This election, Seattle residents have the opportunity to change the way they are represented by the city government. Charter Amendment 19 on the ballot would change the look of the City Council – instead of all nine members being elected at large to represent the whole city, voters would elect seven of those members by the districts they live in. The two remaining seats would continue to be elected by a citywide vote.
The Record’s Marcie Sillman sat down with an advocate from each side of the issue: Marjorie Rhodes from Choices, Not Districts; and Eugene Wasserman from Seattle Districts Now.
When you fill out your ballot in the coming days, you should know that the people you elect to the Seattle City Council might just stay there for a long time.
That’s because Seattle City Council incumbents rarely lose. In fact, only five incumbents have lost in the last 20 years. And three of those were elected in the wake of a 2003 scandal in which strip club operators illegally gave campaign money to council members.
Initiative 517 is an initiative on initiatives, designed to make it easier to qualify initiatives for the ballot. I-517 would expand the time allotted to gather signatures for initiatives, as well as increase the areas where gatherers can go. It would also make it a crime to interfere, inhibit or restrict gatherers and require a public vote on any local initiative that qualifies — even if there is a legal challenge.
Steve Scher talks with both sides of the initiative in a live debate: Kai Huschke, an organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, and Representative Marko Liias from Washington’s 21st district.
US Senator Patty Murray at a press conference at Seattle Jewish Service
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang
From left, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., outline their approach to tackling the nation’s debt problems.
US Senator Patty Murray made her budget priorities clear at a Seattle food bank on Wednesday: She wants to preserve federal programs that affect the poor, such as Head Start, federal housing assistance and food stamps.
This November voters in the city of Seattle will have a chance to decide whether or not City Council races should be publicly funded. Proposition 1 would create a program that funnels public money to candidates who decide to opt in to the program. To qualify, prospective candidates have to receive donations of at least $10 from 600 voters. If they do, they will receive six public dollars for every one dollar they raise up to $210,000 dollars.
Political junkies may remember the 2012 Democratic Party Convention keynote speech given by San Antonio mayor Julian Castro. Many observers speculate that Castro and his twin brother Joaquin Catro, a Texas Congressman, will be part of the vanguard that leads Democrats back to power in the Lone Star State. Mayor Castro talks Texas and D.C. politics with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has gotten his wish: A list of donors to a political action committee created to fight Initiative 522, which, if passed, would require the labeling of foods containing genetically modified products.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association established its PAC on Thursday, the day after Ferguson filed suit against the association for failing to release its donor list.
Inmate Joshua Burgoyne, 31, watches Sgt. Mike Acree explain how negative self talk can be turned around. The program for offenders in long term isolation is an attempt to help lower infractions while in prison and when they're released.
For prison’s toughest inmates, the hardest yoga position is simply closing their eyes.
That’s because these men, housed at Monroe Correctional Complex north of Seattle, have been in solitary confinement, unable to communicate with each other. Until recently, they spent 23 hours a day alone in a cell, without books, without TV, without anyone to talk to.
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie debates Democratic challenger Barbara Buono at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Tuesday. Christie's decision not to fight gay marriage in the state takes away an issue Buono had been campaigning hard on.
Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 4:35 am
Republican Chris Christie's decision Monday to drop his administration's legal challenge to same-sex marriage made perfect sense for the governor of New Jersey,
But for the potential 2016 presidential candidate, whose path would presumably start in Iowa — where the Republican Party is dominated by social conservatives — the calculation is a bit more complicated.
Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa's powerful evangelical conservative, put it bluntly Monday.
Pierce Murphy is the new civilian director for Seattle Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability. Both SPD and OPA have been under tight scrutiny since a Department of Justice's 2011 investigation found evidence of biased policing and unlawful use of force. Murphy says his first task is restoring credibility for the OPA. Marcie Sillman talks with Murphy.
A Syrian deputy prime minister has said this week that peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition forces could begin next month in Geneva. The United States and Russia have not yet set a date for the talks however, and a spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon could not confirm the dates reported in Syrian state media.