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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Scott Bonjukian about his proposal before the Seattle City Council to build a lid over the downtown Interstate 5 corridor to create a new central park for the city.

File photo of Uber driver at  near the San Francisco International Airport.
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The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to become the first city in the nation to allow Uber, Lyft and other for-hire drivers to unionize.

Councilmember Mike O'Brien said the vote was consistent with other recent protection for local workers, like the $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Bill Radke speaks with Dawn Gearhart and Paul Guppy about whether or not for-hire drivers should be allowed to unionize in Seattle. If the Seattle City Council votes to approve legislation allowing unionization, Seattle would be the first city in the country to take this step. 

Gearhart is a union representative from Teamsters 117. Guppy is the vice president for research at the Washington Policy Center. 

Lisa Herbold at the former Linda Manor Apartments in West Seattle’s Gatewood neighborhood.
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Bill Radke talks to new Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who represents West Seattle and South Park, about her top three priorities for Seattle. 

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In advance of the Thanksgiving holiday, The Record brought in a panel to talk about some of the key issues happening in the news.

  • Race and justice issues provoked protests at college campuses in Washington state and all over the country this month. Students of color are calling for safer spaces on campus. 
  • The Seattle City Council said no to increasing parental leave from four weeks to 12.  
  • And how do you talk politics with your family on Thanksgiving?

Bill Radke talks over the news with Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez, journalist Erica C. Barnett and University of Washington philosophy professor Michael Blake.

Other guests include Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer, Columbia journalism professor Todd Gitlin, and Lizzie Post, co-host of the podcast Amazing Etiquette.

Lorena Gonzalez at her election night party on Nov. 3, 2015, in Seattle.
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David Hyde speaks with Lorena Gonzalez, the first Latina ever to be elected to the Seattle City Council, about her top priorities for her first months in office. 

Shannon Braddock, left, and Lisa Herbold ran to represent District 1, which encompasses West Seattle, on the City Council.
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West Seattle’s ballots from the November election will be recounted, the King County Elections department said on Tuesday.

That's because the race between candidates Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock is too close to call. Herbold led Braddock by 36 votes for the District 1 position. 

Parental Leave: Is It Fair To Employees Without Kids?

Nov 23, 2015
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The Seattle City Council on Monday rejected another attempt to increase paid family leave for city workers from four weeks to 12. Estimated cost: $1.5 million a year.

On The Record earlier, Bill Radke heard about the pros and cons of paid parental leave from Kristen Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of MomsRising, and Paul Guppy, vice president of research for the Washington Policy Center.

Seattle City Council District 1 candidates Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold.
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Updated: 4:45 p.m., 11/10/2015:

A close margin in one Seattle City Council race just got razor thin. Lisa Herbold now trails Shannon Braddock in District 1 by a mere six votes. 

Our post-elections panel Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and David Hyde.
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So did Seattle socialists win or lose in the election? Kshama Sawant was re-elected in City Council District 3, and her ally Mike O’Brien also won in District 6. But other potential allies faltered.

Still, political analyst C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX told KUOW’s David Hyde, Sawant’s re-election pushes the council her direction.  

City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at her election night party at Melrose Market in Seattle on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.
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As election results flashed on the screen Tuesday night, a party of Kshama Sawant supporters erupted.

It showed the Seattle City Council incumbent leading challenger Pamela Banks by 5 percentage points.

District 7 candidate Sally Bagshaw watches a screen for the first results of the election on Tuesday night, discovering that she was leading her opponent 80 percent to 19 percent.
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All five Seattle City Council incumbents running for election to new districts were ahead of their opponents after the second batch of returns came in on Wednesday.

And though most of those incumbents were men, overall women will be a majority on the reconstituted council.

The incumbents are Bruce Harrell in District 2, Kshama Sawant in District 3, Mike O'Brien in District 6, Sally Bagshaw in District 7, Tim Burgess for at-large Position 8. Here's a look at all the races:

District 1

Shannon Braddock 52 percent, Lisa Herbold 47 percent.

Seattle City Council District 5 candidate Debora Juarez and Sandy Brown.
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We’ve been asking Seattle City Council candidates to answer whimsical questions.

What animal would they be? What magical power would they have? Who is their political hero?

Seattle City Council position 8 candidates Jon Grant and Tim Burgess.
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Standing outside the KUOW station, we asked Seattle City Council candidate Jon Grant what he would do if he lost.

He would pay off his debt, he said. Then he paused.

Did we know that 54 percent of the city voted against his opponent in the primary? (Grant got 31 percent in the primary.)

King County primary ballot.
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David Hyde talks with Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas about how moving to a district system is affecting City Council races in Seattle. Balter is host of Civil Cocktail on The Seattle Channel and Douglas is a political analyst for Q13 Fox.

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