government

Charter Amendment 19
7:23 am
Tue November 12, 2013

New Seattle Districts Could Hurt Poor, Minorities, Critics Say

District 2 is "majority-minority." Critics say it could be hard for minorities to get their voices heard in Districts 1 and 3.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

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.

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PacMed Building
6:52 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Nineties Real Estate Deal Proved To Be Money-Loser For Washington State

Nick Cockrell with Washington’s Department of Enterprise Services gives a tour of the state-owned Rhodes Center in Tacoma which, he says, loses about $500,000 a year.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:32 pm

The state of Washington is expected to sign a 30-year lease Tuesday for Seattle’s iconic Pacific Tower on Beacon Hill.

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Business And Transportation
3:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Boeing Incentives Signed; Washington Lawmakers Turn To Roads

File photo of a Boeing 777 jetliner.
Boeing

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 2:44 pm

Boeing will get tax incentives and worker training under bills signed into law Monday by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.

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Army
4:40 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson Receives Medal Of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Will Swenson.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle Army Capt. Will Swenson about receiving the Medal Of Honor and his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal in Afghanistan.

D.C. Battles
3:51 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray Speaks Out On Employment Non-Discrimination Bill

Marcie Sillman interviews Sen. Patty Murray about Boeing's future in Washington state, the Employment Non-Discrimination Bill, and budget battles in Washington, D.C.

Corporate Taxes
3:49 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

When Did Taxes Become A Bargaining Tool?

David Leonhardt's "Here's the Deal."

Ross Reynolds talks with David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief of the New York Times and author of "Here's the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth."

Aerospace
3:47 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

No Deal In Sight Between Boeing And Machinists Union

Flickr Photo/Chuck Taylor (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Seattle Times aerospace reporter Dominic Gates about negotiations between Boeing and Machinists District 751 to build the 777X in Everett.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Elections Results, And The Cold, Dark Winter Ahead

At Sen. Ed Murray's election night party, the apparent mayor-to-be was featured in butter.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

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

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.

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Budget
4:28 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Seattle Parks Face $250 Million Maintenance Backlog

Green Lake, Seattle's most popular park, is not immune to the repair backlog choking the city.
Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

Ross Reynolds investigates how the city's approximate $250 million repair and upgrade backlog looks like on the ground at Seattle's most popular park — Green Lake in North Seattle.

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Protest
4:17 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

33 Women Arrested During Immigration Rally – Including Mayor McGinn's Wife

Peggy Lynch, in the blue scarf, wife of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, was arrested on Thursday for being part of a sit-in at the state's Republican Party headquarters.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

With an immigration reform bill stalled in the US House of Representatives, 33 women in the Seattle area staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue.

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Transportation
3:39 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Metro To Cut 74 Bus Routes If State Doesn’t Come Through

Metro tweeted this image of bus routes that are scheduled to be cut by mid-2014.
Credit Metro King County Photo

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.

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Nuclear Waste
7:15 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Energy Department Says Leaking Tank At Hanford 'Stabilizing'

File photo of part of Hanford's C-Farm
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:31 pm

After nearly a year of study, the U.S. Department of Energy says fewer radioactive waste tanks appear to be leaking at Hanford than originally thought.

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Politics
5:03 am
Thu November 7, 2013

With Three Years Left To Go, Obama Remains On Defense

President Obama waves as he departs Love Field Airport after shaking hands with supporters Wednesday in Dallas.
Tony Gutierrez AP

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.

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Commuting
11:55 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

To Get Around Town, Some Cities Take A Step Back In Time

Construction of the Atlanta streetcar line has hurt many businesses along the route, but there is hope that economic gains will increase once the line opens next spring.
Kathy Lohr NPR

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 9:17 am

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.

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Elections 2013
3:51 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Mayor Apparent Ed Murray Explains His First Priorities

At Sen. Ed Murray's election night party, the apparent mayor-to-be was featured in butter.
KUOW Photo/David Hyde

Ross Reynolds talks with Sen. Ed Murray, Seattle mayor apparent, about his first priorities in his new political role.

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