Category Archives: Civics

Biden Leading Sanders in Washington Primary

by Emerald Staff

(Updated 3/12/20 at 4:56pm)


What a difference four years makes. Yesterday was the first consequential presidential primary in Washington, but there were no big victory parties. Watch parties were cancelled because of the COVID-19, the coronavirus, the candidates were thousands of miles away, and initial results were not resounding. With 585,542 votes tallied – amounting to 43.60% of registered voters – Joe Biden has taken a slim lead over Bernie Sanders, according to King County Elections data: Continue reading Biden Leading Sanders in Washington Primary

CENSUS 2020: What Everyone Needs to Know

by Kamna Shastri


It is 2020 and with the beginning of a new decade comes time to take official count of our nation’s population. Census 2020 has been in the news for a few years now with special concerns over immigration status and citizenship being raised under the Trump administration’s attempts to add a citizenship question to the Census. Here are some basics to understand what the census is, why it matters, and what you need to do. Continue reading CENSUS 2020: What Everyone Needs to Know

Attorney and Activist David Hackney Announcing Run for District 11 Seat

by Chetanya Robinson


Attorney and activist David Hackney will announce today his run for Position 1 Representative in Washington’s 11th District, a seat held by incumbent Zack Hudgins. Both men are Democrats, as are Position 2 Representative Steve Bergquist and Senator Bob Hasegawa, the other legislators representing District 11. The District encompasses south Beacon Hill, South Park, Georgetown, Tukwila, and small parts of Kent and Renton. Continue reading Attorney and Activist David Hackney Announcing Run for District 11 Seat

Warren Gets Warm Welcome, Intro by South Seattleite, Ahead of Washington Primary

by Emerald Staff


Long lines formed early Saturday afternoon for Elizabeth Warren’s evening appearance at the Seattle Center. The ethnic and age diverse crowd filled the Center’s Armory to capacity – including a significant number of dads and young daughters.

Hundreds of additional supporters were redirected to the closed circuit screens in Fisher Pavilion; those supporters were treated to a few minutes with Warren before she hit the main stage. Warren was Introduced by Toshiko Hasegawa, executive director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs and lifelong Beacon Hill resident. Continue reading Warren Gets Warm Welcome, Intro by South Seattleite, Ahead of Washington Primary

South Seattleites Weigh In On Their Picks for President

collected by Emerald Staff


March 10 is Washington’s first presidential primary election.  For the first time, our state is in play leading up to the National Democratic Convention this summer. King County Elections mailed primary ballots out this week. Voters will have nearly two weeks to cast their vote and return their stamp-free ballot to a drop box or by mail. Drop boxes will close March 10 at 8 p.m.

Today, the Emerald features essays written by South Seattle folks about why they are supporting their candidate. More essays to follow. Continue reading South Seattleites Weigh In On Their Picks for President

“Behavioral Health” Bill Set for Likely Resurrection Next Session

by Erica C Barnett


A state senate bill aimed at taking people with severe behavioral health issues off the street and putting them into involuntary treatment is off the table for this year, but its sponsor, Tacoma Republican Steve O’Ban (R-28) says he plans to resurrect it next session, because the problem of untreated mental illness and addiction isn’t going away. Continue reading “Behavioral Health” Bill Set for Likely Resurrection Next Session

What The State Legislature Could Have in Store for South Seattle

 by Chetanya Robinson


The 2020 legislative session in Olympia is a short 60 days, but advocates for immigrant rights and equity in South Seattle are pushing for a number of bills and budget requests to help defend immigrants in court, regulate facial recognition technology, improve redistricting and the census, address noise pollution, and build neighborhood projects. Continue reading What The State Legislature Could Have in Store for South Seattle

Announcing Run for State Legislature, Kirsten Harris-Talley Promises Public Policy Mirroring Community Needs

by Emerald Staff


Kirsten Harris-Tally says her decision to run for the state legislature came down to one thing: It’s where she felt she could make the biggest impact for the community she’s called home for the past 15 years.

On Thursday, the Hillman City resident announced her run for state representative of Washington’s 37th Legislative District, which includes Beacon Hill, the Central District, the Rainier Valley, Skyway, and parts of Renton. Continue reading Announcing Run for State Legislature, Kirsten Harris-Talley Promises Public Policy Mirroring Community Needs

Seattle’s New Campaign Finance Legislation, Explained

by Erica C Barnett


Seattle’s city council recently passed two significant new pieces of campaign finance legislation aimed at reducing the influence of big corporations like Amazon in local elections, with a third bill still ongoing revisions. The first bill bans contributions from “foreign-influenced” corporations; the second creates new disclosure requirements for political ads, and the third—which sponsor Lorena Gonzalez has said she will bring back once she returns from maternity leave this spring—would limit contributions to political groups to $5,000. Continue reading Seattle’s New Campaign Finance Legislation, Explained