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Seattle election...
Nick Bowman

How wealthy strongholds helped deliver Seattle’s 2021 election to moderate candidates

Seattle's moderate candidates prevailed in the 2021 election on the strength of wealthy neighborhoods along its eastern and western coastlines.
3 days ago
Capital gains tax advisory vote, Seattle vote swings...
Nick Bowman

Seattle’s 2021 election establishes large, late swings for progressive candidates as new normal

Massive swings of late votes for Seattle's progressive candidates appear to have become the new normal after 2021's general election.
23 days ago
Amazon Seattle, corporate HQ...
Nick Bowman

Corporate money wins Seattle in new form after sparking ire of voters in 2019

A slate of business-friendly candidates won all but one major Seattle race, with corporate money finding influence in more subtle ways.
24 days ago
Seattle election results...
Nick Bowman

Moderate Seattle candidates carry the night, as progressives face steep climb to close gap

The first round of Seattle and King County election results arrived Tuesday, with moderate and conservative candidates largely carrying the night. 
1 month ago
Seattle City Attorney candidates...
Nick Bowman

Contentious race for Seattle City Attorney winds to a close with decision now put to voters

Tuesday will close out what's been a contentious race between Seattle City Attorney candidates operating at opposite ends of the political spectrum. 
1 month ago
Compassion Seattle...
Nick Bowman

How Compassion Seattle became dividing line between candidates following defeat in court

The debate around homelessness during this election cycle has centered on the now-defunct Compassion Seattle ballot initiative.
1 month ago
Seattle Democracy Vouchers...
Nick Bowman

With campaign spending at record heights, is Seattle’s Democracy Voucher program still working?

Given that campaign spending has soared to record levels in 2021, is Seattle's Democracy Voucher program still working as intended?
1 month ago
halloween...
MyNorthwest Staff

KIRO Radio’s Halloween special: ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’

If you missed KIRO Radio's live Halloween performance of "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" -- or if you want to hear it again -- you're in luck. 
1 month ago
Seattle mayors...
Nick Bowman

Can Seattle finally stabilize mayoral role mired in controversy, single-term tenures?

Seattle has maintained a dubious streak of one-term mayors dating back over a decade, all while the office has faced scandals and controversies to boot.
1 month ago
Nikkita Oliver, Seattle City Council race...
Nick Bowman

Seattle council candidate Nikkita Oliver aims for campaign beyond ‘a single issue race’

Seattle City Council at-large candidate Nikkita Oliver is urging voters to look at their race as one that goes beyond a single issue.
1 month ago
Seattle City Attorney race...
Nick Bowman

Newly-formed PAC with cast of familiar faces floods money into Seattle City Attorney race

A new PAC has already raised $280,000 in support of Seattle City Attorney candidate Ann Davison, with a cast of familiar faces working behind the scenes.
2 months ago
candidates...
MyNorthwest Staff

Seattle election preview: Mayoral, city attorney candidates make their case

With Election Day just around the corner, we spoke to the Seattle mayoral and city attorney candidates for insight into each of their respective campaigns.
2 months ago
mayoral debates, seattle, mayor...
MyNorthwest Staff

Submit your questions for the Seattle Mayoral Debate

Lorena Gonzalez and Bruce Harrell will face off in two debates on Oct. 14 and Oct. What questions do you have for the candidates?
2 months ago
Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell...
Nick Bowman

Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell: City needs ‘sense of urgency’ to address homeless crisis

Seattle mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell lays out his plan to address Seattle's homeless crisis amid a hotly-contested election cycle.
2 months ago
Seattle City Council races...
Nick Bowman

Narratives for pair of Seattle council races paint dramatically different pictures

With election day less than a month away, the predominant narratives for both of Seattle's at-large council races are significantly different.
2 months ago
Seattle mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez...
Nick Bowman

Seattle mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez lays out plans for policing, homelessness, and income tax

Seattle mayoral candidate Lorena Gonzalez believes her more recent service in the city council gives her a leg up against her opponent, Bruce Harrell.
2 months ago
Seattle City Attorney candidate Ann Davison...
Nick Bowman

Seattle city attorney candidate focuses message on ‘making sure people are safe’

Seattle City Attorney candidate Ann Davison is on her third campaign trail in as many years, but says her priorities have remained largely the same. 
2 months ago
Seattle City Attorney abolitionist Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, candidate...
Nick Bowman

Seattle city attorney candidate: Abolitionist platform is about ‘scaling back and building up’

For "abolitionist" city attorney candidate Nicole Thomas-Kennedy, this election is about changing how Seattle approaches crime on a fundamental level.
2 months ago
ice seattle Durkan, oil furnace...
Nick Bowman

Looking back on mayoral term marked by years of conflict between Jenny Durkan, city council

However brief Jenny Durkan's tenure as mayor will be, it's one that's been punctuated by frequent flare-ups of conflict between her office and city council.
3 months ago
sept 11...
MyNorthwest Staff

KIRO Radio shares memories from Sept. 11, 2001

These are the stories from KIRO Radio's hosts and reporters as they recall and honor Sept. 11, 2001.
3 months ago
Compassion Seattle...
Nick Bowman

What went wrong for Compassion Seattle’s homeless initiative, and what’s next?

With a judge striking a proposed charter amendment from Compassion Seattle off the ballot, what's next for the group ahead of November's election?
3 months ago
Seattle red lining...
Nick Bowman

Red-lining, race, and wealth continue to form borders between Seattle voters

Candidates Seattle voters chose in the August primary paint a stark picture of a city divided by racial and economic lines dating back nearly a century.
3 months ago
Burgess, Seattle conservatives...
Nick Bowman

In city that rarely elects Republicans, Seattle conservatives aim for influence behind the scenes

Conservative groups, donors, and campaign operatives have looked to subtly wield their influence throughout Seattle's current election cycle.
3 months ago
homeless, sales tax, Compassion Seattle...
Nick Bowman

Large donations to ‘Compassion Seattle’ homelessness initiative dwarf all other races in 2021

While donations have flooded in to Seattle election races in 2021, no single candidate or campaign has raised as much as Compassion Seattle.
4 months ago