Category Archives: Politics

King County Swung Left, Statewide Measures Were Split, and Many Races Remain Too Close to Call

by Geov Parrish

Nationally, Tuesday’s election pretty much went as polls suggested they would. With Democrats and Republicans highly motivated to vote this year, 2018’s midterms have shattered all kinds of national election turnout records for a non-presidential year. In Washington State, however, the 1970 record, which topped a whopping 70 percent, remains unchallenged. But with that enthusiasm, far more people than usual voted early: Almost half of the state’s 4.3 million registered voters had their ballots counted with the state’s first release of election totals on Tuesday night. That will likely be at least two-thirds of the final total of voters. That means that candidates with a significant first-night lead in key races will be difficult to overcome as more ballots are counted.

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OPINION: We Need Better Options

by the Seattle Peoples Party

This past year has been a very difficult one. With global fascism on the rise, the war has continued to escalate against people of color, women, trans and gender non-conforming folks, disabled people, and anyone who is economically disadvantaged. Here in Seattle, the housing catastrophe has intensified, with over 12,000 people living houseless at any given time.

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General Election 2018: The Vote to Save Democracy

by Geov Parrish

Okay, so granted, the concept of “American democracy” is a bit tarnished: Citizens United, voter suppression, gerrymandering, this list goes on ad nauseam. A 2014 Princeton study found that there was no statistical correlation between what, according to public polling, the American public wants Congress to do and what Congress actually does. But there is a very high correlation between what the very wealthy want (using the same metric) and what Congress actually does. That’s not a representative democracy but a plutocracy — which is, arguably, what America’s heavily worshiped “founding fathers” wanted to begin with.

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Opinion: If You Care About Climate Change, Don’t Listen to Cliff Mass; Vote Yes on 1631

by Alex Lenferna

Washington voters who open their voting guides will be in for a surprise when they see a lone atmospheric scientist standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Big Oil to oppose Initiative 1631, a plan to make polluters pay for their pollution and invest in clean energy and healthy communities.

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Voters Consider Initiative to Block Local Taxes on Sweetened Beverages

by Carolyn Bick

Though Initiative 1634 is billed as a no new groceries tax, big soda companies have provided most of the funding for the campaign supporting the initiative. The same big soda companies are the ones responsible for passing on the cost of the city’s sweetened beverage tax to consumers through retailers.

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Smith and Smith Face Off in Debate Over Who Should Lead the 9th Congressional District

by Aaron Burkhalter

Congressional hopeful Sarah Smith met longtime incumbent Adam Smith for a debate at the Rainier Arts Center Oct. 18 in their bid for the congressional seat representing District 9, which encompasses Southeast Seattle and South King County.

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Q&A: Councilmember Kshama Sawant Celebrates Amazon’s Concession to a $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage while Pushing for Further Action

by Aaron Burkhalter

See below for a statement Kshama Sawant issued in response to news that many Amazon employees are losing other benefits as their wages are raised.

Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced Oct. 2 that the retail giant would pay all its workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour beginning Nov. 1. Activists working to raise the minimum wages across the United States credited the ongoing movement for forcing Amazon to up compensation to its workers.

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