State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) is best known for passing last year's historic gay marriage legislation, which capped his other gay rights victories—passing an anti-discrimination gay rights bill in 2006 and passing a series of domestic partnership bills between 2007 and 2009 in the runup to full marriage equality.

However, Murray, who's gay, is more of a Democratic policy nerd than a culture warrior.

He's been doing heavy legislative lifts in Olympia for a while. As transportation chair in the house, Murray brought together businesses and environmentalists and passed the only significant tax increases this state has seen in more than 20 years—gas taxes in 2003 and 2005 for transportation infrastructure.

Like the gay marriage bill, his 2005 gas tax was also seconded by voters after a backlash attempt by conservatives for a repeal at the ballot box. When he left the house and joined the senate in 2007, Murray took over as budget leader and won praise from moderates—for crafting a bipartisan budget deal in 2011—and from liberals, for outfoxing the Republican budget coup by restoring social service funding in 2012.

Murray was elected Democratic majority leader this year, but then the Republicans staged another coup, and he was relegated to playing defense when two renegade Democratic state senators, Rodney (D-48, Medina) and Tim Sheldon (D-35, Potlatch) joined with the Republicans to form the Majority Coalition Caucus. Murray's been making political stands—some quixotic, such as his capital gains tax proposal, his fight for the DREAM Act, and his advocacy for the Reproductive Parity Act—all session.

Seattle voters will be closely watching Murray's record after the session is over and the mayoral election is in full swing: Was his decision to work with the Republicans on this year's budget crafty or foolish? Murray brags about securing collective bargaining and family planning dollars, moving the goalposts so that the liberal house and governor can bargain for more. Critics say he's given the GOP the upper hand by  letting them lay claim to a "bipartisan" budget deal.

Other things voters want to know about Murray: Does he have a vision for the city (and a firm grasp on local issues) or is he just a liberal state senator from the provincial (in its own way) urban 43rd District? And can he transcend his reputation as a hothead? (When we asked him about this late last year, Murray said that he, unlike current Mayor Mike McGinn, can "get in people's face and still be friends.")

Murray, who lives on North Capitol Hill with his longtime partner, Michael Shiosaki, came in third in a March KING 5 poll—highlighting the fact that while insiders are keen on Murray, he isn't well-known in the city at large.

Another outstanding question, though, appears to have been answered: Can Murray, who's barred from raising money while the legislature's in session, catch up with the other candidates? Reality check: The other candidates have spent the last couple of months catching up to him. Shortly after he declared, and before the session fundraising freeze kicked in—basically a week—Murray raised a whopping $123,000. Fundraising will not be a problem for the powerful state senator (who also has national cred for his leadership on gay rights).

We recently sat down with Murray.

Here are our interviews with some of McGinn's other mayoral opponents: Tim BurgessBruce HarrellPeter Steinbrueck, and Mayor Mike McGinn himself (Part One and Part 2), as well as two excerpts from our interview with Murray that ran a few weeks back. 

PubliCola: You’re probably best known as the guy who passed gay marriage. Tell us a little more about your own political trajectory. How do you explain to voters who Ed Murray is in a way that expands on your reputation as a gay-rights champion?

Ed Murray: I would point right to transportation, which is one of the number-one challenges the city faces. I became [house transportation] chair after Referendum 51 [a 2002 proposal to raise $8 billion for roads and transit] failed by 20 points. And within a few months, we put together a coalition that had fought each other and got agreement around the nickel package [the 2003 gas-tax increase].

So what did we do there? It had been the longest time in state history without new revenue. Tim Eyman had passed I-695 [which limited car-tab fees to $30], the Republicans were in control of the state senate and had an all-roads package. 

And what did we walk away with? We walked away with restored money for transit, restored money for pedestrians, money for the streetcar. We started the mobility grant program [which supports local transit agencies]. Then we went on, two years later, and expanded on that and passed the 9.5 cent [gas tax increase].I did support, and still think it was a good idea, to have a single transit authority with an elected board.

PubliCola: In the past, you said Sound Transit should have a directly elected board and be consolidated with other regional transit agencies. Are you still a skeptic about Sound Transit?  

