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Jenny Durkan and Mike McGinn
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An exclusive KUOW/KING Survey USA poll on the Seattle mayor’s race shows there’s not much daylight separating the candidates.

Russia's efforts to interfere with last year's elections will be front and center during two hearings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will appear before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hear from current U.S. intelligence officials and state election experts.

Here are five questions likely to be on lawmakers' minds as they listen to witnesses and ask questions.

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Did you move to Seattle in the last year or two? Hi! Welcome! 

So, local elections are coming up. And if you're into it, we want to hear your take on what you've learned about Seattle politics so far. 

What candidates are on your radar? Are you fired up about taxes? Or homelessness? Or affordable housing? 

Has anything perplexed you?

President Trump's election convinced Jami Smith to run for office this year
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When President Trump was elected, Jami Smith decided to run for office.

"If Hillary had won, I probably wouldn't be running right now,” she said. “Now it's like, okay, somebody's got to clean up this crap.”

Updated on July 25 at 9:21 p.m. ET

The multiple investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race will open a new chapter Wednesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing about foreign agents operating in the U.S. lobbying on behalf of foreign governments — and what some consider the lax enforcement of the federal law that governs their activities.

A state legislative race in Washington is starting to draw out-of-state money. For one donor from Idaho that’s because the outcome could determine west coast climate policy.

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton argued Wednesday that Russian meddling in the 2016 election in large part cost her the White House, and said she was "leaning" toward believing that President Trump's campaign did, indeed, collude with the Russians.

Tang Fung Chin was forced out of her apartment in Seattle's Chinatown-International District in 2015
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Once again, residents are being forced out of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. More than a century ago, a wave of anti-Chinese violence hit the West Coast. Hundreds of Chinese workers were made to leave Seattle by ship.

Then came World War II, when thousands of Japanese Americans were taken away.


Updated at 4:55 a.m. ET

Republican Greg Gianforte won the special election for Montana's lone congressional seat on Thursday despite an election eve misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly body-slamming a reporter.

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Housing activist Jon Grant wants to replace departing Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgesss and, like most candidates in Seattle this year, affordability is his top issue.

"We can no longer let the market dictate to us what is acceptable in terms of our housing market" Grant said.

Mayoral candidates Jenny Durkan, Mike McGinn, Cary Moon and Nikkita Oliver.
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With incumbent Mayor Ed Murray dropping out, a full score plus one of candidates are now in the race to be Seattle's next mayor.

President Donald Trump at speaking at the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference in February.
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Bill Radke talks to Phil Ewing, NPR's National Security editor, about the latest in the investigation into the Trump campaign's connections to Russia in the 2016 election.  

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant announces her endorsements for Seattle mayor and council races at the Yesler Community Center, May 17, 2017.
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Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant is endorsing candidates for the 2017 election. The lone Socialist on the City Council said she’s supporting Nikkita Oliver and Jon Grant in their respective campaigns for city hall. Both candidates pledged not to take any corporate money during their campaigns.

Bernie Sanders supporter wears camouflage shirt to a Sanders rally at the Key Arena, March 20, 2016.
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Bernie Sanders may endorse a candidate in the Seattle mayor's race.

We can't confirm who, but Sander’s group Our Revolution tells KUOW that it's taking a look at Seattle.

Monday marks the start of candidate filing week in Washington state. It’s the week when people running for public office must file with the secretary of state’s office. But one political contest is already underway in a big way.

Jenny Durkan
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The Seattle mayor’s race just got another seismic shake-up.

Jenny Durkan is in the Seattle mayor’s race. The official kick-off was Friday.

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Mayor Ed Murray drops his reelection bid, clearing the way for a wide-open race for Seattle's next mayor. 

Democrats call for a special prosecutor to investigate President Trump after he fires FBI director James Comey.

Opponents of a proposed safe-injection site for heroin users in King County launch a campaign to ban it before it can happen.

And the Kent School District cancels an international trip over concerns that undocumented students might not be able to participate.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announces he will not run for re-election. He was flanked by supporters and officials at the Alki Beach Bathhouse on Tuesday.
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said Tuesday he will not run for re-election as he deals with a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Updated at 10 a.m. ET Monday

Emmanuel Macron — an independent centrist who has never held elected office — has won a resounding victory over far-right, nationalist Marine Le Pen in the most important French presidential race in decades.

According to the French Interior Ministry and multiple news outlets, Macron won with near 66 percent of the vote over Le Pen's just over 34 percent.

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET.

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday defended his decision to tell Congress in October that he was revisiting the bureau's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said he believed revisiting the investigation just before the election — knowing it could affect the outcome — would be really bad, but that not to do so would be catastrophic for the agency's independence. In retrospect, he said, he still believes he made the right choice.

Updated at 11:20 p.m. ET

In her most frank remarks to date after her loss to President Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said that if not for a controversial letter from FBI Director James Comey and Russian meddling in the election, she would be sitting in the Oval Office right now.

People at a women's march on Seattle's Capitol Hill on Dec. 3.
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A new Republican president takes office. Half the nation is appalled.

But we're not talking about Donald Trump.


A special election in Kansas on Tuesday has Republicans sounding worried about an enthusiasm gap in the Trump era.

Trump himself was apparently worried enough that he cut a robo call for Republican state party Treasurer Ron Estes.

ballot drop box ballot box
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The Washington state Senate has approved a bill to move the presidential primary election to March from May.

This ballot's stamp game is on point.
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An experiment to make voting easier in King County was a success.

King County elections officials included pre-paid postage on all ballots during the small, special election in February. That election included issues only in Maple Valley and Shoreline.

For years, parents have been warning their college-age children to be careful what they post on social media.

Now, one young candidate is learning this important lesson the hard way — everything you post can and will be used against you in politics.

Right now people who want to cast a ballot in Oregon have to register at least three weeks in advance. But a state senator wants voters to be able to register right up until one day before an election.

President Donald Trump wants a “major investigation” into voter fraud during the 2016 election. But Washington Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Wednesday that she’s seen no evidence of illegal voting.

This week, Donald Trump told members of Congress that he would have won the popular vote, were it not for 3 to 5 million votes cast against him by "illegals." And when asked about it at the Tuesday press briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer affirmed that "the president does believe that."

But there is no evidence.

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