Election 2013

living wage initative
12:34 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

SeaTac Voters OK $15 Minimum Wage, Opponents Request Recount

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, skycap Biniyam Yehuala hefts a traveler's bag at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Voters in the city of SeaTac have approved a $15 minimum wage, but opponents have already requested a recount. 

Proposition 1 passed by a slim margin of 77 votes out of 6,003 votes cast. But even before the ballots were certified Tuesday, the group Common Sense SeaTac called for a recount in the hotly-contested initiative. The group is supported by Alaska Airlines, rental car companies and airport baggage-handling businesses.

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Seattle Public Campaign Financing Gaining in Vote Tally

This image shows the tally as of Monday, Nov. 18, 2013.

There’s the possibility of another election turnaround.

First there was Kshama Sawant’s dramatic post-election night come-from-behind win over Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin. Now, supporters of Seattle Proposition 1 hope it’s their turn.

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Election 2013
5:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race

Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard Conlin has conceded to Socialist challenger Kshama Sawant.

“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” Conlin said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”

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Election 2013
3:28 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results

In this photo taken Nov. 4, 2013, Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council Kshama Sawant, right, speaks outside City Council chambers in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Several races have swung wildly since the first vote count on Election Day, and it may be because campaigns are getting the hang of Washington’s all-mail elections.

University of Washington political scientist Matt Barreto said it’s not uncommon for races to swing a percentage point or two in the days after election night, but not much more than that.

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Election 2013
6:40 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Passing by Just 43 Votes

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, wheelchair attendants Erick Conley, left, and Sesilia Vaitele assist a pair of passengers heading to an overseas flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The voter initiative to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour for airport and hotel workers in SeaTac is still undecided.

The initiative was passing by just 43 votes on Tuesday afternoon. And activists say they don’t expect a clear outcome before Thanksgiving due to hundreds of contested ballots in a relatively small electorate. 

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Election 2013
4:34 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Socialist Sawant Takes Lead Over Conlin in Seattle Council Race

FILE - In this photo taken Aug. 1, 2013, Seattle City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, right, speaks with a restaurant worker during a demonstration in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

A Socialist candidate has taken the lead as an updated ballot count was released on Tuesday afternoon in a close Seattle City Council race.

Kshama Sawant initially trailed incumbent Richard Conlin by more than 6,000 votes, but is now leading by about 40 votes—79,751 to 79,710.

“I think the results that we got today confirm that people in Seattle and, indeed, everywhere in the country are actually eager and hungry for a big political shift,” Sawant said Tuesday.

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living wage initiative
1:28 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Problematic Ballots May Decide Fate of SeaTac's $15 Wage

In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, 16-year veteran skycap Fred Harris prepares multiple baggage tags for a traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Dozens of problematic ballots may determine the fate of an initiative to establish a $15 minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac.

The ballot measure was winning by just 43 votes Tuesday as officials in King County resumed counting ballots. There are likely hundreds more votes to count due to the lengthy ballot-collection process caused by the state's vote-by-mail system.

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Election 2013
10:41 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Ed Murray Resigns from Senate Leadership Role

Ed Murray, center, poses for a photo as he visits with guests Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at a fundraising luncheon for ROOTS, a shelter for homeless youth in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren Associated Press

Sen. Ed Murray has resigned as leader of the Senate Democrats following his election as mayor of Seattle.

Murray announced Friday that while he was giving up his leadership role, he wasn't yet resigning from the Senate in order to continue to represent the 43rd District during the special session that started on Thursday.

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Education
5:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Dale Estey Concedes to Peters in Seattle School Board Race

Suzanne Dale Estey, left, and Sue Peters.

Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale Estey has conceded to her opponent Sue Peters in one of the costliest campaigns in local history. 

Peters said Dale Estey called her Wednesday night to congratulate her.

Dale Estey is the former economic development for the city of Renton. Her campaign raised nearly $100,000 more than Peters. A political action committee, Great Seattle Schools, also raised nearly $100,000 in an effort to defeat Peters.

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Politics
11:09 am
Thu November 7, 2013

McGinn Concedes Defeat in Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayor Mike McGinn prepares to concede his run for reelection.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has conceded his run for re-election, and called his successor, Ed Murray.

McGinn’s tone was relaxed and candid at the press conference held at his campaign headquarters Thursday.He offered few regrets, but acknowledged he’d made missteps in office and on the campaign trail.

“I may have to question my tactics and how I played it,” said McGinn. “To use a basketball analogy I probably dribbled the ball off my foot a couple of times when I could have made a good pass instead.”

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initiative 522
5:38 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative

Toby Talbot Associated Press

Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The campaign over Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from out of state and was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.

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living wage initiative
5:33 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead

Ashley Gross KPLU

An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many SeaTac workers is maintaining a narrow lead.

Updated vote totals released Wednesday showed the measure passing with 53 percent of the vote. Because of the city's small size, the gap is only a matter of a couple hundred votes. Since ballots only needed to be postmarked by Tuesday, more votes will be counted in the coming days.

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Election 2013
5:20 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Murray Defeats McGinn in Seattle Mayor's Race

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, center, is cheered by his husband, Michael Shiosaki, left, and former Gov. Chris Gregoire at an election night party Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

The leader of Washington state's successful effort to legalize gay marriage is Seattle's next mayor.

Updated election results Wednesday night show state Sen. Ed Murray has 56 percent of the vote.

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Election 2013
3:14 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Coal Issue Apparently Decisive in Whatcom County Council Races

Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Environmentalists are celebrating an apparent victory in Whatcom County where controversy over a proposed coal terminal seems to have tipped the balance of power.

Four candidates backed by the Seattle-based Washington Conservation Voters appear to be winning. They are incumbents Ken Mann and Carl Weimer, and challengers Barry Buchanan and Rud Browne.

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Election 2013
11:15 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Two Dead Candidates Get Majority of Votes in Wash.

Two candidates in separate races in Washington state are winning in Tuesday's election despite being dead.

In the Seattle suburb of Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in the King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.

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