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Seattle Mayor Pardons Tofu Turkeys

AP | Posted 11.25.2014 | Weird News

SEATTLE (AP) — As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soy...

How Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City's Zuccotti Park

Peter Dreier | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

On Monday, Seattle struck a blow against rising inequality when its City Council unanimously adopted a citywide minimum wage of $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. This dramatic change in public policy is partly the result of changes brought about by last November's Seattle municipal elections. But it is also the consequence of years of activism in Seattle and around the country.

Doing the Minimum On Minimum Wage

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

We need more leadership from the top, as we had when the President came out for marriage equality and lit a fire under the movement and the party.

The Nature of Capitalism and the Challenge for the LGBT Community

Dana Beyer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

It's hard enough to overcome stigma and discrimination, particularly for minority populations, but when the underlying economic trends are tearing the country apart, the challenge becomes even more difficult.

Man Accused Of Threatening City's Openly Gay Mayor, Socialist Council Member

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-year-old man accused of threatening Seattle's openly gay mayor and a socialist City Council member in Facebook postings was orde...

Seattle Mayor Proposes $15 Minimum Wage For City Workers

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) hopes to raise the minimum wage for city workers to $15 an hour, KIRO 7 reports. Murray said Friday he wants a recommen...

Tuesday's Progressive Victories Show That the Tide Is Turning

Peter Dreier | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory to become the mayor of New York City, voters in New Jersey and Seatac, Washington supported minimum wage hikes, and the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage. These are among the progressive victories that swept across the country.

The Urban Stage on Election Day, Seattle Style

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In general, our mayor's race has been local in focus, without ample attention to how McGinn reflects, if not leads, the trend lines of changing cities everywhere.

In Seattle, A Mayoral Race With More Progressives, Less Sexting

Reuters | Posted 10.06.2013 | Politics

By Elaine Porterfield SEATTLE, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Seattle's Democratic Mayor Mike McGinn faces a tough hurdle to re-election on Tuesday...

Washington State Senate Elects Openly Gay Senator As Majority Leader

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 11.14.2012 | Gay Voices

Senator Ed Murray, D-Seattle, was elected as majority leader of Washington State Senate Tuesday, according to The Advocate. This makes Murray, 57, the...

Gay Washington Senator Remains Rooted In His Catholic Faith

The National Catholic Reporter | Julie Gunter | Posted 10.13.2012 | Gay Voices

This article first appeared on National Catholic Reporter. SEATTLE -- Two churches in Elma, Wash. -- one Catholic, one Episcopal -- share a bond of...

Freedom to Marry Bill Introduced in Washington State on Valentine's Day

Joe Mirabella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Mirabella

Washington State holds the title for being the only state to win an expansion of gay and lesbian rights at the ballot box. But the marriage campaign will be much more difficult.