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'Week in Review' panel Chris Vance, Bill Radke, Erica C. Barnett and Knute Berger.
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Two Washington state Republicans voted against President Trump's health care bill, one voted in favor and one has better things to do and skips it altogether.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray denies new allegations that he paid for sex.

The protesters behind May Day

May 2, 2017

Bill Radke talks with reporter Liz Jones about the May Day protests. She describes the crowds, the increased tensions due to President Trump and what protestors hope to accomplish with their marching.  

Immigrant rights march heads into downtown Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Supporters of immigrants and workers rights rallied through Seattle on Monday as part of the annual May Day demonstration.

Most of the rallies were peaceful, but as of Monday night Seattle Police said they arrested 5 people.

Listen to a wrap-up from the days rallies and protests:


Faith communities gather on May Day 2017 at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood to declare their support for immigrants and refugees.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

The sanctuary movement that was part of the Seattle faith community in the 1980s is back.

Josh Potter of Vancouver, Wash. attends a pro-Trump rally at Westlake Plaza in downtown Seattle on Monday, May 1, 2017.
KUOW Photo/Mike Kane

Many of the protesters drove in from hours outside Seattle to show the antifa “people who have a different point of view.”

People walk in the May Day labor march in Seattle on Friday, May 1, 2015.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Bill Radke talks to Eli Sanders, associate editor for the Stranger, about May Day protests — from the traditional immigrants' rights and workers' rights march that has taken place for the last 18 years to the more recent marches lead by anarchists.  

Sanders wrote about the antigovernment protesters and May Day last year in the Stranger.

Marchers at a May Day march in downtown Seattle on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Every May 1 immigrants gather across the country to demand more rights. On Sunday, immigrants met at Judkins Park in the Central Area. 

People walk in the May Day labor march in Seattle on Friday, May 1, 2015.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Greater Seattle is known as home to some of the world’s most successful corporations including Microsoft and Amazon. But it's also home to some of the most vigorous anti-capitalist protests in the United States. What’s going on here?

Amy Radil

The group 15 Now is seeking a ballot measure to raise Seattle’s minimum wage as quickly as possible, without the phase-ins of Mayor Ed Murray’s proposal.

That group’s name was evident on dozens of red signs at the traditional May Day rally for immigration reform. The signs made common cause with those marchers, calling for the wage hike and an end to deportations.

Flickr Photo/One America (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde talks with Juan Jose Bocanegra, chairman of the May First Action Coalition, about the annual May Day march for immigration reform.

Flickr Photo/Tariq Abdel-Monem (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Correction 2/5/2014: The text of this story has been edited to reflect that the court action is a motion (not a lawsuit).

The Seattle newspaper The Stranger is seeking more openness in the case of two witnesses who were detained for refusing to testify before a grand jury by filing a motion to unseal federal court records.

Your Take On The News

May 3, 2013
KUOW News/Liz Jones

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni BalterEli Sanders and Knute Berger. It was a busy week in the Northwest.

Seattle's hopes for an NBA team were all but crushed. Although it isn't official, the seven owners in the NBA's relocation committee unanimously voted to reject Chris Hansen's bid to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. 

Another May Day has ended in tear gas, overshadowing a day of peaceful demonstrations. 

The candidates for Seattle's mayoral race faced off for the first time and the Police Guild has reached a contract deal. 

That was just the news from Seattle, what are the stories that caught your attention this week? Call us 206.543.5869, email weekday@kuow.org or use #weekinreview to share your thoughts with us on Twitter during the show.

Liz Jones / KUOW

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of people marched about 2 1/2 miles from the Central District toward Seattle's downtown Jackson Federal Building on Wednesday after a May Day rally supporting immigrant rights and labor.

Demonstrators Have Their Say On May Day

May 1, 2013
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

KUOW reporter Amy Radil began her day at Westlake Park.