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Category: Politics
December 16, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Seattle Housing Authority puts rent change on hold

Seattle Housing Authority Executive Director Andrew Lofton (Credit: The Seattle Times) Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (Photo credit: Jon Lok / The Seattle Times) The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) has shelved its controversial plan to raise rents for thousands of tenants. There will be no rent policy change until 2016 and the SHA may scrap the plan altogether. “We have…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: Andrew Lofton, rent, Seattle Housing Authority

December 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Metropolitan King County Council allows tent encampments for 10 more years

The Metropolitan King County Council has approved legislation allowing tent encampments to operate in the county’s unincorporated areas for another 10 years. The county has permitted the homeless encampments since adopting a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness more than nine years ago. Homelessness has hardly ended in that time, with almost 10,000 households turning to the county…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: homeless encampments, homelessness, Metropolitan King County Council

December 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Murray thanks SPD for handling of protests, but complaints under review

Roughly 100 people gathered at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle as the Ferguson, Mo. grand jury decision was announced, then took the streets to protest. (Credit: Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times) Seattle Mayor Ed Murray gave police a pat on the back Monday, thanking them in an email for their work during weekend street protests…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Ferguson, Lisa Daugaard, Public Defenders Association

November 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Oregon vote on GMO labeling goes to recount

The Associated Press PORTLAND — Tallies of the last remaining ballots show an Oregon measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods lost by only 809 votes and is headed for an automatic recount. Officials released the full statewide count Monday. It shows Measure 92 was defeated by a margin of only 0.06 percentage point. That’s well…

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November 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Sawant spends five hours in jail and continues $15 wage push

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said Thursday that even though she spent five hours in jail the previous night, after a protest outside Alaska Airlines headquarters in SeaTac, her push to raise the minimum wage for airport workers to $15 will continue. Speaking from her office, Sawant said “last night’s action was really inspiring for everybody.” “We have to keep up the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Alaska Airlines, Kshama Sawant

November 5, 2014 at 6:45 AM

City of Blaine still plain old Blaine

The Associated Press BLAINE — The city of Blaine is still plain old Blaine. Voters rejected a proposal to change the name to Blaine Harbor. The Bellingham Herald reports it’s the second time since 2000 residents have rejected the idea. Supporters thought drawing attention to the border town’s water would attract more visitors as they crossed to and from…

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Comments | More in General news, Politics | Topics: Blaine, election

November 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Seattle City Council may add minimum-wage investigators, funding to mayor’s budget

Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess (Credit: Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (Photo credit: Jon Lok / The Seattle Times) Seattle’s much-heralded new minimum wage is scheduled to take effect on April 1, but Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed 2015-2016 budget includes just one additional staff member next…

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Comments | Topics: Mike O'Brien, minimum wage, paid sick leave

October 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

U.S. Attorney’s Office appoints Election Day watchdog

Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes has appointed a long-time federal prosecutor to oversee and investigate complaints of Election Day fraud. Assistant U.S. Attorney Arlen Storm has been appointed to the Western District of Washington’s Election Office and will be responsible for handling complaints of fraud or voter-rights abuses in consultation with the Justice Department headquarters in Washington,…

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Comments | More in General news, Politics, The Blotter | Topics: election, Election Day, U.S. Attorney

October 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

No women among 25 best-paid Seattle city employees

There were no women last year among Seattle’s 25 best-paid city employees, and there were just two women among city employees with the 25 highest base salaries in 2013, city records show. Seattle City Light CEO Jorge Carrasco topped both lists despite having no overtime pay. His base salary for the year was $243,715.40. Mayor Ed Murray in…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Politics | Topics: gender pay gap, Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

October 14, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Idaho governor won’t appeal; ban on gay marriage ends Wednesday

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho  — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter will not appeal the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal’s most recent decision to lift the state’s ban on gay marriage starting Wednesday. Otter wrote in a statement released Tuesday that for now, the state has done all it can through the courts to defend traditional marriage…

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Comments | Topics: 9th Circuit, Supreme Court

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