Murray: I was always a strong supporter of Sound Transit. My criticism of Sound Transit came when they decided to move the station out of the densest neighborhood north of San Francisco, First Hill. I was very critical of that decision and I think it was a significant mistake. 

But part of the deal we worked out to move forward was that Sound Transit came down to my office when I was chair of the transportation committee and we talked about alternatives, and the alternative that developed from that was the streetcar— which seems to have been lost in the fog of history.

I did support, and still think it was a good idea, to have a single transit authority with an elected board. Some people interpret that as an attack on Sound Transit. but it wasn’t. The idea was to create a regional transit entity. Because right now there are challenges as bus service interacts with light rail. Light rail is financially pretty sound, but bus service isn’t very sound, and as we planned, we didn’t plan forward enough about how the feeder system, which is bus service, was going to interact with light rail.

PubliCola: You served four years as chair of the house transportation committee. Given the current budget constraints, what’s your vision for Seattle’s transportation future?

Murray: We’re a progressive city where great things are happening, but on the civic level, there is not a united, strategic vision for how we move forward on transportation.

If you don't have that infrastructure in place, you're not going to be able to strategically plan and decide what we do with transportation. And, by the way, I don’t believe it’s an either/or thing. It's very interesting to hear one of the candidates [Burgess] say they want to go back to basics, because we had Bridging the Gap [the $365 million 2006 transportation levy], except now we have a $2 billion backlog.

That’s not a strategic approach to transportation. We have a major, silent, growing maintenance and infrastructure problem.

I would aggressively push for Sound Transit 3, aggressively push for what we’re doing to do on the westside transit corridors. We haven’t prioritized what comes first and then how are we going to pay for it over a period of time.

PubliCola: Speaking of the westside transit corridor, what do you think of Mayor Mike McGinn's proposal to build a new bridge over the Ship Canal for light rail?

Murray: We have a major backlog of things that are falling apart that have got to be addressed, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn't move forward on transit. My critique of that proposal is, what's your priority and how are you going to fund it? Because there's going to have to be some prioritization, and I believe we in Seattle can't simply do it ourselves. I think we have to partner with the region, we have to partner with the state, we have to partner with the feds.

I also believe that there is a limit, even in Seattle, to how much we can afford all at once, because there are other things in the city, in addition to transportation, that we're going to have to go back to the people for.

Every time there’s a city council race, everyone lines up and says they want more transit, but no one ever identifies more revenues for transit. I’ve actually done that, and I think I'm only candidate that has actually identified and got passed past Republicans new sources of revenues for transit. That's the challenge: What are those sources, where are they going to come from, and it can’t be Seattle only.

PubliCola: You obviously have a lot of experience in the partisan state legislature, but Seattle city government is nonpartisan. One concern we have about you is that you don't have any experience working in that environment, or at the city level.  

Murray: I guess someone could have said that to Gary Locke when he went from the house of representatives to King County Executive. You could say that about [former mayor] Charley Royer [who had never held elected office before winning the 1977 mayoral race]. You could say that about a series of elected officials, that they had no city experience.

I would argue that I'm actually the most experienced candidate in the race as far as experience in government. I’ve worked at the city, I've staffed the city council [for former city council member Martha Choe]. I’m the only legislator in history to chair all three budget committees. I’ve worked with the federal delegation. I’ve worked with regional leaders. I think I bring a skill level that is typical of people who I think are very successful mayors. If [the arena] happens, I'm not going to try and undo it. It's going to be an issue of managing growth; it’s going to be an issue of how we get the transit that we need.

PubliCola: The issue of excessive force by the police and racially biased policing comes up again and again, and not just with this mayor. What do you think the police department is doing wrong? 

Murray: What I think happened is that was we elected a mayor who wasn't comfortable with and did not understand public safety issues and had a fairly hands-off approach to the police department. 

PubliCola: But do you seriously think this is about McGinn?

Murray: I think it begins there. It is the mayor, the leadership of the police department, that creates a culture, and if people don't know what's expected of them in what is basically a semi-military organization in how it functions, then you're going to have problems.

