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May 19, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Sawant, Licata call for head tax, higher parking tax to help Metro Transit

Two Seattle City Council members today called for an employee head tax of up to $18 per year, and a boost in the existing parking tax, to help close the budget shortfall at King County Metro Transit. Councilmembers Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata said the taxes would raise about $21 million yearly, and would be used to…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: King County Metro Transit, Kshama Sawant, Nick Licata

March 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

Ethics complaint filed against Sawant, political allies

A 50-page ethics complaint filed last week says Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and her political allies, the Socialist Alternative party and 15 Now, the organization pushing for a hike in the minimum wage in 2015, haven’t registered as lobbyists or campaign organizations and haven’t reported campaign contributions as required by city ethics rules and…

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Comments | Topics: 15 Now, Elizabeth Campbell, Kshama Sawant

January 17, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Man jailed over threats against Murray, Sawant

A 32-year-old Seattle man accused of threatening Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant was ordered held on $600,000 bail during a probable-cause hearing this afternoon. Mitchell Munro Taylor was booked into the King County Jail on Thursday night for investigation of malicious harassment after threatening, anti-gay postings from his account were left on Murray’s Facebook page….

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Comments | More in Politics, The Blotter | Topics: Kshama Sawant, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Police Department

January 6, 2014 at 6:29 AM

New leaders taking charge at Seattle City Hall

The Associated Press Officials expect hundreds of people to pack the Seattle City Hall lobby this afternoon for the swearing-in ceremony for new officials, including gay Mayor Ed Murray and Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. Other city council members and the city attorney also will be sworn-in. Sawant told KIRO her speech will note a historic change. Sawant won…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: City Hall, Ed Murray, Kshama Sawant

December 31, 2013 at 5:24 AM

Tuesday Memo: Mayor’s oath … Seahawks’ Harvin back? … Speeding Ferrari

Seattle mayoral inauguration: The ceremonial oaths of office for Mayor-elect Ed Murray and socialist City Council member Kshama Sawant are getting national media attention. Harvin back? Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin may be healthy enough to play in Seattle’s playoff game Jan. 11. Scary Ferrari ride: Olympia police chased a Ferrari at speeds up to 100 mph…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Ed Murray, Ferrari, Harvin

December 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Ed Murray wants minimum-wage plan in four months

Seattle Mayor-elect Ed Murray told a newly appointed committee made up of labor and business that it had four months to come up with a recommendation for raising Seattle’s minimum wage.

Murray skirted an actual dollar amount, referring to his campaign pledges to work toward a $15 minimum wage, but leaving open the possibility that it could be a phased-in approach or even exceed $15.

Murray said he was committed to legislation that did not hurt business or put people out of jobs, but improved the lives of working people. He said his policy team would analyze existing data about the effects of raising the minimum wage and what it costs to live in Seattle.

“We are not going to pass a slogan,” he said.

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Comments | Topics: $15, Ed Murray, Kshama Sawant

December 17, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Sawant pledges $15 minimum wage in 2014

City Councilmember-elect Kshama Sawant said today that she would work to pass a $15 an hour minimum wage bill in Seattle in 2014, but said she wasn’t ready to release details of a plan. She said Mayor-elect Ed Murray’s campaign promise to get to a $15 minimum wage by the end of his term wasn’t a…

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Comments | Topics: $15, Ed Murray, Kshama Sawant

November 16, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Saturday Memo: Snow in the mountains … Conlin concedes … Huskies frustrated

Weather: ….. Snow in the mountains, so some ski resorts are open. Sun and clouds in the lowlands, but dry. Highs in the mid- to upper 40s. The forecast. Richard Conlin concedes: The four-term member of the Seattle City Council — he of the consensus-building and pygmy goats and plastic-bag ban legislation, and…

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Comments | Topics: Kshama Sawant, Richard Conlin, Silas Potter