Susan Hutchison

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…

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

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,…

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

February 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Debate about South Lake Union affordable housing heats up

The City Council and Mayor Mike McGinn agree, Seattle needs to get more benefits when it creates wealth for property owners through upzones allowing taller buildings. The questions now are “how much” and “when”? The consensus for increased benefits emerged after a council consultant’s report said the city could seek more benefits, such as affordable housing, and developers…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Nick Licata, Richard Conlin, South Lake Union

February 13, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Senate Republicans seek to repeal Seattle’s new sick leave law

OLYMPIA — State Senate Republicans, who have already proposed repealing the state’s never-implemented family-leave requirement, are now targeting Seattle’s sick-leave law. The law, which took effect in September, requires businesses with at least five employees operating in Seattle to provide paid sick leave to workers. Seattle is one of three major cities in the United States to have the…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: John Braun, Karen Keiser, Nick Licata

December 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Licata honored as best progressive local official

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata was named to The Nation magazine’s 2012 Progressive Honor Roll this week, along with other luminaries of the left, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow. The magazine has called out progressives for the past decade and this year named Licata “Best Local Politician.” The Nation cited Licata’s…

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Comments | More in homepage, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Nick Licata, The Nation magazine