There's history here. I don't deny that history. I think there are things we can do to change the culture of the police force that haven’t been done. First of all, we need to get out of the police academy in South King County, where all the police officers are trained, and open up an academy here and train our own police officers for the city.

Policing in suburban cities— it's a very different situation than policing in an urban city. If you're in a suburb, you're mostly going to be in a car. If you're in the city of Seattle, we’ve got to continue to move more and more toward policing that isn't in cars.

I also think that there's more of a conservative military culture at the police academy. It’s a good academy, it trains good people, but I don't think it's getting at working in a multiethnic, urban, dense city. Everything's different. The response times are different. 

PubliCola: What do you think of the various plans in South Lake Union? Do you support McGinn’s current model, or do you support requiring developers to pay for more workforce housing in exchange for additional density, as the council has proposed? 

Murray: You’re asking me to weigh in in the middle of a piece of legislation rather than talk about what my vision would be. There's a whole need to go back and look at how we're going to manage growth in the city in general. I don't necessarily think we're asking the right questions, so we end up with this sort of denser Seattle vs. Lesser Seattle debate, and I don’t think that necessarily has to be an either/or situation. I probably lean more toward where the council is at this point than the McGinn plan.

PubliCola: So what should we be asking and what are the answers you’d like to hear? 

MurrayI think that the city is changing. I think the type of people who have moved here actually want a city that's more urban. They want a city that’s more dense. The type of people that are moving here to work at Amazon and the South Lake Union biotech companies—these aren't the people who are screaming, don't change things. These are the people who are actually writing and emailing and saying, why can’t we have more [density]?

PubliCola: Speaking of growth, what do you think of microhousing, or "aPodments"? 

Murray: I think it's a great idea. I think they could work in many parts of the city. I think we need to be careful that it's not some kind of shoddy developer thing, or someone getting around growth rules or other things like that. I think we need to make some strategic decisions about where those developments, whether they’re slim houses or smaller apartments, happen. I don’t think we need a moratorium [on aPodments] to do that, though.

This is what we did in college or right out of college—we got old houses and four or five people would live together. So you can continue to destroy old housing stock or you can actually develop a model that people have been using forever.If you only hang out in the potholes, if you only hang out in the traffic circles, then you miss a big opportunity to move forward as a city.

PubliCola: The debate over the arena has brought up the issue, again, of whether we want to preserve the working waterfront and whether the arena threatens that goal. Where do you come down on that issue?

Murray: The stadium would not have been my priority, but obviously there's an opportunity there if it works and the public isn't left with the risk. So that’s one of the answers that needs to be tightened down pretty tightly—that if this thing proceeds that the risk is not with the taxpayers but with the private sector.

If it happens, I'm not going to try and undo it—as I said, there's an opportunity there. But again, it's going to be an issue of managing growth; it’s going to be an issue of how we get the transit that we need.

PubliCola: How did you first get politicized? Was it during the gay rights movement, or when Cal Anderson got elected?

Murray: No, not at all. I've been obsessed with politics forever. We should find some of my grade school teachers for you to talk to. The things I'm interested in today are exactly the things I was interested in then. I was obsessed with politics. I was sixth grade class president, then student body president of my high school—

PubliCola: What was your platform?

Murray: I can't remember—"I'm not a jock"? There are kids who grew up with me who will tell you, this is exactly what Ed said he's going to do.

The other strain of that is that when I was five, and JFK was running for president, and through those next few years leading up to the assassination, that meant so much to my family—my grandparents all being Irish Catholic immigrants, and the sense of second class citizenship that they all felt. It gave them a sense of affirmation that they were really, fully Americans.

When I first came out, I didn't do politics. I thought, you can't be gay and do politics. It was 1980, and there wasn't anybody.

And then I had been involved through college in various Democratic Party activist things, and then when Cal [Anderson] went for the appointment [as 43rd District state representative], in '87, and got it, it was like the bookend of the JFK experience for my family. [It showed me that] someone like me can actually be in politics.

And of course the reality of what was happening in my life, to my friends and the people I knew, was that by the time I was 40, most of the people I hung around with were dead [of HIV/AIDS]. And that politically motivated a whole generation of us. And then, you know, Cal worked the civil rights bill. He lost the bill by a vote. Then he got ill and he died.

