Steve Scher sat down with former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels on Tuesday night as the first ballot results were released, around 8:15 p.m. (The results will be updated daily in the afternoon as mailed ballots are counted until all the races are finalized.)
Kshama Sawant didn’t have to identify as a socialist.
Seattle City Council races are nonpartisan, after all, and her views aren’t particularly revolutionary, as far as Seattle goes: She supports a $15 minimum wage (as do both mayoral candidates), unions for low-wage workers and rent control.
It's been a busy election year in the Puget Sound area: two candidates are vying for Seattle mayor, several city councils have open seats that could sway the political tide, and voters will decide whether to impose a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac and whether to require labeling of food with GMO products.
Here's a sampling of KUOW reporters’ coverage leading up to and during elections night.
Thirty-one schools filed a notice of intent with the state to establish a charter school, over half of which would be in either King or Pierce county. The final deadline for completed applications is November 22.
Supporters of last year’s charter schools initiative in Washington state promised the law would bring successful charter models from across the country and improve academic outcomes for public school students.
Tuesday's elections are anything but dull. From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests. Although there isn't anything close to the drama of an Election Day in a presidential year, many of the races have national implications.
Washington state’s health exchange has just released an app for iPhone and Android users aimed at so-called "young invincibles," or young adults up to age 35. Their participation is crucial for the Affordable Care Act to work. But traditionally, this age group is least likely to buy health insurance for a variety of reasons.
Citing worsening marine water quality and the declining orca population, Chinook salmon and herring, the state agency Puget Sound Partnership referred to the Puget Sound as a patient in “critical condition.”
It’s been a year since Kenneth Bae, a missionary who once hailed from Lynnwood, Wash., was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea. Over the weekend, his family quietly marked the anniversary of his arrest.
One of Mayor Mike McGinn’s campaign promises when he ran in 2009 was to extend high-speed Internet in Seattle. Now the city is partnering with Gigabit Squared to extend high-speed service that, while initially limited to a few neighborhoods, could compete favorably with Comcast.
In Washington state, food stamp recipients are being notified that their benefits will be reduced in November. Federal stimulus funding has provided a boost to benefits since 2009, but that funding just expired.