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June 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM

MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ goes with the wrong Steinbrueck

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” talk show very early this morning for a victory lap on Seattle’s historic $15 minimum wage, which he signed into law Tuesday. Murray also was asked by political journalist John Heilemann about Wednesday’s Seattle Times story on the $98,000 no-bid contract the mayor arranged…

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October 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Former rival Steinbrueck endorses Murray for mayor

Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck endorsed state Sen. Ed Murray for mayor today.

During a news conference at Cloud City Coffee in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood, Steinbrueck said he was won over by Murray’s commitment to the city’s industrial sector, gender pay equity and his pledge to involve neighborhoods more in growth planning.

“I have only respect for Mayor [Mike] McGinn. He has led with passion and conviction, but he has left many of us disappointed,” Steinbrueck said.

Repeating a constant refrain of McGinn critics, Steinbrueck said Murray could bring together broader coalitions “rather than polarization and divisiveness.”

The atmosphere at the news conference was celebratory, with Murray leading in the polls and piling up big endorsements. One political operative asked whether a reporter had heard any news about who would serve on Murray’s transition team and administration. But Murray cautioned he was taking nothing for granted in the final weeks of the election.

Steinbrueck, who served on the City Council between 1997 and 2007, placed third in the August primary, taking 16 percent of the vote. City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who finished fourth just behind Steinbrueck, endorsed Murray last month.

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August 7, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Steinbrueck, Staadecker congratulate Murray, McGinn

Defiant on election night, mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck this morning said he had called the top two finishers State Senator Ed Murray and Mayor Mike McGinn to congratulate them on winning the primary election. Steinbrueck said he hadn’t conceded, but would make an announcement this afternoon after another vote count is released. The former city councilmember trailed with…

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August 6, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Murray, McGinn appear headed for November showdown

State Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lead the pack in Seattle’s mayoral primary Tuesday and appear headed for a November runoff. (Seattle Times file photos)

State Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lead the pack in Seattle’s mayoral primary Tuesday and appear headed for a November runoff. (Seattle Times file photos)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray are headed to a November election matchup, easily rising above a pack of rivals in Tuesday’s mayoral primary.

Murray led with more than 30 percent of the vote, to McGinn’s 27 percent.

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell and former Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck were vying for third place with about 16 percent each.

Battling low job-approval ratings and a pack of viable challengers, McGinn’s campaign had downplayed expectations for Tuesday’s vote, suggesting he might wind up in third place on election night.

But such worries for McGinn supporters were quickly doused Tuesday when results were posted after 8 p.m., showing the mayor comfortably in second place.

At a Capitol Hill sports bar, McGinn backers chanted “four more years” as the results flashed across TV screens and smartphones.

McGinn took the stage and declared, “Four years ago people asked how this activist got elected. They’re still asking.”

“I’m proud of what I’ve stood for,” McGinn said, citing his support for the environment and for standing up for low-wage workers. “We’re going to run a hell of a race.”

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August 6, 2013 at 6:28 PM

McGinn campaign downplays expectations

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign is downplaying expectations in advance of tonight’s batch of primary returns. John Wyble, the mayor’s political consultant, says McGinn might not be among the top two vote-getters as of tonight, but predicts he’ll emerge from the primary after more votes are counted this week. “I feel like this will be the low…

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July 31, 2013 at 4:39 PM

McGinn video talks of ‘corporate welfare’ for Whole Foods

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s final TV ad before the end of the Aug. 6 primary strikes a positive, almost apologetic tone. But in a Web video aimed at his core supporters, McGinn takes a more aggressive tack, ripping his rivals in the mayoral race over their criticism of his efforts to block a proposed…

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July 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Candidates, mayor differ on library funding

Mayoral Candidate Peter Steinbrueck has called out Mayor Mike McGinn for recommending a $1 million reduction to the 2013 library budget in the executive’s supplemental budget.

The mayor’s office was quick to respond that it is not cutting any programs, services, hours or collections. Rather, said spokesman Robert Cruickshank, it’s redirecting some savings the city found after discovering that it had budgeted twice to end the one-week August furlough throughout the library system. And health care costs for the libraries are about $500,000 less than anticipated.

Cruickshank called the reallocation of library funding “a technical change that reflects overbudgeting.” And he added that the library “is on board” with both adjustments.

But Steinbrueck, along with Councilmembers Tim Burgess and Jean Godden, say savings found in the library budget should stay with the library and not be redirected to other general fund programs. They note that 13 branches are still closed on Fridays and the library is still trying to rebuild collections and catch up on building maintenance deferred during four years of budget cuts.

Steinbrueck notes that the recommended reduction comes in the same week McGinn sent out a campaign flyer asking “What if Seattle had a mayor who made sure our libraries stayed open?” The answer on the reverse side picks up a theme from the mayor’s reelection campaign ads and mailers: “We do and his name is Mike McGinn.”

Steinbrueck, who served two terms on the Library Foundation Board, said, “I’d like to see these funds stay with the libraries. I’m certain they could find a good use for them.”

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: libraries, mike mcginn, Peter Steinbrueck

July 25, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Harrell joins Whole Foods fray, calls McGinn’s stand “shallow”

Seattle City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell has joined the debate over a West Seattle Whole Foods development that Mayor Mike McGinn has sought to impede by denying a key alley vacation over wage concerns. Harrell had previously not commented even as rivals Peter Steinbrueck and Ed Murray accused McGinn of political grandstanding…

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June 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Steinbrueck flyer: Neighborhood voice

Peter Steinbrueck’s first campaign literature for Seattle mayor is being handed out at public appearances and doorbelling this week. The flyer characterizes him as the “Neighborhood Voice … Neighborhood Choice” and highlights his 10 years on the City Council, his architecture career, background in urban planning and his opposition to a new sports arena in Sodo. Interestingly,…

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June 12, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Robo calls in mayor’s race to ID supporters

Seattle voters over the past two weeks report robo calls asking for preferences in the crowded mayor’s race. The automated caller says there are four leading candidates, Peter Steinbrueck, Ed Murray, Mike McGinn and Bruce Harrell, though the order seems to be different on each call. Voters are asked, “If the mayor’s race were held today,…

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