Election 2013 http://kplu.org en SeaTac Voters OK $15 Minimum Wage, Opponents Request Recount http://kplu.org/post/seatac-voters-ok-15-minimum-wage-opponents-request-recount <p>Voters in the city of SeaTac have approved a $15 minimum wage, but opponents have already requested a recount.&nbsp;</p><p>Proposition 1 passed by a slim margin of 77 votes out of 6,003 votes cast.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But even before the ballots were certified Tuesday, the group&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Common Sense </span>SeaTac&nbsp;called for a recount<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in the hotly-contested initiative. The group&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is supported by Alaska Airlines, rental car companies and airport baggage-handling businesses.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:34:41 +0000 Ashley Gross 11306 at http://kplu.org SeaTac Voters OK $15 Minimum Wage, Opponents Request Recount Seattle Public Campaign Financing Gaining in Vote Tally http://kplu.org/post/seattle-public-campaign-financing-gaining-vote-tally <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s the possibility of another election turnaround.</span></p><p>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.</p><p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Paula Wissel 11141 at http://kplu.org Seattle Public Campaign Financing Gaining in Vote Tally Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race http://kplu.org/post/conlin-concedes-socialist-sawant-seattle-council-race <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Veteran four-term Seattle City Council member Richard </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Conlin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has conceded to Socialist challenger </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kshama</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sawant</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Unfortunately, it appears that my opponent has received a greater number of votes,” </span>Conlin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said in a written statement Friday. “I hope that she will serve the people of Seattle effectively during her time in office.”</span></p><p> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Martha Kang & Florangela Davila & Manuel Valdes 11107 at http://kplu.org Conlin Concedes to Socialist Sawant in Seattle Council Race Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results http://kplu.org/post/why-were-seeing-such-wild-swings-election-results <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:28:20 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 11047 at http://kplu.org Why We're Seeing Such Wild Swings in Election Results SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Passing by Just 43 Votes http://kplu.org/post/seatac-minimum-wage-initiative-passing-just-43-votes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The voter initiative to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour for airport and hotel workers in </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is still undecided.</span></p><p>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.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 02:40:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11029 at http://kplu.org SeaTac Minimum Wage Initiative Passing by Just 43 Votes Socialist Sawant Takes Lead Over Conlin in Seattle Council Race http://kplu.org/post/socialist-sawant-takes-lead-over-conlin-seattle-council-race <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Socialist candidate has taken the lead as an updated ballot count was released on Tuesday afternoon in a close Seattle City Council race.</span></p><p>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.</p><p>“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.</p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:34:17 +0000 The Associated Press & Paula Wissel 11025 at http://kplu.org Socialist Sawant Takes Lead Over Conlin in Seattle Council Race Problematic Ballots May Decide Fate of SeaTac's $15 Wage http://kplu.org/post/problematic-ballots-may-decide-fate-seatacs-15-wage <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Dozens of problematic ballots may determine the fate of an initiative to establish a $15 minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>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.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:28:16 +0000 Mike Baker & Bellamy Pailthorp 11013 at http://kplu.org Problematic Ballots May Decide Fate of SeaTac's $15 Wage Ed Murray Resigns from Senate Leadership Role http://kplu.org/post/ed-murray-resigns-senate-leadership-role <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Sen. Ed Murray has resigned as leader of the Senate Democrats following his election as mayor of Seattle.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>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.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:41:18 +0000 The Associated Press 10932 at http://kplu.org Ed Murray Resigns from Senate Leadership Role Dale Estey Concedes to Peters in Seattle School Board Race http://kplu.org/post/dale-estey-concedes-peters-seattle-school-board-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle school board candidate Suzanne Dale </span>Estey<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has conceded to her&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">opponent Sue Peters in one of the costliest campaigns in local history.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peters said Dale </span>Estey<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;called her Wednesday night to congratulate her.</span></p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 01:41:46 +0000 Florangela Davila 10918 at http://kplu.org Dale Estey Concedes to Peters in Seattle School Board Race McGinn Concedes Defeat in Seattle Mayor's Race http://kplu.org/post/mcginn-concedes-defeat-seattle-mayors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seattle Mayor Mike&nbsp;</span>McGinn<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has conceded his run for re-election, and called his successor, Ed Murray.</span></p><p>McGinn’s&nbsp;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.</p><p>“I may have to question my tactics and how I played it,” said&nbsp;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.”</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:09:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10898 at http://kplu.org McGinn Concedes Defeat in Seattle Mayor's Race Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-voters-reject-gmo-labeling-initiative <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Voters in Washington state have rejected a ballot measure requiring mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The campaign over Initiative 522 drew millions of dollars from out of state and was one of the costliest initiative fights in state history.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:38:03 +0000 The Associated Press 10888 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Voters Reject GMO Labeling Initiative SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead http://kplu.org/post/seatacs-15-minimum-wage-initiative-maintains-lead <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">An initiative to create a $15 minimum wage for many </span>SeaTac<span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> workers is maintaining a narrow lead.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>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.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:33:44 +0000 The Associated Press 10889 at http://kplu.org SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Initiative Maintains Lead Murray Defeats McGinn in Seattle Mayor's Race http://kplu.org/post/murray-defeats-mcginn-seattle-mayors-race <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The leader of Washington state's successful effort to legalize gay marriage is Seattle's next mayor.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Updated election results Wednesday night show state Sen. Ed Murray has 56 percent of the vote.</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:20:15 +0000 The Associated Press 10885 at http://kplu.org Murray Defeats McGinn in Seattle Mayor's Race Coal Issue Apparently Decisive in Whatcom County Council Races http://kplu.org/post/coal-issue-apparently-decisive-whatcom-county-council-races <p>Environmentalists are celebrating an apparent victory in Whatcom County where controversy over a proposed coal terminal seems to have tipped the balance of power.</p><p>Four candidates backed by the Seattle-based Washington Conservation Voters appear to be winning. They<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;are incumbents Ken Mann and Carl Weimer, and challengers Barry Buchanan and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rud</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Browne.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 23:14:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10881 at http://kplu.org Coal Issue Apparently Decisive in Whatcom County Council Races Two Dead Candidates Get Majority of Votes in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/two-dead-candidates-get-majority-votes-wash <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Two candidates in separate races in Washington state are winning in Tuesday's election despite being dead.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>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.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:15:24 +0000 The Associated Press 10872 at http://kplu.org