Election preview: Seattle Council District 4

Election preview: Seattle Council District 4

On November 3rd, Seattle is poised to make history, electing City Council members by district.  In this video, Crosscut contributors examine the dynamics each of these new districts–Ben Anderstone analyzes the demographics; David Kroman reports on the politics; and Drew Atkins digs into the fundraising numbers.

September 29, 2015 at 12:11 am Comments are Disabled

Seattle City Council: The race is on

Seattle City Council: The race is on

From dozens of candidates, the August primary narrowed the field for Seattle City Council.  Now, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and David Kroman give their take on the primary results (including the surprising defeat of incumbent Jean Godden), and the match-ups for November.

August 8, 2015 at 12:21 pm Comments are Disabled

August primary surprise: Jean Godden behind

August primary surprise: Jean Godden behind

In the early results of the August primary to determine which two candidates advance to the November election, long-time Seattle City Council member Jean Godden is in third place.  See her election-night reaction, plus comments from the top two finishers in the new district 4, Rob Johnson and Michael Maddux. In the first returns, Godden was 148 votes behind Maddux: Rob [...]

August 4, 2015 at 11:31 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s (finally) over: Who got what in final state budget?

It’s (finally) over: Who got what in final state budget?

After three special sessions, state lawmakers finally head home.  So what did they do?  Did lawmakers accomplish on enough on education to satisfy the State Supreme Court?  From teacher salaries to the gas tax, we look at the final compromise with Democratic political and public affairs consultant Sandeep Kaushik and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center.  Reaction from Rep. [...]

July 12, 2015 at 12:59 am Comments are Disabled

Meet eight Seattle City Council hopefuls

Meet eight Seattle City Council hopefuls

From an applicant pool of 43, the Seattle City Council has now narrowed the field to eight finalists.  One of them will be appointed to fill the vacancy left by Sally Clark.  All eight finalists were given three minutes to make a presentation to the City Council.  Watch these raw presentations from Jan Drago, Noel Frame, Sharon Lee, Sharon Maeda, [...]

April 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Inslee to reporter: Let’s go out in the alleyway

Inslee to reporter:  Let’s go out in the alleyway

In this raw video, Gov. Jay Inslee defends his response to the crisis in the State Auditor’s office, where fellow Democrat Troy Kelley has been the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Inslee would not join calls for Kelley’s resignation and when asked by reporters, Inslee insisted his involvement has been appropriate. When pressed why he hadn’t demanded a meeting [...]

April 16, 2015 at 9:22 am Comments are Disabled

Superintendent to lawmakers: Don’t forget levy reform

Superintendent to lawmakers:  Don’t forget levy reform

Calling it a civil rights issue, Washington Public Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn urges lawmakers to make changes so that school districts aren’t as reliant on local levies.  In this raw video, Dorn explains why levy reform is just as important as new education funding, for the legislature to comply with the State Supreme Court McCleary ruling.

April 16, 2015 at 9:20 am Comments are Disabled

New poll: Voters have their own ideas on state budget

New poll: Voters have their own ideas on state budget

On one thing, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree:  They’re not prepared to fully-fund the class-size initiative voters just passed in November.  But in this video, pollster Stu Elway talks about his latest research, finding that voters don’t want the initiative watered-down.  The Elway Poll of statewide voters also finds that if legislators put the initiative back on the ballot, voters [...]

April 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm Comments are Disabled

Democrats: No to carbon tax, yes to capital gains tax

Democrats:  No to carbon tax, yes to capital gains tax

House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal for a new carbon pollution tax. In this video report, Democrats unveiled their own budget which includes a higher B&O tax on service businesses, and relies on several of Inslee’s ideas such as a tax on capital gains and bottled water. Democrats would use the extra revenue to fund smaller class sizes, cost-of-living [...]

March 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm Comments are Disabled

Shootout attracts participants you might not expect

Shootout attracts participants you might not expect

One wouldn’t be surprised to find rural, conservative lawmakers at the legislature’s annual shootout.  But we spotted some urban Democrats–some of whom might be considered unlikely participants. In this feature video, even some lawmakers who support stricter gun regulations view the shootout as a team building event. Will the shootout help lawmakers reach an earlier compromise?  Probably not, says one [...]

March 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm Comments are Disabled