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December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM
Democratic Gov.-elect Jay Inslee can thank overwhelming support in Seattle for his victory over Republican Rob McKenna in the 2012 gubernatorial race.
A Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns shows Inslee carried Seattle by 78.4 to 21.4 percent over McKenna — his strongest showing of any city in King and Snohomish counties. (See map below – click for larger image.)
Inslee beat McKenna statewide 51.5 to 48.5 percent — a margin of about 95,000 votes. But inside Seattle, Inslee beat McKenna by close to 195,000 votes.
In other words, if Seattle didn’t exist, McKenna theoretically would have won the state by 100,000 votes. But Seattle does exist (much to the annoyance of Republicans) and remains the key to Democratic control of the state’s highest political offices.
Outside Seattle, Inslee also drew strong support in some close-in suburbs, including Shoreline, Renton, Tukwila and Burien.
McKenna, the two-term attorney general, ran up his highest King County percentages in wealthy enclaves like Clyde Hill, Medina and Hunts Point, as well as some Southeast King County cities, including Black Diamond and Enumclaw.
To have a shot at overcoming his Seattle deficit, McKenna needed to win swing areas such as Bellevue, Federal Way, Woodinville and Issaquah.
In 2004, Republican Dino Rossi won those cities on the way to a 40 percent total in King County, and a famous near-win in the gubernatorial race.
But McKenna narrowly lost all those cities. He even fell short in his hometown of Bellevue, garnering about 48 percent of the vote.
(One more detail: McKenna also did slightly worse in Seattle than Rossi did in 2004. Rossi that year nabbed 23.8 percent of the city vote, a couple points above McKenna’s 21.4 mark this year.)
December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM
Support for Washington’s historic measure legalizing gay marriage was strongest in Seattle, but carried across Lake Washington throughout most of the Eastside suburbs.
A Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote totals shows intense support inside the city of Seattle – with approval of Referendum 74 reaching a high mark of 94 percent in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. In all, 82 percent of Seattle voters said yes to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. (Click map at left to view full-size version.)
That strong endorsement wasn’t confined to Seattle — Ref. 74 also drew more than 60 percent support across Eastside cities including Bellevue, Sammamish, Woodinville and Redmond. In all, 20 King County cities had 60 percent or higher approval.
The local opposition was strongest in southeast King County, where five cities had a majority voting no — narrowly in Federal Way and Auburn, with somewhat larger opposition in Pacific, Black Diamond and Enumclaw.
Statewide, Ref. 74 won 53.7 percent to 46.3 percent, carrying ten of the state’s 39 counties.
December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM
Washington’s marijuana-legalization initiative proved overwhelmingly popular throughout most of King and Snohomish Counties.
Initiative 502 carried all but 5 percent of King County precincts and won a majority of votes in every city, according to a Seattle Times analysis of precinct vote returns. (Click on the map image to the left to see the larger version.)
Seattle registered the highest support – with 74 percent of the city voting to legalize pot. The initiative was favored by 66 percent in Lake Forest Park and 62 percent in Skykomish, Shoreline and Kirkland.
The weakest support in King County came in Maple Valley, Enumclaw, Black Diamond, Federal Way and Hunts Point. But even in those cities, a majority voted in favor of the initiative.
I-502 won 56 percent of the vote statewide, carrying 20 of the state’s 39 counties.
October 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM
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No hiding places: It’s that time of the year, October, the month of ghosts and goblins and political ads scarier than the most spider-covered, creaky-floored haunted house.
Check out some of the newer ads on TV. Watch and write a comment or two.
Friday, a new ad by the Republican State Leadership Committee, was released, in support of the Republican candidate for attorney general, Reagan Dunn. It features a vigorous attack on the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.
Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, many points ahead in the polls of her Republican challenger, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, has a lot of money in her till. She, too, released an ad. It was one of the more gentle ones.
The folks advocating that voters approve Referendum 74, the gay marriage measure, have a relatively new ad out that features religious people — heterosexual religious people — advocating for gay marriage.
Street disorder redux: Remember when Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn really didn’t want anyone to get too exercised about street disorder or aggressive panhandling. He fought his soon-to-be nemesis Councilmember Tim Burgess on his proposal to limit aggressive panhandling in Seattle. Publicola has an interesting tidbit on that subject, — a few years after the fact.
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September 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM
A new group has formed to push for electing Seattle City Council members by district.
Currently, all nine council members are elected citywide, or at-large. Seattle Districts Now is proposing to elect seven members by geographic district and two members citywide.
The group, which is holding a press conference Thursday, has a map showing how they’d carve Seattle into seven districts. West Seattle, for instance, would become one district; Southeast Seattle would be another. It was drawn by Richard Morrill, a demographer and University of Washington professor emeritus.
Seattle Districts Now touts itself as a coalition of business and community leaders who feel district elections would bring council members closer to citizens and neighborhood problems.
“We’re not mad at any council members,” said Faye Garneau, co-chair of the group and longtime head of the Aurora Avenue Merchants Association. “This would bring government closer to people and people closer to government.”
Coalition endorsers include state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Seattle Parks Commissioner John Barber, environmental lawyer Knoll Lowney, and North Seattle Industrial Association President Eugene Wasserman.
“Seattle is one of the last cities its size that doesn’t have district elections,” said John Fox, co-chair of the group and leader of the Seattle Displacement Coalition. Houston, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta and Denver are among the cities that have a hybrid system, according to Fox, combining districts and at-large seats like his group is proposing.
District elections would bring down the cost of a viable council campaign and lead to more grassroots contact with voters and less reliance on mailers and TV ads, Fox said. Council members now make nearly $120,000 year.
Seattle has a long history of opposing district elections. Council districts were rejected by Seattle voters in 1975, 1995 and 2003. Civic groups such as the Municipal League and League of Women voters opposed districts in 2003, saying they would foster narrow parochial interests.
But this effort is different from the 2003 measure, which captured just 46 percent of the vote, in two important ways, Wasserman said. The 2003 proposal did not include any at-large seats; and it did not draw up proposed districts, leaving voters unsure what their districts might look like.
The group must collect more than 30,000 valid signatures to put a measure on the 2013 ballot that would seek to change the city charter. They say they’re not sure if they’ll use paid signature-gatherers. Wasserman said the group hopes to raise $250,000 for the campaign. If successful, the first district elections would occur in 2015.
August 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM
TAMPA, Florida — Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan will attend a pair of fundraisers in the Seattle area on Sept. 10.
Republicans are planning a $1,000-a-person event and a more exclusive $25,000 per person “limited special event,” according to invitations circulated among the Washington delegation the at the Republican National Convention.
“This will most likely be the last visit to Seattle from either Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan before the election,” the invitations say.
The venues and other details have not been announced.
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