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Nikkita Oliver speaks about running for a citywide Seattle City Council position

Nikkita Oliver speaks about running for a citywide Seattle City Council position

Nikkita Oliver (who uses "they" pronouns) was introduced to Seattle voters in 2017 when they ran unsuccessfully for Seattle mayor. They finished a narrow third in the race, garnering almost 17% of the vote. However, confronting racial and economic injusti

Registering the new voter: Why there's more to it

Registering the new voter: Why there's more to it

The 2018 mid-term elections and the 2020 general elections saw a massive surge of voting, as many people, especially the young, voted at the highest rate since 1900. This huge increase showed, with some unexpected results, that the care and feeding of the

Durkan Digest: one year since the first COVID-19 death

Durkan Digest: one year since the first COVID-19 death

This week, our region is reaching a sobering milestone. February 28, 2021, marks one year since Public Health - Seattle & King County confirmed the first COVID-19-related death in King County.

Before Marjorie Taylor Greene was tossed from House committees, she defended herself with transphobia

Before Marjorie Taylor Greene was tossed from House committees, she defended herself with transphobia

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), a believer in QAnon and other far-right conspiracy theories, has been stripped of her committee assignments in a bipartisan vote of the full House of Representatives.

Tent encampments are here to stay unless...

Tent encampments are here to stay unless...

The tents, dilapidated vehicles, and piles of trash you see in almost every Seattle neighborhood have become an enduring fixture. So has the human suffering.

KC Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announces re-election campaign for Position 5

KC Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announces re-election campaign for Position 5

King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove announced today he will seek re-election to the King County Council.

BIDEN INAUGURATED AS 46TH U.S. PRESIDENT

BIDEN INAUGURATED AS 46TH U.S. PRESIDENT

President Joe Biden's Inauguration Speech transcript - January 20, 2021 "Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: Bringing America together. Uniting our people. And uniting our nation," President Joe Biden said.

Biden's LGBT agenda for Day 1

Biden's LGBT agenda for Day 1

As a journalist covering LGBT issues, this will be the 8th presidential transition I've witnessed, from the Carter Administration to the Biden Administration. Of those 8 president-elects, no one has reached into the LGBT community as President-elect Joe B

Durkan Digest special edition: Our road to reopening and an equitable recovery starts with vaccinations

Durkan Digest special edition: Our road to reopening and an equitable recovery starts with vaccinations

There's no denying that 2020 was a difficult year. We faced so many overlapping crises, from the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic devastation, to the greatest civil rights reckoning in decades, to wildfires that choked our communities.

Rep. Smith on Capitol campus insurrection

Rep. Smith on Capitol campus insurrection

WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today issued the following statement in the midst of the protest that has overrun the Capitol campus during the proceedings to certify the 2020 g

Durkan Digest: Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021

Durkan Digest: Goodbye 2020, welcome 2021

2020 presented unprecedented challenges for cities across the world. While many families faced grief and loss, we saw the resiliency, compassion, and determination of our community, neighbors, friends, essential workers, and first responders to respond to

MARK MY WORDS: Mayor Pete will make a great Secretary of Transportation

MARK MY WORDS: Mayor Pete will make a great Secretary of Transportation

In my October Q & A with candidate Joe Biden, I asked whether he would put LGBT people in his cabinet. His answer was "I'll nominate and appoint federal officials and judges that represent the diversity of America, including LGBTQ+ individuals."

Broadway for Georgia releases special "Georgia on My Mind" recording and video in support of Fair Fight

Broadway for Georgia releases special "Georgia on My Mind" recording and video in support of Fair Fight

Producers Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, alongside Broadway superstar Audra McDonald, director Schele Williams, and Broadway Inspirational Voices' Joseph Joubert and Michael McElroy, announced today that they have released a very special recording and mu

Supreme Court rejects challenge to same-sex parents on birth certificates

Supreme Court rejects challenge to same-sex parents on birth certificates

The U.S. Supreme Court, which many predicted would roll back LGBTQ rights with its new 6-3 conservative majority, has turned down a request to hear a case that would have undercut the guarantee of full marriage equality for same-sex couples nationwide.

MARK MY WORDS: Georgia on my mind

MARK MY WORDS: Georgia on my mind

This column could be filled with the names of those in the LGBTQ community who expect or should be considered for position in the Biden/Harris administration

KC Council passes $12.59 billion biennial budget

KC Council passes $12.59 billion biennial budget

At a time of immense division across the political and social spectrum, the King County Council again demonstrated its ability to come together to invest in the region's future with the passage of a landmark $12.59 billion bu

Durkan Digest: Gov. Inslee's updated COVID-19 restrictions

Durkan Digest: Gov. Inslee's updated COVID-19 restrictions

Our region was home to the first COVID-19 outbreak in our nation nearly nine months ago. Our quick response, backed by science and recommendations from experts, made Seattle a leader in the nation, with some of the lowest rates of COVID-19 of any major ci

The journey to marriage equality in Washington state was approved 8 years ago this week

The journey to marriage equality in Washington state was approved 8 years ago this week

Before marriage equality became the law of the land in the United States in 2015, it was passed in the Washington state legislature in 2012, then affirmed by a public vote in the form of Referendum 74. The man who worked long and hard to achieve this vict

OP-ED: Crying foul over the Seattle LGBTQ Commission's call for Mayor Durkan's resignation

OP-ED: Crying foul over the Seattle LGBTQ Commission's call for Mayor Durkan's resignation

On October 15 the Seattle LGBTQ Commission voted 6-to-5, with one abstention, to request Mayor Jenny Durkan's resignation.

A conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan

A conversation with Mayor Jenny Durkan

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan won't be up for reelection until next year, but she did get some great news last week when the Washington State Supreme Court threw out the effort to recall her.

Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention

Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention

Read Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's speech to the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery

Kamala Harris' speech at the Democratic National Convention

Kamala Harris' speech at the Democratic National Convention

Read Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris' speech from the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery

HRC remembers civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis

HRC remembers civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, responded to the tragic news that US Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has passed away at the age of 80.

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan's remarks on the shutdown of CHOP

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan's remarks on the shutdown of CHOP

Following are Mayor Durkan's remarks delivered on July 1, 2020: