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November 4, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Property tax levy for city-subsidized preschool wins big

A Seattle ballot measure enacting a $58 million property-tax levy for city-subsidized preschool won big in Tuesday returns. Seattle Proposition No. 1B will authorize a $58 million property-tax levy to fund a four-year pilot program of city-subsidized preschool on a sliding scale while raising academic standards and the pay of preschool teachers. The proposal, backed by…

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November 4, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Seattle’s Latest monorail proposal loses big

Seattleites overwhelmingly rejected a request to spend $2 million per year for yet another layer of transportation planning, this time to explore a monorail line. Citizen Proposition No. 1 attracted only 19.6 percent of the votes in counts released Tuesday night. Its defeat reinforces a voter decision nine years ago to bury the dream of a line…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections | Topics: Elizabeth Campbell, Monorail, seattle

September 12, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Obama visit costs Seattle $40k; Medina bills former Costco CEO

President Obama’s July 22 political fundraising visit cost Seattle taxpayers about $40,000 in police overtime bills, according to the city. Seattle plans to absorb that cost, said Jeff Reading, a spokesman for Mayor Ed Murray. “It’s not been the city’s policy to bill for a presidential visit of any kind,” Reading said in an email….

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| More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Jim Sinegal, Medina, police costs

July 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Obama travels to Seattle Tuesday for DNC fundraiser

President Obama plans another political visit to the Seattle area next week as part of a West Coast fundraising spree. Obama will travel to Seattle on Tuesday to attend an event for the Democratic National Committee, according to a White House official. Later that day, he’ll fly to San Francisco to spend the night before attending a…

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May 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Joe Biden slips into Seattle for fundraiser

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Seattle area Thursday for a low-key fundraiser. Biden attended a largely unpublicized noon fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at an undisclosed home in the Bellevue area, according to the White House and Democratic Party officials. Media was barred from the event and no further details were provided. Biden also visited…

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December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Huge Seattle advantage powered Inslee victory in governor’s race

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…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor, homepage, Politics Northwest | Topics: 2012 gubernatorial race, Jay Inslee, Rob McKenna

December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Eastside suburbs joined Seattle in strong approval of gay marriage referendum

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…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, homepage, Politics Northwest, Same-sex marriage | Topics: gay marriage, referendum 74, seattle

December 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

Marijuana initiative wildly popular in Seattle & Eastside

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…

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October 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday briefing: season of political ads, scary and otherwise; aggressive panhandling redux

Good Morning: UPDATED TO INCLUDE LINK ON A.G. AD The New Yorker cover speaks loudly. The latest New Yorker cover sums up the first presidential debate in biting fashion. 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…

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Comments | More in Attorney General, homepage, Politics Northwest, U.S. Senate | Topics: bob ferugson, mike mcginn, republican state leadership committee

September 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Group wants district elections for Seattle

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…

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