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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.

01/16/2013 By Yusuf Cabdi

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.

12/19/2012 By Josh Feit

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."

02/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

One More Question About the Arena for Steinbrueck

Steinbrueck takes contrarian (regional)position on the arena.

01/25/2013 By Josh Feit

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.

01/24/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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.

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

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."

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

Bruce Harrell Is Running for Mayor

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

01/15/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Thursday Jolt: Two Losers—McGinn and Murray.

The day's winners and losers.

01/10/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

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.

01/09/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz: McGinn Announcement, Tom Showdown

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

01/09/2013 By Moring 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.

01/08/2013 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Unstoppable Political Momentum

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

01/07/2013 By Morning Fizz

Xmas Stocking Analysis

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

12/21/2012 By Josh Feit

And Steinbrueck Makes Six

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

12/19/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Former Council Member Steinbrueck Running for Mayor

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

12/18/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz: Look Who They Put in Charge

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

12/14/2012 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Bellevue vs. Seattle

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

12/13/2012 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Taken to Task

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

12/12/2012 By Morning Fizz

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.

12/11/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

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.

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

Murray Forming Exploratory Committee for Mayor

State Sen. Ed Murray enters mayoral fray.

12/05/2012 By Josh Feit

Isn't It Weird That ...

Five weird things we noticed.

11/30/2012 By Josh Feit

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.

11/28/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Serious Postelection Props

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

11/19/2012 By Morning Fizz

Murray Ponders Mayoral Run

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

11/16/2012 By Josh Feit

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

And another was ... a Republican!

11/07/2012 By Josh Feit

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.

03/29/2012 By Josh Feit

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

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

03/12/2012 By Josh Feit

How Burgess Can Win

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

09/02/2011 By Erica C. Barnett

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.

08/20/2010 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz: Couldn't Pronounce Peter Steinbrueck

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

02/12/2013 By Morning Fizz

Isn't it Weird That...

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

02/12/2013 By Josh Feit and Eric C. Barnett

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."

02/11/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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.”

02/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit

Friday Jolt: The Arena Lawsuit

The day's winners and losers.

02/22/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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

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

03/06/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit

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

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

03/06/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit

Mayor's Race Campaign Finance Fizz

More numbers from this year's mayoral race.

03/12/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Meet the Challengers: Peter Steinbrueck

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

03/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit

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.

03/12/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

A Cola Q&A with Tim Burgess

A Cola Q&A with Mayoral Candidate Tim Burgess

03/18/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit

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.

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

Mayoral Candidates Spar Over Transportation Spending

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

04/17/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Meet the Candidates: Tim Burgess

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

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

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.

04/11/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Guest Editorial: Handicapping the Mayoral Primary

Guest editorial: Handicapping the August mayoral primary.

04/16/2013 By ElectionNerd

A PubliCola Q&A With Mayoral Candidate Ed Murray

PubliCola sits down with state Sen. Ed Murray, who's challenging Mayor Mike McGinn.

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

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.

04/26/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

The Latest Mayoral Fundraising Numbers: Burgess Comes Out Ahead

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

05/10/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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.

05/13/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Meet the Challengers: Ed Murray

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

05/22/2013 By Josh Feit and Eric C. Barnett

Tuesday Jolt: Norm Stamper and Mike O'Brien

The day's winners and losers.

05/14/2013 By 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.

05/17/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

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

North Seattle Democrats go with Murray and Steinbrueck

05/17/2013 By Josh Feit

McGinn Below 25 Percent in Latest Poll

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

05/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

One Question for Kate Martin

One question for mayoral candidate Kate Martin.

05/31/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz: Coming Through the August Primary

Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring polling, taxing, messaging, and funding.

06/04/2013 By Morning Fizz

Tuesday Jolt: Mayoral Money

The day's winners and losers.

06/04/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

Thursday Jolt: The Latest Campaign Finance Numbers

The day's winners and losers.

06/06/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

PubliCola Goes to the Movies

We're hosting a political film series at the Northwest Film Forum starring the mayoral candidates.

06/06/2013 By Josh Feit

Candidate Cash Flow

A guide to who's getting and spending in the Seattle mayor's race.

06/14/2013

Last Week in the Mayor's Race

How'd the mayoral candidate do last week, and where do they stand?

