Elections 2013

Elections 2013
7:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Elections 2013: Campaign Dispatches From Around Seattle

Murray's entry into the butter sculpture battle, only slightly overshadowed by the Seattle mayor's race.
Credit KUOW Photo/David Hyde

KUOW reporters are on the ground at several campaign sites in Seattle, sending back snapshots from the scenes as the ballot countdown nears an end.

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Elections 2013
1:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Why Socialist Kshama Sawant's Campaign Matters, Win Or Lose

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

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.

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Elections Night
10:07 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Follow Our Live Elections Coverage

Flickr Photo/LaMenta3 (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

National Politics
8:02 am
Tue November 5, 2013

9 Elections To Watch

Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15.
Mel Evans AP

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.

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Elections 2013
2:59 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Opponents Of Tacoma Utility Tax Claim Taxation Without Representation

Tacoma's Proposition 1 would fund repairs to the city's streets by increasing the tax on utility companies.
Flickr Photo/javacolleen

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.

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Elections 2013
5:40 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Ed Murray: Comcast Donations Won't Stop Me From Supporting Internet Competition

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray speaks at the Wallingford Community Senior Center as Election Day approaches.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

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.

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RadioActive Youth Media
11:39 am
Fri November 1, 2013

How We Averted A Shutdown At RadioActive, AKA Our Coverage Of Election 2013

RadioActive's Yafiet Bezabih and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray.
Courtesy of Real Change News/Wes Sauer

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.

Find more KUOW coverage at our Elections 2013 page.

Thank you to Real Change for sharing the photo of Ed Murray and Yafiet Bezabih. Check out their coverage of the Seattle mayoral race here.

RadioActive is KUOW's youth radio program, and all the stories here are produced by young people age 16-21. Listen to RadioActive stories, subscribe to the RadioActive podcast and stay in touch on Facebook.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NSA Spying, Continued Problems With ACA, And One Last Look At The Elections

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Joni Balter of the Seattle Times and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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.

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Campaign Finance
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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.

Elections 2013
3:23 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Activist Democrats Support Socialist Candidate Kshama Sawant

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A self-declared Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council is making waves among the city’s Democratic Party establishment.

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Final Countdown
7:57 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Seattle Mayor’s Race Now Comes Down To The 'Ground Game'

Volunteer Gordon Myers and his dog, Skipper, prepare to canvas for Ed Murray
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

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.

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Proposition 1
11:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

SeaTac Wage Fight: Fairer Pay Or Fewer Jobs?

The food court in the SeaTac concourse is a battleground for a proposed minimum wage increase.
Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

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.

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Elections 2013
12:55 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Sen. Ed Murray's Interview On The Record

Washington state Sen. Ed Murray
Credit Flickr Photo/Matt Westervelt

Sen. Ed Murray sat down with The Record's Marcie Sillman ahead of the Seattle's mayoral election to discuss a range of topics, from public safety, transportation and development.

Produced by David Hyde.

Elections 2013
12:50 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Mayor Mike McGinn's Interview On The Record

Mayor Mike McGinn
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Mayor Mike McGinn sat down with The Record's Marcie Sillman to discuss a range of topics, from public safety, transportation and development.

Produced by David Hyde.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elections Are Coming! Minimum Wage, Mayor's Race And More

The City of SeaTac is considering an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News.

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.

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