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4:27 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts

Jennifer Wing KPLU

This time next year, King County's Metro Transit system could be working out the final details of eliminating 65 bus routes and other cuts in service.

The grassroots group Transit Riders Union is holding a rally on Saturday just south of the King County courthouse in Seattle. It starts at noon.

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Politics
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

A Leading Question: Ed Murray's Approach to Winning Gay Rights

Ashley Gross KPLU

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Ed Murray’s Capitol Hill office is on the same block as the Gay City LGBT library. Inside hangs a sign that says "March with Ed in Pride."

Murray wants to be Seattle’s first openly gay mayor. So maybe it won’t surprise you that many of his leadership moments have to do with securing gay and lesbian rights after many setbacks. Take 2005, for example.

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:00 am
Thu July 25, 2013

A Leading Question: Bruce Harrell and Lessons from Family Politics

Bruce Harrell stands in front of his boyhood home in the Central District.
Hayat Norimine KPLU

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Bruce Harrell put his campaign headquarters all of three blocks from the house he grew up in, in the Central District. Striding down 23rd Avenue, it's clear his history here is thick. Over and over he gestures toward a house. That's Mr. Buchanan's house, he says, and Mr. Carter's, Mrs. Young's.  

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:25 am
Wed July 24, 2013

A Leading Question: Doug McQuaid and His Pivotal Moments

Doug McQuaid as seen reflected in a favorite wooden sculpture that's in his West Seattle office. The sculpture? An homage to the bronze Rachel the Pig at Pike Place Market. McQuaid purchased his sculpture at a Market fundraising auction.
Florangela Davila

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

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immigration
5:09 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Sheriff Urges King Co. to Honor Fewer Immigration Detainers

King County’s sheriff says he’s concerned that people in immigrant communities are afraid to call the police for fear of getting deported. That’s why he’s supporting a measure to limit the county’s cooperation with federal detention requests. 

The main way that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, finds people who are here illegally is through the criminal justice system. Local jails are now required to turn over fingerprint data to the FBI, which shares it with ICE. 

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Tue July 23, 2013

A Leading Question: Kate Martin and the Greenwood Bog

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Out of all the candidates running in the 2013 mayoral primary, no one has known incumbent Mike McGinn longer than Kate Martin. The two of them were on the Greenwood Community Council together for almost 10 years. Even though she calls him "Mike," you wouldn't really call them friends.

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voter turnout
10:43 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Low Voter Turnout Forecast for August Primary

Office of the Secretary of State

Listen to the story.

It's that time of year when life slows down a bit, people go on vacation and they study the voters' guide for the summer primary. What? An election in August?  Yes, Aug. 6 to be exact. Because it's an off-year election with no presidential or gubernatorial candidates in the running, voter participation is predicted to be low.

Matt Barreto, an associate political science professor at the University of Washington, says the lack of interest could be caused by "voter fatigue."

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cost of informaton
2:46 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

State's Advisory Tax Vote Guides Could Cost $240K

FILE - A voter walks toward an empty bank of voting stations at a polling place Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2008.
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

Washington’s fall voters’ guide may be 20 pages longer and cost nearly a quarter-million dollars more to publish.

That’s because of a voter-approved requirement that all tax hikes appear on the ballot for an advisory vote. This year there will be five of these non-binding ballot measures.

Katie Blinn with Washington’s secretary of state’s office says each advisory vote requires four pages in the voters’ pamphlet.

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Road construction mishap
8:01 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

State says defective support caused lumber to fly off Tacoma viaduct

On June 29th, a defective wood support beam collapsed on the Nalley Valley Viaduct project.
Joe Bushnell

The Washington State Department of Transportation has now figured out what caused construction lumber to fall off the Highway 16 Nalley Valley Viaduct project and smash onto South Tacoma Way on June 29th.

As KPLU reported, the falling lumber barely missed landing on a man on a moped.

WSDOT says the contractor has now determined that the cause was a defective four-by-six wood support beam, which collapsed spilling the construction lumber onto the roadway below.

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recall election
5:24 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Recall of Pacific mayor certified

FILE - Pacific Mayor Cy Sun, left, is seen signing his oath of office with Pacific City Clerk Jane Montgomery.
City of Pacific

The small city of Pacific, Wash., on the King-Pierce county line has been told that the results of a recent election recalling Mayor Cy Sun have been certified.

City Councilman James McMahan is the new acting mayor. He said in a statement that the City Council planned to meet Tuesday evening to begin the process of appointing a new mayor. The council intends to only consider nominations of current council members.

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Legalized marijuana
3:48 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Patrick Kennedy launches local marijuana education group

This photo shows former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy.
Jeff Meade

Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, is wading into Washington state’s marijuana legalization process. He’s opening a local chapter of his group that aims to educate people about the health risks of the drug.

Kennedy has struggled in the past with addiction to alcohol and prescription painkillers. And he’s admitted using marijuana in the past before learning about the health risks of today’s more potent cannabis.

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4th of July
12:01 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Tacoma man the reason we stand for Star Spangled Banner

Paula Wissel

It seems as much a part of a trip to the ballpark as eating hotdogs.

But, when you hear the announcer say, "Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and remove your caps for the singing of the national anthem," do you ever wonder why you're standing?

As we discovered, you'll find the answer on an obscure plaque in the city of Tacoma.

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Road construction mishap
3:49 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

WSDOT unsure why lumber flew off Tacoma viaduct site onto road

Broken plywood, on which four-by-fours were stored, as seen from under the bridge.
Joe Bushnell

The Washington state Department of Transportation is trying to figure out what went wrong on Saturday when dozens of pieces of construction lumber on the Nalley Valley viaduct project on Highway 16 came loose and fell onto the roadway below, smashing into pieces as drivers watched in disbelief. 

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same-sex marriage
9:11 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Same-sex marriage rulings greeted with excitement in Washington

FILE - Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen receive the first marriage licenses issued by King County to a same-sex couple in December 2012.
Paula Wissel KPLU

Many people in Washington state are reacting with excitement to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and reinstated the right for gays and lesbians in California to marry. 

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small-town Politics
4:58 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Tiny town of Pacific back in the news spotlight with mayoral recall

Pacific Mayor Cy Sun, left, is seen signing his oath of office with Pacific City Clerk Jane Montgomery.
City of Pacific

Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday in the recall election of Mayor Cy Sun in the tiny town of Pacific. It’s a story that almost sounds like a sitcom about small-town politics gone awry. 

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