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A California billionaire has pumped $400,000 into the race for a single seat in the Washington state senate. Out-of-state businesses and political groups have poured tens of thousands into the election as well.

I have a story on All Things Considered Wednesday (click on the audio link above to hear it) about the campaign to put labels on food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The idea is gaining ground in the Northeast — Maine and Connecticut passed labeling laws this summer, though they won't take effect unless more states do the same. And GMO labeling is on the ballot this November in Washington state.

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One of the hottest races on Seattle’s fall ballot isn't for mayor or city council, but a seat on the Seattle School Board.

As voters in Washington state prepare to vote on whether to require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, the state’s attorney general sued an industry group for violating campaign finance laws.

KUOW Photo/Amy Radil, Lynne Robinson's Facebook page.

During the fight over light rail, Bellevue was described as having a conservative majority on the city council. Those members challenged Sound Transit’s light rail route and Bellevue’s share of the cost.

But then long-time incumbent Don Davidson lost in the August primary, leaving two more liberal candidates in the runoff for his seat: Lynne Robinson and Vandana Slatter.

Although city council races are nonpartisan, both candidates sought the endorsement of the King County Democrats.

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A new poll is out in the Seattle mayor’s race, and it doesn’t bode well for the incumbent.

The SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by Seattle TV station King 5, was conducted just after the first televised debate between Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray last week.

Of the 557 likely voters reached by phone, 52 percent said they would vote for Murray if the election were held today, 32 percent said they would vote for McGinn.

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Light rail has been a contentious issue for the Bellevue City Council in recent years, with members divided on the project. Now the Eastside’s light rail line is in final design and no longer in doubt. But those light rail disputes are still campaign fodder for incumbent Kevin Wallace and his challenger Steve Kasner, one of three races for the council that will be taking place in November.

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In coming weeks, Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin will be working hard to secure votes, as he faces a serious challenger: Socialist Kshama Sawant, a Mumbai-educated economics professor who has focused on the $15 minimum wage, which Conlin doesn’t support.

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In a city of like-minded politicians it can be tough to tell the policy differences between candidates running for office. But incumbent city councilman Mike O’Brien and challenger Albert Shen have strong disagreements, including how to build more affordable housing.

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Seattle's international reputation has been burnished by the city's thriving technology industries, by the hip independent music scene, and even by the ubiquity of Starbucks. But 100 years before latte vendors squatted on every city corner, Seattle was a thriving maritime hub. It still is.

It’s the hottest issue on Washington’s fall ballot: an initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. But Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, says he hasn’t decided how he’ll vote on Initiative 522.

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

A continuing political fight over the nation's new health care law leads to a partial shutdown of the federal government, the first in 17 years. Washington state's health care exchange gets off to a glitchy start online. We check in on the race for Seattle mayor with just over one month to go before the November 5 election. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank seeks help coping with the strange discomfort of having two undefeated football teams in town.

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Yesterday, a group of nightclub and bar owners endorsed Ed Murray for mayor. Nightclub owners have worked a lot with current Mayor Mike McGinn. 

McGinn lobbied the liquor control board to extend late night hours and his nightlife initiative was designed to bring club owners into discussion with police and neighbors over issues of public safety, noise and transportation.

In fact, many of the club owners endorsing Murray actually voted for McGinn in the last election. Dave Meinert is one of them. He’s been involved with nightlife in Seattle for years as an investor at The Crocodile, a manager of bands, owner of the 5 Point Café in Belltown, and founder of the Capitol Hill Block Party.

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Correction 10/10/2013: This story has been changed to clarify candidate Vandana Slatter’s position on light rail and differs from the audio.

Bellevue has three City Council races on the ballot this fall. The candidates for those races say they have ideas to help Bellevue manage future growth and to make the downtown feel less like “an airport terminal.” They spoke at a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Bellevue Downtown Association.

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Opponents of genetic labels on food just got a $5 million boost. The donation from the Grocery Manufacturers Association sends the No on 522 campaign into the record books. More money is going against the genetic labeling initiative than against any other ballot measure in Washington history.

The No on 522 campaign has amassed a war chest of $17.2 million.

With its latest $5 million check, the Grocery Manufacturers Association rockets past agribusiness giant Monsanto Co. as the campaign’s biggest donor.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented his 2014 budget proposal yesterday. In a speech before the Seattle City Council, he outlined a plan to boost spending for a host of government programs — from police staffing to universal preschool.

McGinn said the city is in a position to spend more because tax revenues are coming in stronger than expected. “Construction remains strong, our sales tax and real estate excise tax are exceeding forecasts," he said. "That means we can make new investments in our people and our infrastructure.”

Nine men and one woman from Washington state made this year's list of American billionaires, recently updated by Forbes magazine.

The group of 10 had an oversized influence on Washington state politics in 2012. But so far this year, the billionaires are mostly sitting on the sidelines.

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The Monsanto Co. has jumped into Washington state politics in a big way.

