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Photo courtesy of the Washington State Senate Democrats: Bob Hasegawa has represented the 11th District since 2005, first in the state House of Representatives, and since 2012 in the state Senate.
Photo courtesy of the Washington State Senate Democrats: Bob Hasegawa has represented the 11th District since 2005, first in the state House of Representatives, and since 2012 in the state Senate.
Friday, July 14, 2017 10:17 AM
Year in and year out, few things have been more reliably consistent in Olympia than the efforts of state Sen. Bob Hasegawa to pass legislation that would establish a state bank in Washington.
  • FairVote-WA campaigning for ranked-choice voting in Seattle

    FairVote-WA founding member Colin Cole says the 2017 primary election in Seattle is a perfect example for why the city should switch over to ranked-choice voting.
    “We had 21 candidates running for an open seat,” he said, “picking just one candidate was not a very easy prospect for some.”

  • Students advancing conversations about consent
    Washington Congresswoman Suzan DelBene says the United States is at a point in time where conversations about sexual harassment and consent are critically important, and on Friday she thanked two members of Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council for doing that work with their peers in schools around the region.
  • Attorneys general grade Constitutional Stress Test

    Two attorneys general took the stage in Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium on Thursday night.
    One opposed an order by Richard Nixon to fire the special prosecutor investigating the former president, which resulted in his firing.The other was Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has, so far, sued the current administration 19 times since Donald Trump assumed the presidency. Five of those cases have been decided, he said.

  • Clinton gets into "What Happened"

    Those damn emails.
    Not only has that been a consistent refrain of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the year since she lost to Donald Trump, it’s also a chapter in her new bestseller, “What Happened.”

  • Strong early leads in Seattle general election races
    Several progressive candidates in Seattle took large leads over their opponents Tuesday night at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill.
  • Updated: Durkan to be Seattle's next mayor
    While Jenny Durkan gave her victory speech on Tuesday night, after clinching 60.62 percent of the vote for Seattle mayor, challenger Cary Moon wasn’t ready to concede defeat.
  • Update: Complaints on both sides
    With less than a week left before the general election, Seattle mayoral candidates Cary Moon and Jenny Durkan are now attacking each other through complaints about campaign finance violations.
  • Jayapal does math on Trump tax reform plan

    The way Rep. Pramila Jayapal sees it; the tax reform effort being pushed by the Trump administration isn’t really a tax plan at all.
    Instead, “it is the tax giveaways for the wealthiest plan.”

  • Johanknecht aims to unseat Urquhart as King County Sheriff

    Five years ago, John Urquhart made history as the first person to defeat an incumbent to become King County Sheriff.
    Mitzi Johanknecht wants to be the second.

  • City attorney defends record against challenger's criticism
    Accusations of financial carelessness, a strained relationship with police and ineffectiveness in the courtroom have marked the contentious race for city attorney between two-term incumbent Pete Holmes and challenger Scott Lindsay.
  • Seattle School Board candidates stomp the yard
    Tense moments punctuated a forum hosted by the Uptown Alliance on Tuesday night featuring five of the six candidates for Seattle School Board.
  • Seattle candidates talk human services
    The Seattle Human Services Coalition brought candidates for mayor, city council and city attorney together Wednesday to discuss ways they would work to help the homeless and curb racial and social inequity most greatly affecting low-income residents.
  • One-on-one
    One of the biggest issues the incoming mayor will face is housing affordability and homelessness. That was the topic of the first general election mayoral debate between candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
  • Oliver says city has funding to take on pressing challenges

    When Nikkita Oliver entered the mayor’s race in March, she and the newly formed Peoples Party of Seattle did so against an incumbent that many thought was well positioned for a second term. 
    “We got into the race when everyone said the incumbent was undefeatable,” she said.

  • Putting Seattle in statewide context

    Leaving her position as a state representative was a difficult decision for Jessyn Farrell.
    “I have loved being in the Legislature, and I have loved the opportunity to serve the residents of the 46th District,” she said, “but I have also been seeing really significant changes coming to my district.”

  • Durkan boasts executive experience in mayoral race
    For Jenny Durkan, the election of Donald Trump made it “very clear” to the former U.S. Attorney that “the hope of America was going to be here locally.”
  • Several major national publications have featured articles in recent weeks addressing the increase in Seattle’s minimum wage. The concern seems to be how the increase to an eventual $15 an hour may affect the local economy. Will small businesses be able to afford this change? Will it contribute to a higher unemployment rate?
  • Moon hopes to stand out with public, private work, activism
    Cary Moon will be the first name on the ballot for mayor in the August primary, winning the draw for the top slot in the field of 21 candidates.
    It’s a bit of good fortune for the urban planner and activist, as she makes her first run for public office.
  • Candidate Jeopardy
    As opposed to a standard candidate forum, Seattle Mayoral and City Council Position 8 candidates came to play Candidate Jeopardy at The Summit on Pike in Capitol Hill on June 14. Seattle Weekly, the Neighborhood Action Coalition and American Muslim Empowerment Network (MAPS-AMEN), among other community organizations, worked to put on this volunteer-run and driven forum.
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