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How well do you know the Seattle City Council district you live in? In 2013, Seattle voted to split the city into seven districts to elect council members with two more members elected at-large. This year will be the first election under that system.

Oregon Independent Party Gains Major Status

Aug 17, 2015

The Oregon Secretary of State’s office announced Monday the Independent Party of Oregon has enough voters to achieve the same status as Democrats and Republicans.

Erica C. Barnett, Joel Connelly, Ijeoma Oluo and Bill Radke breakdown the week's news.
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We’ll play you audio from Saturday’s rally with Bernie Sanders which was disrupted by two Black Lives Matter activists and debate the meaning of the protest and the subsequent reaction. Also, the Washington Supreme Court fines us $100,000 a day for failing to fund education – will that finally force the legislature to act? And should you get a $124 ticket for getting stuck in an intersection and “blocking the box”?

Bill Radke explores those stories and more of this week’s news with Seattle writer Ijeoma Oluo and journalists Joel Connelly and Erica C. Barnett.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the KUOW studios.
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David Hyde talks to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray about the mandatory inclusionary housing recommendation in the proposal from the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda committee.  

Bernie Sanders supporters packed UW's Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015 to hear him speak.
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Senator Bernie Sanders has been storming the country to raise interest in his populist-themed presidential campaign.

He hit a potential hurdle in Seattle when Black Lives Matter activists blocked him from speaking at a rally in Westlake Park, but later that same day Sanders appeared before the largest crowd he had yet addressed of approximately 15,000 people at the University of Washington. 

An event organizer, left, tries to persuade two women who had taken over the microphone from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., back right, to relinquish it at a rally Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.`
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David Hyde talks with Native American writer and activist Gyasi Ross about how he ended up on the stage at Westlake when two Black Lives Matters activists disrupted a Bernie Sanders rally and what he thinks about their actions.

The fate of Washington’s 2016 presidential primary could hinge on a vote Tuesday. That’s when the state’s Presidential Primary Committee will meet to decide whether to move the primary up from May to March.

Seattle Washington ballot box vote
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What did we learn from Seattle’s first district elections in a century? Why did so few people vote? Is the Port of Seattle about to get more kayaktivist-y? And which of the 17 GOP presidential candidates have the best shot with Washington state voters?

David Hyde steps in for Bill Radke this week to debate those questions and more of the week’s news with Democratic state Senator Pramila Jayapal, Q13 political analyst C.R. Douglas and former state Republican party chair Chris Vance.

City Councilmember Jean Godden at Bulldog News in the University District.
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New results in the primary election hold more bad news for incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Jean Godden.

In addition to district races, the Seattle City Council primary includes two at-large seats.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with C.R. Douglas, political analyst for Q13 Fox, about the initial results from the August primary elections.

Rob Johnson (center in light shirt and tie) and campaign supporters watch election results Tuesday night at The Pub at Third Place. Johnson was leading in District 4, ahead of Michael Maddux and incumbent Jean Godden.
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Your votes are in and here's what we know about the primary election for Seattle's new City Council districts: It was pretty good for incumbents.

Except one. 

In addition to district races, the Seattle City Council primary includes two at-large seats.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Todd Donovan, professor at Western Washington University, about why more people won't be voting in Tuesday's primary election.

The primary election for Seattle City Council is Aug. 4. The general election is Nov. 3.
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Take us somewhere special. 

That’s what we asked the 47 candidates running for the new City Council districts in Seattle.

Seattle Washington ballot box vote
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David Hyde speaks with Daniel Beekman, a reporter for the Seattle Times covering city hall and local politics, about the upcoming primary elections on August 4. 

The inaugural 2016 debate for the White House on Thursday will be the first time many voters will be tuning into the volatile GOP campaign, and candidates are praying they'll get a boost and not a bust from the face-off.

"The level of engagement has been very low," said Rick Wilson, a Florida-based national GOP strategist. "This will be a week where we will probably have record viewership on Fox News for a primary debate, and it's going to get a lot of attention and a lot of focus."