06/17/2013 By CampaignNerd

Mayoral Candidates Talk Education, Race, and Gentrification at Juneteenth Forum

At a Juneteenth forum, the candidates for mayor talk education, race, and gentrification.

06/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

A Primer on the Seattle Mayor’s Race

A primer on the candidates, the issues, and the personalities vying to run the city. Pay attention: There will be a quiz.

07/01/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit With Carryn Vande Griend

Ron Sims Endorses Ed Murray for Mayor

Murray picks up endorsement from former King County Executive Ron Sims.

06/27/2013 By Josh Feit

Handicapping the Mayoral Primary

Guest editorial: Handicapping the mayoral primary, with Ed Murray back in the mix.

06/28/2013 By ElectionNerd

ElectionNerd: On To The General Election!

ElectionNerd predicts the path forward for both Murray and McGinn.

08/08/2013 By ElectionNerd

Channeling ElectionNerd: Murray is Not Mallahan. Or Sidran.

Once More, with Feeling: Why the "Murray as Mallahan" Narrative Doesn't Work

08/12/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

ElectionNerd: History Doesn't Bode Well for McGinn

The history of Seattle elections offers some unsettling lessons for McGinn.

08/12/2013 By ElectionNerd

One Question for Peter Steinbrueck Supporters

As we noted yesterday, the '90s are over. So who will supporters of Seattle's "neighborhood" mayoral candidate, Peter Steinbrueck, back now?

08/08/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

More On McGinn's Gender Problem

Mayor Mike McGinn claims we got the facts wrong on the gender breakdown of his cabinet. We didn't.

08/07/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Post-Election Jolt: Primary Winners and Losers

Post-Election Jolt: More winners and losers from last night's primary.

08/07/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

Isn't It Weird That ...

Some weird things we noticed about mayoral fundraising and the Seattle Times.

08/13/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

McGinn Staffer Attacks This Crank as "Sexist"

Mayor Mike McGinn's chief of staff calls me "sexist" for pointing out that he has fewer female department heads than his predecessor. Hmm.

08/09/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Isn't It Weird That ... Mark Sidran Edition

An endorsement that could come back to haunt Ed Murray.

08/08/2013 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz: Field vs. Field

Caffeinated News & Gossip

08/08/2013 By Morning Fizz

One Question for Mike McGinn

McGinn says he's fighting the establishment. Who are they, though? And what do they want?

08/14/2013 By Josh Feit

Isn't it Weird That Murray is Criticizing McGinn on Gun Control?

Murray ridicules McGinn on gun control even though Murray's Democrats failed big on gun control this year in Olympia.

08/19/2013 By Josh Feit

McGinn: $400,000 More for Cops

Mayor Mike McGinn proposes spending $400,000 more for overtime to put officers at crime "hot spots" around the city.

08/16/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Vulcan, Hedreen Behind Big Donations to Ed Murray PAC

Who's behind the pro-Ed Murray PAC? We took a look.

08/20/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Tuesday Jolt: Mayor and (Bellevue) Council Edition

Tuesday's winners and losers.

08/20/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

Isn't It Weird That ...

Some weird things we noticed about the mayor's race and the mayor's gun violence initiative.

08/27/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Precinct by Precinct. Game Starts After Labor Day.

The primary results indicate a clear path to victory for both McGinn and Murray: Chip away at the other's stronghold.

08/30/2013 By ElectionNerd

A Very Cool Thing About McGinn, But...

How the Green mayor became the Blue mayor.

09/06/2013 By Josh Feit

Tuesday Jolt: The Mayor's Race Heats Up

Tuesday Jolt, featuring the mayor's race.

09/10/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

Extra Fizz: Election Edition

Some extra fizz about the mayor's race, districts, and I-522

09/26/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Friday Jolt: Neumos Founder Says Meinert "Does Not Speak for" Nightlife Community

Neumos and Spitfire co-owner Jerry Everard says his usual political ally, nightlife promoter and bar owner Dave Meinert, "does not speak for the music community."

10/04/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Steinbrueck Turns Out for Murray Event

Former mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck makes cameo at mayoral finalist Ed Murray's event.

10/03/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

A Race for the Future of Seattle

Lucky us. Both Mike McGinn and Ed Murray are well qualified to be the next mayor. Now if only we could decide whom to vote for.

11/01/2013 By Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit