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.
Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:19 pm
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.
Marcie Sillman talks with Tacoma News Tribune columnist Peter Callaghan about the city's Proposition 1, which would use a 2 percent tax increase on utility companies to pay for repairs on Tacoma's city streets.
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.
By Nina Tran & Isaac Noren & Yafiet Bezabih & Kendra Hanna & Halle Bills
In this month’s RadioActive podcast, hosts Isaac Noren and Nina Tran narrowly avert a beverage-related shutdown of podcast production. Plus, RadioActive youth reporters bring you coverage of the local election:
Kendra Hanna finds that people on the street in the University District support Initiative 522 to label genetically modified food.
Halle Bills goes to one of the coolest candidate forums ever: Washington Bus' Candidate Survivor. Hear Seattle’s mayoral candidates make up haiku. They’re not so bad!
Last but not least, Yafiet Bezabih fills you in on Seattle’s mayoral election, including an exclusive interview with one of the candidates, State Sen. Ed Murray.
Questions over who knew what and when about the latest NSA spying revelations and troubles with the Affordable Care Act rollout dominate Washington, D.C. The panel weighs in on those stories and takes one last look at state and local races before Tuesday's election. Plus, we get post-Halloween action items from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.
Steve Scher talks with Attorney General Bob Ferguson about the lawsuit that finds No on I-522 donor, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in violation of campaign finance laws. Penalties are expected after the election is over.
It’s down to the wire in the hotly contested Seattle mayor’s race.
With the public debates and forums now largely over, the campaigns have shifted to what is called the “ground game”—phone calling, doorbelling, sign waving.
Volunteers for incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn have knocked on more than 20,000 doors and made more than 150,000 phone calls so far, according to the campaign. Even though the mayor is behind in recent polls, the campaign has long claimed that it runs the superior field operation, and will make up the difference in the final days of the election.
Washington state has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. If voters in the City of SeaTac approve Proposition 1 next Tuesday, the city would boast the highest minimum wage in the country.
Opponents of the proposition say that although the purpose of the proposition is to provide higher-paying jobs, its real consequence would be fewer jobs and more competition from workers from nearby cities.
The City of SeaTac is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Seattle is considering two proposals that would impact City Council races and we take another look at the Seattle mayoral race with less than two weeks to go before Election Day.
Plus, we talk over the Affordable Care Act's glitchy start and check in with Live Wire host Luke Burbank.