Nikkita Oliver Concedes Mayoral Race, Will Not Endorse Cary Moon or Jenny Durkan

Nikkita Oliver says her campaign engaged voters directly impacted by housing instability and racial injustice.
Nikkita Oliver says her campaign engaged voters directly impacted by housing instability and racial injustice. HG

King County Elections certified final elections results today confirming that mayoral candidate Nikkita Oliver will not make it through to the general election.

In a press conference today, Oliver conceded the race but characterized her campaign as a victory because it offered ideas from people who directly live through housing instability, racial injustice, and other challenges often talked about by politicians who may not have same experiences.

"We have the ability to not just talk at a 30,000-foot view about equity, but to actually bring tangible, real solutions to the forefront of the discussion because we live these challenges," Oliver said. "As renters, as workers, as black and brown people, as the queer and trans community—we live these challenges every single day.”

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Temp Workers Describe Grueling Conditions at Whatcom County Blueberry Farm Where Mexican Became Fatally Ill

Blueberry fields at Sarbanand Farms
Blueberry fields at Sarbanand Farms SH

On August 4, roughly 60 Mexican workers stopped picking blueberries at Sarbanand Farm in Whatcom County to protest the alleged treatment of a colleague, Honesto Silva Ibarra, who fell ill on the job.

Silva Ibarra died two days later at Harborview Medical Center. Workers claim that farm management ignored requests from Silva Ibarra to see a doctor before his hospitalization. In a statement, Sarbanand Farm disputed that version of events, saying a manager called 911 after Silva Ibarra’s nephew reported his illness and that he never made any health complaints before the emergency call. The company added that it has paid to transport Silva Ibarra’s body back to Mexico, as well as a funeral. The King County Medical Examiner’s office has not yet released Silva Ibarra’s cause of death.

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Fox News Pundolt: The Confederate Flag and the Rainbow Flag "Represent the Same Thing"

These colors dont run. They sashay, gurl.
These colors don't run. They sashay, gurl.

Raw Story:

During an interview on Fox & Friends, [right-wing author Star] Parker said that it was “ironic” that so many people on the left wanted to bring down Confederate flags and monuments when they were simultaneously advocating for the rainbow flag that’s a symbol for LGBT rights. “You know what’s really interesting and really incredible irony here is the same people that are demanding that the Confederate flag comes down are the same people that are insisting that the rainbow flag goes up,” Parker said, via Media Matters. “These two flags represent the exact same thing."

Ah, yes. I remember it well. In 1974 the gay states seceded from the Union to defend our right to keep straight people as slaves. The first shots were downed at the Sip & Twirl on Fire Island on the morning of April 12, 1974, and the War of Hetero Aggression would go on for four and long bloody Mary years. As part of the terms of our surrender, the gays agreed to put Burt Reynolds on the cover of After Dark Magazine and allow the gay character played by Billy Crystal on Soap to get a girlfriend. The Confabulouscy may be a distant memory now but it's an important part of our heritage. Which is why we gays still fly the rainbow flag to this day.

97 Stranger (Than Usual) Things To Do In Seattle This Week: Aug 15-20, 2017

Little Hooves ranch will bring mini-horses to Ounces on Saturday so you can hang out with Lil Sebastians cousins.
Little Hooves ranch will bring mini-horses to Ounces on Saturday so you can hang out with Li'l Sebastian's cousins. Courtesy of Ounces

Our arts critics have already recommended 33 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 29 best concerts, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from the final weekend of the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire to Soul Pose Yoga, from a light saber battle to a Layne Staley tribute concert, and from Nordo's Food Theater Thunderdome to the unique offerings at the Washington Beer Collaboration Festival. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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1. National Poster Retrospecticus Pop-up
This touring handprinted poster show is free to peruse and full of tempting artwork—400 pieces by 150 designers—to buy.

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Outside Lands' Deafening Silence Over Charlottesville

No talk of Nazis this year.
No talk of Nazis this year. FILMMAGIC / GETTY

Nestled away in a corner of Golden Gate Park, the 10th anniversary edition of San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival unfurled over the past weekend. As 200,000 people meandered through the fog over the three-day festival, no amount of craft beer or local food could cloud the deafening silence over what was unfolding on the opposite coast in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Final Election Results Are In and It's Officially Moon vs. Durkan

Its over.
It's over. nate gowdy

It's official: Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon will face off in this fall's election to be Seattle's next mayor.

In the final primary election results certified today, urban planner Cary Moon took second place with 17.6 percent of the vote. Former U.S. attorney Jenny Durkan won first with 27.9 percent.

Educator and attorney Nikkita Oliver took third with about 17 percent. Since the primary election two weeks ago, Oliver's campaign has been chasing down challenged ballots in an attempt to catch up to Moon. In the final results, Oliver was 1,170 votes behind Moon.

Today was the last day to resolve challenged or missing signatures. According to King County Elections, 2,479 signature challenges remained unresolved.

Oliver will host a press conference at 4:30 today. To trigger an automatic recount, Oliver would have had to come within 2,000 votes and .5 percent of Moon. Unless Oliver announces her campaign will pay for a voluntary recount, it's over.

A debate between Moon and Durkan, sponsored by Seattle CityClub, KING 5, KUOW and GeekWire, has been scheduled for October 24 at Starbucks Support Center.