I probably was one of the least prepared candidates to run for public office, because we didn't think he was going to die then, or so suddenly, and I hadn't done any of the things candidates do—you know, prep yourself, think through your issues—I just ran and was tagged as the gay candidate and then proved myself to be the transportation candidate.

PubliCola: This is a famously secular city. How does your Catholicism fit into your politics?

Murray: I go to church most Sundays, and I usually take a retreat in a Benedictine monastery every few years.

I don't think the last few popes or the archbishop would consider me a hard-core Catholic. I've actually kind of been waiting for the other shoe to drop. But I also can't walk away from something that I find to be a rich spiritual tradition that has a progressive side to it, that has created people like Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker movement, Those are very influential things in my life, but I always have one foot in the door and one foot out the door. I never know if I'm going to stay or if I'm out. 

PubliCola: What do you think of the new pope?

Murray: I don't know this guy. All I know is the choice of the name of someone [St. Francis of Assisi] who was committed to radical poverty and had a real statement against materialism, somebody who is one of the few Christians you can find in medieval history who actually reached out to Muslims, and somebody who symbolized rebuilding a church that was falling down—and this church is falling down. So the name makes me hopeful.

PubliCola: One of your opponents, Tim Burgess, did consulting work for the anti-gay, anti-choice group Concerned Women of America. [Burgess says his views have evolved over time, and says he ultimately convinced his business partner to resign the CWA contract]. Are you going to make that an issue in the campaign?

Murray: Since the day I came out, I have been in open opposition to my church by my very life, and over the last 18 years I have fought for things that my church has fought against. So if people want someone who was fighting the fight on women's issues and on gay and lesbian issues 18 years ago, then I'm their candidate. 

I accept Tim's change of heart, or change of mind. I would just say, do you want the person who's had a recent change of heart or change of mind, or do you want the guy who's actually been there for 18 years in the trenches doing the work on those very issues?

PubliCola: Education is obviously a huge issue in the city right now, and it seems like you've recently embraced it as one of your issues. What do you think of the education reform movement, and things like charters and teacher accountability?

Murray: I oppose the charter schools bill. Regrettably, in Olympia, education reform has turned into a war on teachers. And I don't know if it's just reforming the system or changing the system to meet the needs of a changing workforce. But I don't think you do that against the teachers. I think you do that with the teachers. And there's no area right now in state government where there's more infighting and division going on than the groups involved in education and the reform movement. 

PubliCola: What can you do as mayor to improve the schools?

Murray: I don't think a city can succeed unless it has a successful K-12 school system. But I also realize I'm not the school board and that the city doesn't control the schools. I'm not going to propose the Mayor Murray plan for taking over the school district. But I do think that if I'm the next mayor I would engage a conversation in the city with the school district, with our community colleges, with our universities, particularly their schools of education, and look at what kind of school district we want for this city that attracts kids who are now in private schools back into the public school system. How do we increase graduation rates, how do we reward the best and brightest teachers, how do we develop models of how an urban school system can succeed? 

PubliCola: Some people would say, "Ed Murray really screwed up this session. He was the majority leader of the senate, and Rodney Tom [D-48, the nominally Democratic head of the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus that controlled the senate this session] pulled the carpet out from under him and let the Republicans take over. How do you respond? 

Murray: I don't think my constituents view it as, Ed Murray screwed up. I think they view it exactly for what it is. Rodney Tom, who for years now has not been happy as a Democrat [Tom used to be a Republican], has been very vocal about that. He threw [former senate majority leader] Lisa Brown [D-10] under the bus on a budget that she let him write. So it's not like this is a surprise. I think the surprise is that it didn't happen earlier.

My response is that we've been mostly successful at messaging. which is one of the things the minority does, and stopping some of the things they wanted to do, like their attack on middle-class programs. They wanted to kill the [Guaranteed Education Tuition] program, and GET's going to survive. A bunch of education bills that were a direct attack on our public school system either got better or they died. Most of the workers' comp bills died. So I think we've been effective in the minority.

PubliCola: As someone who's never served in city office before, what's your vision for Seattle? 

