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September 30, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Mayor Ed Murray visits Ireland to drum up business for Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray met with Ireland’s prime minister for at least a half-hour in Dublin on Monday, he said in a phone interview. He and Prime Minister Enda Kenny discussed “American businesses in Ireland, Irish businesses in Seattle” and Kenny’s visit to Seattle last year to highlight a purchase of Boeing jets by Ryanair, the Irish airline, the mayor…


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December 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Election 2013 map: McGinn support sagged everywhere but southeast Seattle

Update: 3:40 p.m. – Now with interactive, address-searchable map. Click map image for interactive version. We’ve also posted similar breakdowns for Kshama Sawant’s Seattle City Council win, and for Seattle’s ballot measures on District Elections and Public Campaign Financing Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn lost his bid for reelection with diminished voter support through most…


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October 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

McGinn TV ad: “I believe in plowing snow”

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is up with a new TV ad making a pitch to voters on what he stands for — from “preschool for every kid” to “stopping coal trains” to “plowing snow.” In the 30-second spot, McGinn, standing in front of a city skyline, faces the camera and makes his case personally. That’s a…


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October 22, 2013 at 2:38 PM

DOJ pushes back on McGinn’s police-reform story

On the campaign trail, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has sought to portray his clashes with the Justice Department over police reform as a positive part of his first-term record.

McGinn frequently notes his role in the creation of the Community Police Commission, a 15-member group that provides citizen oversight and input into the police-reform effort.

At times, McGinn has suggested he had to drag the Justice Department into an agreement to create the commission, which became part of the consent decree settling the DOJ’s claims of unconstitutional use-of-force by police. For example, in an interview with the West Seattle Herald, McGinn said “This is something I got into the agreement and isn’t something the DOJ initially wanted. I had to fight for it…”

But Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, is pushing back against McGinn’s version of history.

In a letter sent Monday to the CPC, Durkan told commissioners “you may be aware of recent public comments suggesting that the U.S. Department of Justice resisted the formation of a community oversight panel, and that this somehow delayed or prolonged the consent decree negotiations.”

That’s not true, Durkan wrote in the letter co-signed by Jonathan Smith, chief of the special litigation section for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

“As you know, the community has been at the heart of this matter from the start, and an oversight board was a concept the DOJ actively supported and continues to believe plays a critical role in effective and measurable reform,” the letter said.


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October 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

King County Sheriff endorses Ed Murray

King County Sheriff John Urquhart today endorsed State Sen. Ed Murray for Seattle Mayor, saying Murray will address Seattle’s public safety issues. “We need an effective mayor who will act to address the very real public safety challenges Seattle faces, and I believe Ed Murray will be that mayor,” Urquhart said in a statement released by…


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October 18, 2013 at 12:23 PM

McGinn picks up city union endorsement

The largest union representing city of Seattle workers today endorsed Mayor Mike McGinn for a second term.  Joe McGee, executive director of Local 17 of the Professional & Technical Employees, which represents about 2,500 city employees, said McGinn has had a more hands-on approach to running the city and has been more involved in union…


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October 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM

McGinn and Murray tangle over gender pay gap, education funding

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Sen. Ed Murray trod well worn ground for much of the second televised mayoral debate Saturday night on KOMO 4. But there were fireworks when the rivals got to directly interrogate one another on perceived leadership flaws.

For much of the hourlong debate, McGinn smiled at the camera and made a case that — despite what his critics would have you believe — he’s been a good listener in his first term. And he said he has racked up accomplishments, such as an overall low crime rate and a growing local economy, that merit another four years.

Murray, who spoke in calm, flat tones even when delivering his most aggressive attacks, said Seattle is ready for a politically experienced mayor who will work with the City Council instead of fighting it. His answers throughout the night showed, Murray clearly came to the event with a strategy to appeal to female voters and neighborhoods worried about growth.

Once again, actual policy distinctions were hard to come by. McGinn and Murray clashed the hardest in the middle of the debate when each was allowed to ask the other a question. Both punched at sore spots, revealing what they believed to be leadership flaws they believe might sway voters in the few weeks remaining in the 2013 mayoral race.


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September 30, 2013 at 5:42 PM

McGinn backers lob race-tinged allegations at Murray

A group of two-dozen Seattle civil rights and minority community leaders appeared today at a Central Area senior center to plug Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s reelection campaign. The pastors, activists and politicians praised McGinn for directing more money to minority contractors, preserving human services programs during hard times and generally being responsive to their concerns. “He’s been…


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September 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn floats soda tax to fund parks

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is floating the idea of a 1-cent-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages, including canned soda and fountain drinks, as a way to raise money for Seattle parks. McGinn announced his proposal at a mayoral forum Thursday night sponsored by the Seattle Parks Foundation. While details were sketchy, McGinn said his plan would raise the…


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September 26, 2013 at 1:30 PM

McGinn blasts Murray’s finger pointing in embezzlement scandal

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn pounced today on state Sen. Ed Murray’s attempts to avoid blame for the alleged embezzlement of $250,000 by the director of a Democratic campaign committee Murray co-chaired.

Speaking at a news conference at his campaign headquarters, McGinn called Murray’s response to the thefts of funds from the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee “very, very troubling and a real insight into his character as an executive and a leader.”

The SDCC’s former executive director Michael King was charged this week with eight counts of theft for allegedly writing himself checks from the SDCC coffers and covering his tracks by inventing poll results he said the money had paid for.

While Murray yesterday took some responsibility for failing to notice the thefts, he and his fellow co-chairs also pointed blame at the SDCC’s former treasurer, Jason Bennett, who’d alerted them to the thefts in February.


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