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  1. by Sara Burnett - Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Pete Buttigieg, the little-known Indiana mayor who has risen to prominence in the early stages of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, made his official campaign entrance Sunday [April 14, 2019] by claiming the mantle of a youthful generation ready to reshape the country. 'I recognize the audacity of doing this as a Midwestern millennial mayor,' he said to cheers of 'Pete, Pete, Pete' from an audience assembled in a former Studebaker auto plant. 'More than a little bold, at age 37, to seek the highest office in the land.' In the hours after his announcement, more than $1 million in donations poured in, said Lis Smith, speaking for the campaign. The South Bend mayor, a Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan War veteran who has been essentially campaigning since January, has joined a dozen-plus rivals vying to take on President Donald Trump. 'The forces of change in our
  2. Mayor Jenny Durkan responds to threats by President Trump to retaliate for Seattle's status as a welcoming city Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement last Friday [April 12, 2019] in response to threats by the President of the United States to retaliate against Seattle for its status as a Welcoming City: 'Time and again, we have seen this administration weaken the moral standing of America and undermine true public safety. It is time for Congress to act to stop the President's repeated attempts to punish perceived enemies and stop his cruel, divisive, and unlawful attacks on our immigrant and refugee communities. This threat is yet another inhumane proposal from a White House that continues to separate children from parents and hold them in deplorable conditions. It is against our values to use people - including children and families in crisis - as political pawns. Seattle will continue to fight for the dignity of every person
  3. Seattle Central College instructors rally and march down Broadway by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Instructors at Seattle Central College walked out of their classes on April 16 and - joined by students, college staff, and community supporters - marched down Broadway to dramatize their demands that the state invest in its college system. 'The walkout is intended to illustrate the crisis faced by the community and technical colleges (CTCs) because of the state legislature's failure to adequately fund programs, salaries, and student support,' organizers from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 1789 said in a statement. The walkout also extended to the North and South campuses of the Seattle Colleges system, schools represented by AFT 1789. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, herself a member of AFT 1789, spoke at a noontime rally at Central College's South Plaza. Other AFT loc
  4. Proposed ordinances would cap rent increases, give more money for relocation by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant debuted two rent control proposals at a City Hall press conference on April 15. One would cap rent increases by linking them to inflation. The second would make landlords pay extra relocation money to tenants who have to move because of high rent increases. The cap on rent increases would only take effect if and when the state legislature repeals its ban on municipal rent control legislation. That ban took effect in 1981, after intense lobbying by real estate brokers convinced state lawmakers to preempt local efforts to keep rent affordable. If the City Council passes Sawant's proposal, it would take effect immediately after the state ban is repealed. According to Sawant, this would put pressure on state legislators to allow cities and countie
  5. Robert Sondheim was a fifth generation Seattleite who lived mostly in the Magnolia and Queen Anne areas of Seattle. He was the son of Harold Sondheim (deceased) and Sally (Reingold) Sondheim of Bainbridge Island. He attended Queen Anne High School and graduated from Willamette University in Salem Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Economics. After college Robert worked for political campaigns for both the state legislature and the Seattle City Council; and, for one year at the Washington State Capitol in the leadership office suite. Robert was a co-owner of Rosebud Restaurant with his business partner, John on Capitol Hill for 17 years, a notable place to hang out in the Pike-Pine corridor. Mayors, city and county officials, and local Capitol Hill residents liked to dine at Rosebud. There were many autographed photos of movie stars from Robert's family connections in Hollywood along with the famous Rosebud snow sleds that