Murray: I want a progressive city that is not involved in petty divisions on issues where people mostly are on the same side. I think we've become about small things and not big things. You've always got to take care of the small things—basics do matter, because when infrastructure fails, it’s the poor who suffer most—but if you only hang out in the potholes, if you only hang out in the traffic circles, then you miss a big opportunity to move forward as a city—about how you manage growth, about how you create new transit, about how you build new relationships with your regional neighbors.

Instead, what often happens is a city that comes to Olympia fighting amongst itself for what it wants, not a city that's viewed as united. My colleagues can be pretty anti-Seattle, but my colleagues believe that people from Seattle are pretty down on the state of Washington. We want them to accept how progressive we are on issues like marriage equality, but they sure would like some acceptance from us about why they think some of the ways that they think—given where they live, given the reality of their parts of the state, which are really suffering economically.

I want to challenge the city to think bigger than petty little beefs about my version of transit versus your version of transit, my version of how we what how we want to end homelessness versus your version of how we want to end homelessness. I heard the mayor on the radio recently slapping down the council over some aspect of a plan to end homelessness. and it was like he was the savior of homeless people and they were against homeless people. That's just got to stop. Maybe one [strategy]'s more effective than the other, but to question the commitment of the council towards the homeless in the city—it's a game that is being played throughout the city among all sorts of groups and at all sorts of levels, and I think we've got to be bigger than that.

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Meet the Challengers: Ed Murray

The Capitol Hill Democrat has plenty of experience in state politics but isn’t well known here in Seattle.

  • By Josh Feit and Eric C. Barnett
  • Published 05/22/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

McGinn Below 25 Percent in Latest Poll

Mayor Mike McGinn continues to founder in the latest poll, with just 22 percent support.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 05/20/2013
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Opinion

Burgess News: Who Does It Help? Who Does It Hurt?

Good news for McGinn?

  • By Josh Feit and Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 05/17/2013
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Afternoon Jolt

Friday Jolt: Burgess Withdraws from Mayor's Race

After firing his campaign spokesman and failing to file for office, city council member Tim Burgess decides to withdraw from the mayor's race.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 05/17/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race

Extra Fizz: More Details on Last Night's Mayoral Endorsement in the 46th

North Seattle Democrats go with Murray and Steinbrueck

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 05/17/2013
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Afternoon Jolt

Tuesday Jolt: Norm Stamper and Mike O'Brien

The day's winners and losers.

  • By Afternoon Jolt
  • Published 05/14/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

McGinn Fails to Report $3,500 Campaign Expenditure

Mayor Mike McGinn initially failed to report $3,500 in campaign debt to his consultant, making his April numbers look better than they were.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 05/13/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

The Latest Mayoral Fundraising Numbers: Burgess Comes Out Ahead

The latest numbers in this year's hotly contested mayoral race.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 05/10/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

Labor Leader Startled by "Implied Endorsement" of McGinn

Mayor Mike McGinn's campaign Facebook page includes a startling implied endorsement from a labor leader who supported his opponent in 2009.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 04/26/2013
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Article

Mayoral Candidates Spar Over Transportation Spending

Mayor Mike McGinn and challenger Tim Burgess have vastly different ideas for fixing Seattle’s dated infrastructure.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 04/17/2013
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Article

Meet the Candidates: Tim Burgess

Seattle City Council member and mayoral candidate Tim Burgess traces his journey from conservative to born-again progressive.

  • By Josh Feit and Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 04/17/2013
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Opinion

Guest Editorial: Handicapping the Mayoral Primary

Guest editorial: Handicapping the August mayoral primary.

  • By ElectionNerd
  • Published 04/16/2013
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City Hall

Latest Mayor's Race Fundraising Numbers

In the latest mayoral fundraising numbers, Tim Burgess and Bruce Harrell lead the pack, and incumbent Mike McGinn comes in fourth.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 04/11/2013
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Article

Another Outtake from Our Murray Q&A: His Response to the Republican Coup

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray on how the senate slipped out of Democratic Party hands.