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Just The Tip


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Seattle Human Rights Commission Calls on Mayor Ed Murray to Resign

The Human Rights Commission is the latest in a string of groups calling on the mayor to resign.
The Human Rights Commission is the latest in a string of groups calling on the mayor to resign. DAVID RYDER / GETTY

In a brief letter today, the Seattle Human Rights Commission called on Mayor Ed Murray to resign from office.

The group, which advises city government on human rights issues, wrote today in solidarity with a letter last month from the LGBTQ Commission calling on the mayor to step down.

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A Nazi Will Greet Aliens When They Open the Spaceship Voyager

Nazi in space....
Nazi in space.... NASA

Now that we are talking about neo-Nazis, I want to bring up the most important and darkest passage in W.G. Sebald's only literary masterpiece, The Rings of Saturn. It concerns a Nazi officer who not only documented World War II atrocities authorized by German intelligence, but also approved the use of anti-Semitic propaganda in Russia.

This man, not named in Sebald's book, is Kurt Waldheim, an Austrian who joined the Nazi Party three years before the war, fought for two years, studied law near end of the war, and began his career as a diplomat right after it ended. In 1968, Waldheim became Foreign Minister of Austria. In 1972, he became the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations. In 1976, he recorded greetings on the Voyager Golden Record....

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Donald Trump Decides Charlottesville Killing Was the "Alt-Left's" Fault After All

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In a stunning reversal, used car salesman and U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at a Trump Tower press conference Tuesday afternoon that the deadly neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville last week was just as much the fault of "alt-left" as the neo-Nazis themselves.

The press conference started out as usual, with the President mistaking protestors outside Trump Tower for fans. "Great to be back in New York with all of our friends and some great friends outside the building," Trump said, with no hint of irony. After then rambling about infrastruture for a moment—the nominal reason for the conference—things quickly got weird:

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The Crazy, Bloody, Gossipy, Paint-Splattered, Deeply Inappropriate Show at Kremwerk on Saturday

Miss Texas 1988 crawling out of a table that became the bottom of her dress was the best entrance of the night.
Miss Texas 1988, my new favorite drag queen, made her entrance by crawling out of a hole in the center of that table. There's video of it below. CF

I'd never been to Cucci's Critter Barn until this past weekend, and I learned a few things:

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WSU Student James Allsup Wrote Hateful Posts on Facebook Before He Went to Charlottesville

Arent you glad Twitter-ers like @YesYoureRacist exist?
Aren't you glad Twitter-ers like @YesYoureRacist exist? screenshot from twitter

Washington State University student James Allsup, who was recently outed as a participant in the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on August 12, stepped down from his position as the school’s College Republicans club president on Monday. On Twitter, Allsup, who claimed he attended the rally in a media capacity, wrote that his resignation was “already in [the] works” before the rally and that it was his decision to “expedite” the process.

"WSU CRs had no involvement in #UniteTheRight and they as a group should not be held accountable for any individual's alleged actions," he tweeted.

In a statement, College Republicans National Committee Chairman Chandler Thornton condemned the "vile, racist, and cowardly acts committed by white supremacists in Charlottesville."

WSU President Kirk H. Schulz also posted a series of tweets condemning the actions by white nationalists in Charlottesville.

"Universities are places where controversial voices must be heard – even those voices that many in our community disagree with," he wrote. "We will continue university-wide conversations with the WSU community on how to best support everyone. There are no easy answers."

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Chinese Bike-Share Startup to Launch in Seattle Thursday


Seattle Bike Blog reports that Limebike and Spin, purveyors of the stray orange and green bicycles that have been dotting Seattle sidewalks all summer, are about to have some competition: Beijing-based ofo has received a permit from the Seattle Department of Transportation to launch 1,000 bikes in the city. And that launch is happening Thursday.

ofo is already popular in China. The company claims to have over 20 million registered users, and as of Feburary, it was valued at $1 billion—which they're going to need the first time someone gets creamed by a dump truck on one of these things. Like Limebike and Spin—and despite Seattle's mandatory helmet laws—ofo doesn't provide helmets but does encourage users to bring their own. Because what people who don't have bikes do have is helmets.

Here's my question: Sure, bike-shares are doing well now, in the middle of a record dry summer, but who is going to ride these things when the rain starts and the clouds roll in and it's dark for 20 hours a day? Get me a bike-share with a motor, some body armor, and a roof, then let's talk.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal Introduces Resolution To Fire White Supremacists From White House

Good luck.
Good luck. Courtesy of Pramila Jayapal

While the President is busy calling the press "truly bad people," retweeting alt-right conspiracy theorists, and condemning Nazis and the KKK three days after the tragedy in Charlottesville—and even then only after pressure from his staff—Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is busy introducing a resolution demanding that Trump "terminate from employment... and prohibit the hiring of individuals in the White House or the Trump Administration who have supported or encouraged support for White supremacists."

The press release calls out "Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka" by name.

Thirty-one representatives co-sponsor the bill, and House Minority leader Nanci Pelosi is all over the news calling for Trump to fire Bannon, too. But if you thought, as I just thought, that there's no way Republicans will adopt this resolution, then we both should be concerned, but not surprised.

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"Go Back to Europe" Was the Best Sign I Saw at the Anti-White-Supremacy March on Sunday

Taken at 5th Avenue and Virginia Street around 3:15 pm.
Taken at 5th Avenue and Virginia Street around 3:15 pm. CF

Although there was something to be said for the simplicity of this one:

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