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September 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Planned Parenthood organizer declares Seattle City Council candidacy

Warning that Seattle’s story is becoming an unequal “tale of two cities,” Planned Parenthood’s lead political organizer in the city declared her intention Wednesday to run for the City Council’s newly-drawn 5th District seat. Halei Watkins, 26, is the first candidate to announce a campaign in the 5th District as the council moves to representation based on geographic districts…

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Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: Halei Watkins, Northgate, seattle city council

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…

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

May 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Park District ballot title challenged

An affordable housing group will file suit tomorrow over the ballot title for creation of a new parks district. The group argues that the ballot title drafted by the City Attorney’s Office for the August primary  doesn’t tell voters they are deciding whether to create a new, permanent taxing authority. “Unlike a parks levy lasting 6 to…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Displacement Coalition, seattle city council, Seattle Parks District

December 2, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Huge win for Seattle council districts; narrow loss for public financing

Two Seattle ballot measures seeking to shake up City Council elections fared quite differently at the polls. The proposal to elect most councilmembers by geographic districts — Charter Amendment 19 — won big throughout the city. An analysis of precinct vote returns by The Seattle Times’ Justin Mayo shows the districts measure lost in…

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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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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 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

October 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Lack of transparency in Seattle Prop. 1 campaign

Proposition 1 would create accountability and transparency in Seattle City Council elections by funding candidates with property taxes, according to the campaign’s Fair Elections Seattle website. But money from the biggest donor to Fair Elections Seattle itself is not transparent. Washington Public Campaigns (WPC), a local nonprofit group, has contributed $10,000 to Fair Elections…

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October 1, 2013 at 1:01 PM

City Council: Move most medical pot patients to recreational system

Most medical marijuana patients should be brought into the recreational pot market the state is creating, urged all nine Seattle City Council members in a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee and key legislators. The medical marijuana market continues to operate, at best, in a gray market, council members said, which could undermine the state’s goal of  curtailing…

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