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 03/21/2013
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Article

Meet the Challengers: Peter Steinbrueck

The former city council member targets zoning in South Lake Union, police training, and Mayor McGinn’s management style.

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 03/20/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

A Cola Q&A with Tim Burgess

A Cola Q&A with Mayoral Candidate Tim Burgess

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 03/18/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

Mayoral Candidate Burgess Rolls Out "Fix It First" Transportation Plan

In an attempt to differentiate himself from current Mayor Mike McGinn, challenger Tim Burgess says he'll fix potholes and sidewalks before focusing on flashier transportation priorities.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 03/12/2013
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Article

Mayor's Race Campaign Finance Fizz

More numbers from this year's mayoral race.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 03/12/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

Cola Q&A with Mayor Mike McGinn, Pt. 2

PubliCola sits down with Mayor Mike McGinn, who's up for reelection this year.

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 03/06/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

A Cola Q&A With Mayor Mike McGinn, Pt. 1

PubliCola sits down with Mayor Mike McGinn, who's up for reelection this year.

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 03/06/2013
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Afternoon Jolt

Friday Jolt: The Arena Lawsuit

The day's winners and losers.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 02/22/2013
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Article

Meet the Candidates: Bruce Harrell

Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell, jumping into the mayor’s race, says incumbent McGinn “doesn’t have a clue.”

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 02/20/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013

Afternoon Fizz: Murray Puts Together Top Tier Campaign Team, Including Sinderman

Sinderman sides with Murray over Burgess

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 02/19/2013
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Opinion

Isn't it Weird That...

Some weird things we noticed about K-12 funding, mayoral funding, and Michael Baumgartner.

  • By Josh Feit and Eric C. Barnett
  • Published 02/12/2013
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Couldn't Pronounce Peter Steinbrueck

Caffeinated news and gossip featuring mayor's race fundraising, boasting, and polling.

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 02/12/2013
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City Hall

McGinn: Council Members "Play Politics with Public Safety"

Mayor Mike McGinn, defending his initial opposition to police monitor, accuses council members of "playing politics with public safety."

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 02/11/2013
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Seattle Mayor's Election 2013

McGinn Defends Arena Review, Hansen Property Purchase

In a PubliCola Q&A, mayor Mike McGinn defends the city's review of potential arena site, says the city "kept quiet" during investor Chris Hansen's land buys to avoid "killing the deal."

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 02/08/2013
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Article

The Incumbent: Mike McGinn

  • Published 02/04/2013
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Article

Challenger #3: Ed Murray

  • Published 02/04/2013
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Article

Challenger #2: Bruce Harrell

  • Published 02/04/2013
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Article

Challenger #4: Peter Steinbrueck

  • Published 02/04/2013
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Article

Challenger #1: Tim Burgess

  • Published 02/04/2013
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One Question

One More Question About the Arena for Steinbrueck

Steinbrueck takes contrarian (regional)position on the arena.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 01/25/2013
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One Question

One Question for Peter Steinbrueck

PubliCola talks about the arena with former city council member Peter Steinbrueck, the only arena opponent among the major mayoral contenders.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 01/24/2013
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Opinion

Isn't It Weird That...

Some weird things we noticed about Vancouver, the mayor's race, Gov. Inslee's first press conference, and Rob McKenna.

  • By Josh Feit and Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 01/17/2013
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Opinion

Harrell's Candidacy Further Diminishes McGinn's Chances

A former McGinn supporter argues that Bruce Harrell's entry into the mayor's race further diminishes the mayor's already dwindling chance for reelection.

  • By Yusuf Cabdi
  • Published 01/16/2013
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City Hall

A Cola Q&A with the Latest Mayoral Contender, Bruce Harrell

City Council member Bruce Harrell, jumping into the mayor's race today, says incumbent McGinn "doesn't have a clue."

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 01/15/2013
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2013 Election

Bruce Harrell Is Running for Mayor

City Council member Bruce Harrell joins the increasingly crowded race for mayor.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 01/15/2013
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Afternoon Jolt

Thursday Jolt: Two Losers—McGinn and Murray.

The day's winners and losers.

