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January 23, 2015 at 11:47 AM

Tom Rasmussen won’t run again for Seattle City Council

Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen announced Friday that he would not seek re-election for a fourth term. Rasmussen, who was elected in 2003, is the second incumbent this week to announce that he would step down at the end of the year. Councilmember Nick Licata also said he wouldn’t seek another term. Rasmussen, 68, said he wanted to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: election, seattle city council, Tom Rasmussen

July 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Seattle in its own minimum-wage bubble

Seattle is the only area in the state with a plurality of voters who believe that a $15 minimum wage would help the economy more than hurt it, according to an Elway poll released today. That puts city voters at odds with those elsewhere, including the rest of King County and all of Eastern Washington, where most voters say…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, Elway Poll

June 30, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Public financing of city elections won’t be on November ballot

The Seattle City Council voted today not to consider a public campaign-financing bill for the November ballot. Seattle voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have levied a property tax to create a public financing system for city council elections last year. Councilmember Mike O’Brien sought to have a similar measure referred to his committee for consideration in time…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest, Seattle City Council | Topics: mike o'Brien, seattle city council, Tim Burgess

May 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Park District ballot title challenged

An affordable housing group will file suit tomorrow over the ballot title for creation of a new parks district. The group argues that the ballot title drafted by the City Attorney’s Office for the August primary  doesn’t tell voters they are deciding whether to create a new, permanent taxing authority. “Unlike a parks levy lasting 6 to…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Displacement Coalition, seattle city council, Seattle Parks District

April 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

$15 Now files ballot initiative to raise Seattle’s minimum wage

Activists this morning filed a Seattle city charter amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015. The measure calls for a three-year phase-in for small business and non-profit organizations and defines a small business as any with 250 or fewer full-time employees. Backers of the amendment, which includes 15 Now…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, 15 Now, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

April 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Businesses push back on minimum-wage demands

A group that includes the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Washington Restaurant Association announced the formation today of a new business coalition, OneSeattle, to counter the minimum-wage demands made by unions and 15 Now activists. The group says it supports both the goal of $15 an hour and the concept of broad prosperity for all….


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: $15 minimum wage, OneSeattle, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

March 3, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Murray names chief of staff

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray added a chief of staff to his leadership team Monday, announcing the hiring of Chris Gregorich, who served most recently as Director of Public Affairs at Nyhus Communications. “Chris has a stellar reputation as a strategist with strong relationships in the political arena, and he will be an excellent asset to the city…


Comments | More in Local government, Politics Northwest | Topics: Chris Gregorich, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

January 31, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Big ‘whoops’ from Mayor Murray’s office

Shortly after the state Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve the state version of the Dream Act, which would allow financial aid for students illegally brought to the United States as children, the office of Mayor Ed Murray put out a press release praising its passage. But press spokeswoman Rosalind Brazel, on the job for less than…


Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Dream Act, ed murray, Rosalind Brazel

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