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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. 

Thanksgiving dinnr food
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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.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

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.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

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.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Dave Meinert, owner of the Comet and several other businesses. He is a supporter of Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant's push for commercial rent stabilization. We also hear from Evan Loeffler, landlord attorney with Loeffler Law Group. 

Seattle City Council District 2 candidates Tammy Morales and Bruce Harrell.
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Under the pressure of a mic test at the KUOW studios, Bruce Harrell could not remember the recitation, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” so Tammy Morales, his Seattle City Council District 2 opponent, stepped in, noting with a laugh that she has a 5-year-old.

Deborah Zech Artis, left, and Sally Bagshaw drove off in a car2go together. Bagshaw was driving Zech Artis to her car up the street.
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The candidates in District 7 are both dog people.

Sally Bagshaw, the incumbent, used to have golden retrievers. Deborah Zech Artis has a blind bichon frise named Thomas Jefferson.

Seattle City Council position 9 candidates Lorena Gonzalez and Bill Bradburd.
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Cringey.

That was the feeling inside the tiny booth off the studio during a recent Seattle City Council candidate debate.

A blighted house on Northeast 65th in Seattle in the Roosevelt neighborhood.
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Kim Malcolm speaks with Seattle City Council member Nick Licata about why he co-sponsored a measure to protect renters from slumlords. 

Seattle City Council District 6 candidates Mike O'Brien and Catherine Weatbrook.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

The candidates for Seattle’s District 6 could not be more Seattle.

Catherine Weatbrook – she used to be a Tubs girl.

Tubs was a shady, windowless establishment in the University District that rented out hot tubs by the hour. It was rumored to be the best place in town to get a urinary tract infection.

Seattle City Council District 1 candidates Shannon Braddock and Lisa Herbold.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Ten minutes before West Seattle candidates Lisa Herbold and Shannon Braddock arrived at the KUOW studios, host David Hyde paced around his desk.

Jonathan Grant, Jon Grant
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Did a local developer ask a Seattle City Council candidate for a quid pro quo? (And how often does that happen around here?) Will the University of Washington's new top Dawg be more loyal than the last few? And why are Seattle Schools moving teachers around this far into the school year?

Bill Radke discusses the week’s top stories with Q13’s C.R. Douglas, Washington Policy Center’s Paul Guppy and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter.

Seattle's District 4 Candidates Are Becoming BFFs

Oct 14, 2015
Seattle City Council District 4 candidates Michael Maddux and Rob Johnson.
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Outside the radio booth, Seattle City Council candidates Michael Maddux and Rob Johnson look like they could be brothers.

Easy smiles. Blue tops. Johnson rides the bus; Maddux rides his bike. They joke that that their main difference is crew necks versus V-necks.

The most-funded item on Seattle’s November ballot isn’t a candidate. It’s a ballot measure called Honest Elections, and almost all its funding comes from a few East Coast donors.

Under the Honest Elections plan, every voter would be a donor. Before a city election, voters would receive four $25 vouchers in the mail. Voters pick their favorite candidates and mail in their vouchers.

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. 

Take us somewhere special. 

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

A pedestrian crosses Lake City Way near Northeast 125th Street in Seattle's City Council District 5.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

A Seattle City Council committee has given the green light to the mayor’s proposed $930 million transportation levy.

The Select Committee on Transportation Funding rejected a proposal from Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant to shrink the property tax levy to $600 million and use an employee hours tax and a commercial parking tax to make up much of the difference.

Terrell Jackson reopened his family's Catfish Corner restaurant in Rainier Beach, closer to old customers.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

If you want to track displacement from Seattle’s Central Area, just follow the restaurants. Jackson’s Catfish Corner in Rainier Beach started on East Cherry Street. That former restaurant, a neighborhood mainstay, was sold last year and is now boarded up.

A view of Mount Rainier from West Seattle, Seattle's new District 1.
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People in West Seattle often complain that no one comes to visit. They say this with some disbelief, because as far as they’re concerned, they live in the best part of the city – and possibly Earth. 

A bus moves into traffic on Delridge Way in West Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata about his alternative transportation levy proposal. The mayor's transportation levy aims to raise $930 million over nine years through property taxes. Licata says that's not the way to go. 

Ross Reynolds speaks with Tim Burgess, president of the Seattle City Council, about one piece of legislation which could help preserve existing affordable housing in the city.

Bill Radke, Knute Berger, Chris Vance and Sen. Pramila Jayapal on stage at the Columbia City Theater on Friday, June 5, 2015.
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Is it time for Washington state to abolish the death penalty? Should Seattle Mayor Ed Murray think twice about a trip to Israel? Is Southeast Seattle the next Ballard? And what is up with Republicans and golf?

Bill Radke debates these stories and more of the week's news with Crosscut's Knute Berger, state Sen. Pramila Jayapal and former Washington state GOP chair Chris Vance.

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