  • By Afternoon Jolt
  • Published 01/10/2013
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City Hall

McGinn Announces Reelection Bid Amid Sonics Rumors

Amid rumors that investor Chris Hansen is poised to buy the Sacramento Kings, Mayor Mike McGinn announced his reelection bid today.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 01/09/2013
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: McGinn Announcement, Tom Showdown

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: McGinn, Tom, and gongs.

  • By Moring Fizz
  • Published 01/09/2013
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: The Understatement of the Year

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Team McGinn on the phone, Rodney Tom in the house, a gun buyback, and more.

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 01/08/2013
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Unstoppable Political Momentum

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: the arena, the mayor, and a mayoral hopeful. Oh, and the Seahawks.

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 01/07/2013
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Opinion

Xmas Stocking Analysis

What they want for Xmas vs. what they're going to get.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 12/21/2012
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Election 2013

And Steinbrueck Makes Six

Peter Steinbrueck makes it official, joining the ever-more-crowded race for Seattle mayor.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 12/19/2012
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Article

The Education of Ed Murray

The biggest winner of the 2012 election wasn’t even on the ballot, but he’s poised to be the most powerful man in Olympia, and Seattle.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 12/19/2012
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Election 2013

Former Council Member Steinbrueck Running for Mayor

Former City Council member Peter Steinbrueck sends out a call for endorsements for his 2013 mayoral bid.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 12/18/2012
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Afternoon Jolt

Afternoon Jolt: Murray Raises Big Bucks for Mayoral Run; Standoff Continues in State Senate

Today's Winners & Losers

  • By Afternoon Jolt
  • Published 12/17/2012
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Look Who They Put in Charge

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: pot, coal, money, and choices.

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 12/14/2012
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Bellevue vs. Seattle

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Bellevue vs. Seattle, Steinbrueck vs. Burgess, McGinn vs. coal, and a Murray fundraiser

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 12/13/2012
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Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Taken to Task

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Coal trains, cash on hand, the transit agenda, and follow-up questions.

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 12/12/2012
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Election 2013

Mayoral Candidate Tim Burgess: On the DOJ Agreement, Density, Education, and More

City council member and mayoral candidate Tim Burgess on the city's police-accountability agreement, education, density, and more.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 12/11/2012
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Election 2013

Ed Murray's Running for Mayor

Add another name to the growing list of opponents to Mayor Mike McGinn: State Sen. Ed Murray, who's formed an exploratory committee, the first step toward a mayoral run.

  • By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit
  • Published 12/05/2012
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City

Murray Forming Exploratory Committee for Mayor

State Sen. Ed Murray enters mayoral fray.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 12/05/2012
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Opinion

Isn't It Weird That ...

Five weird things we noticed.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 11/30/2012
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Election 2013

Burgess Jumps into Campaign Mode, Report Shows $1,000 Debt to Consultant Sinderman

Wasting no time, Tim Burgess jumps into campaign mode. THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 11/28/2012
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Morning Fizz

Serious Postelection Props

Caffeinated News and Gossip featuring more mayoral hopefuls, winning ad firms, and more votes.

  • By Morning Fizz
  • Published 11/19/2012
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City

Murray Ponders Mayoral Run

Coming off the gay marriage win and his election as senate majority leader, Murray thinks about the mayor's race.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 11/16/2012
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Election 2012

One of Last Night's Biggest Winners Wasn't Even on the Ballot

And another was ... a Republican!

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 11/07/2012
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2013 Election

Ethics Ruling Could Impact Mayor's Race

An upcoming ruling by the city's ethics commission could have implications for potential candidates in the 2013 mayor's race.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 03/29/2012
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2013 Election

McGinn Kickoff Brings In "Just Under" $5,000

Mayor Mike McGinn's kickoff yields a relatively anemic $5,000.

  • By Josh Feit
  • Published 03/12/2012
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Opinion

How Burgess Can Win

How city council member Tim Burgess could defeat the mayor in 2013.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 09/02/2011
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City Hall

Extra Fizz: 2013 Mayoral Rumors

Rumors are already flying about the 2013 mayoral election, when Mayor Mike McGinn will almost certainly face at least one serious challenger.

  • By Erica C. Barnett
  • Published 08/20/2010