With a check for nearly $4.6 million, the St. Louis-based Fortune 500 company has more than doubled the money raised by opponents of Initiative 522, which would require labeling genetically modified foods.

The No on 522 campaign has now raised about $7.9 million, giving it a $3.5 million advantage over backers of the measure to label GMO foods.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially launched his fall campaign Monday with a series of new attacks against his opponent, state Senator Ed Murray.

Standing before a sea of supporters on a street corner in Ballard, McGinn outlined the accomplishments of his first four years and took aim at Murray’s legislative record in Olympia.

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The latest campaign filings show state Senator Ed Murray outpacing incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn in contributions for the Seattle mayor’s race. But at a campaign forum Wednesday night, Murray seemed anxious to escape any criticism of being the big money candidate.

Your Take On The News

Aug 9, 2013

It's Friday: time to talk over the week's news with Crosscut writer Knute Berger, Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas and Publicola news editor Erica C. Barnett. Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn and state senator Ed Murray emerged from the pack this week in the mayoral primary. What could a McGinn-Murray race end up looking like? Who were the other winners and losers in Tuesday's primary? We'll have a comprehensive wrap-up of the primary. This week also saw Amazon founder Jeff Bezos buy the Washington Post. What could this mean for the future of journalism? What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts by writing to Weekday.

The Final Countdown: McGinn Vs. Murray In November Election

Aug 7, 2013

Incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray are on top in the primary election for mayor of Seattle. Ross Reynolds talks to Ed Murray, the top vote-getter last night. We also hear from KUOW’s David Hyde, who was at Mayor McGinn’s election party last night.

Primary Results, And Being Allowed To Die

Aug 7, 2013
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Primary Results
We reflect on the results of yesterday’s primary. What happened? How do the results affect the November election? Call us with your reaction at 206.543.5869.

Being Allowed To Die: A Case Study On When To Remove A Ventilator
Imagine having to decide when to remove an injured loved one from a ventilator.  Some of you have had to make that decision and doctors have to make it too.  Every situation is unique and it’s not simply a medical decision. It can be ethical and emotional too. Jim deMaine is a retired pulmonary and critical care doctor who frequently gives talks to patients about planning for end-of-life issues.  He joins us to talk about two patients who wanted to be taken off the ventilator and allowed to die.

On The Job: Avain Vet
Parrots, like all pets, need to check-ups and that means a trip to the Avian Vet.  As part of our “On the Job” series, Katy Sewall visited the Bird & Exotic Clinic of Seattle.

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UPDATE: 8/7/13, 1:13 p.m. PT

Peter Steinbrueck, who was trailing Ed Murray and Mike McGinn in the Seattle mayor’s primary this morning, spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on Weekday today and conceded the race.

Top Four Issues In The Seattle Mayor’s Race

Aug 5, 2013
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Tomorrow is primary day and candidates are drumming up as many last-minute votes as they can. Publicola’s Erica C. Barnett compares the candidates for mayor of Seattle.

Primary Election Time: How Are You Voting?

Jul 29, 2013
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Ballots are out for the August primary election. How are you voting? Seattle voters will decide on city council and school board positions, a parks levy, and which two candidates will face off in November’s mayoral race. Ballots are due back in the mail or an official ballot return box by August 6. Ross Reynolds talks to callers about what’s on the ballot and how they’ll be voting.

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Seattle School Board Elections
Six candidates are vying for two seats. The top 2 candidates in each district will advance to the general election in November. KUOW's education reporter Ann Dornfeld reports.

Writer Susan Orlean
Susan Orlean spends a lot of time working on her nonfiction. She spent ten years researching her most recent book “Rin Tin Tin.” What does it mean to devote yourself to a subject, almost to the point of obsession? We listen back to our conversation with Susan Orlean about her process and her passions.

Radio Retrospective: Radio Gets Involved In Hollywood
Last week, we looked at how Hollywood actors fared on the radio. Today we take a look at how radio adapted to the big screen. Movie stars often wandered off the mic during radio dramas because they were used to moving. Radio stars were the opposite. They were often too rigid, and had trouble working with props and delivering their lines simultaneously. Adapting radio scripts for feature length movies was another challenge. Did any radio-based skill succeed in film?

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. Prefer to cook for yourself? She also has a pick for a great cookbook!

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King County wants to renew its parks levy on the August 6 primary ballot. The package would continue current maintenance, and include new money for open space and trail construction.

If it’s approved, the levy would generate $396 million dollars in property taxes over six years. It would cost property tax payers almost 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – for the owner of a $300,000 home that comes to $56 dollars per year.


 

This week on KUOW, Weekday and The Conversation heard from all of the nine mayoral candidates. A new KING 5 poll was also released this week that has state senator Ed Murray pulling ahead in the race. Mayor of Seattle isn't the only position on the August ballot; Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas and Joni Balter give analysis on the other city and county issues on the 2013 ballot.

Also this Saturday is Bertha's last day on the waterfront, and Texas passes its controversial abortion bill. What stories caught your attention? Share your thoughts with the panel by emailing Weekday.  

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.

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