Seattle voters may have just voted for several city council races, but they’ll do it again in 2015.
That’s because Charter Amendment 19 calls for the city to be divided into seven districts, with one city council representative from each. But some advocacy groups worry the new system of districts may harm minorities and the poor.
Voters rejected GMO labeling, sent the incumbent mayor of Seattle packing, and appeared to be saying yes to a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac. Will Kshama Sawant pull off a late surge to overtake City Council incumbent Richard Conlin? The panel looks back at the most interesting returns from Election Day.
Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank stares down eight months of cold, dark winter.
In a dramatic announcement on Thursday, Metro announced its plans to cut 74 bus routes by mid-2014 in response to the state's inability to pass a transportation package. Another 107 routes would be changed.
Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 10:13 am
Just a year after he won re-election, President Obama's second term is already feeling long and fairly fruitless.
It could get worse.
It's typical for second-term presidents to enter the doldrums, but in Obama's case the feeling that he can't accomplish very much set in early. The hopes he stated last year that his re-election would "break the fever" of unyielding Republican opposition to everything he proposed turned out to be misguided.
"The president is clearly at his weakest point in his presidency so far," says GOP consultant Whit Ayres.
This story is part of a project on commuting in America.
Cities across the country are investing in old-fashioned streetcars to solve what's known as the "last mile" problem. The hope is that trolleys will make it easier for people to get to their final destination.
Atlanta is one of the latest, laying steel rails for a 2.6 mile line. The tracks will run downtown from Peachtree Street to the Martin Luther King Jr. historic district on the east side of the city. Some see this as a big step forward.