Washington State Governor's Debate: Follow The Stranger's Live Slog


Stranger staffers Heidi Groover and Sydney Brownstone will be live-blogging Washington state's second gubernatorial debate, between Governor Jay Inslee and his GOP challenger Bill Bryant. It begins at 8PM, following the conclusion of the presidential debate. Follow along right here.

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Presidential Debate: The Stranger's Live-Slog


Tonight is the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. It's Clinton v. Trump for 90 minutes and it's going to be streamed everywhere.

Stranger staffers will be live-slogging their analyses, reactions, and an occasional gif. Won't you keep us company and follow along right here in this very post?

How are the candidates preparing? Hillary Clinton is reportedly practicing for it. Donald Trump is apparently going to mostly roll with the punches as they come.

The debate itself begins at 6 p.m. PST, and if you need to drink along, Stranger Things To Do has the best places to watch.

After the presidential brawl, we'll be slogging right along to the governor's debate, with incumbent Jay Inslee taking on Republican Bill Bryant.

Mackerel Jordan Is as Fishy as Trump and Half as Ridiculous

In Saturday’s Derby County v. Blackburn Rovers Sky Bet Championship playoff game (which I'm sure means something to UK soccer fans), the halftime entertainment stole the show. Something called “Mackerel Jordan”—a fish dressed as a basketball player—swallows up one of the coaches, dances around for a while, then spits him out onto the field in his skivvies.

Speaking of people who are fishy...

EOD≠End of day today. We aren't going home, we're staying right here to live blog the presidential debate, where the facts from Trump will surely be redolent of last week's halibut.

h/t: ESPN

Savage Love Letter of the Day: Practically Married and Completely Sexless—And Want It To Stay That Way


I'm a 40+ year old woman. I've been practically married to a man who will be 50 soon. No kids. Just a condo. We have not had sex in a very, very, very long time. It's been years.

We had a pregnancy scare eight years ago. Maybe it was a miscarriage. Or Aunt Flow was really, really late. But, I peed on the stick and we made arrangements to terminate. I was able to cancel the appointment a day or so before. We did a happy dance then kept our hands to ourselves. He kept talking about getting a vasectomy. I didn't think it was necessary but he hasn't wanted to have sex since then. I was ok with the arrangement for a year or two, but then I cheated.

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Seattle Times Editorial Board Endorses Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users

This is what it looks like inside Vancouvers safe injection site, Insite.
This is what it looks like inside Vancouver's safe injection site, Insite. City of Seattle

In case you missed it, the sometimes completely idiotic Seattle Times Editorial Board got something right last week. The board officially endorsed safe injection spaces—places where people would be allowed to use drugs like heroin while having on-site access to healthcare staff to prevent overdoses. The sites would also offer information about treatment services.

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Mayor Delivers 2017 Budget Speech, Members of the Public Complain They Weren't Allowed In

We need not choose between reforming the police relationships with the community and having sufficient resources to respond to and investigate crime, Murray says in prepared remarks for his budget speech today.
Mayor Ed Murray pledges to continue work on police reform, while standing by his controversial commitment to hire 200 new police officers. City of Seattle

As he faces increasing pressure over the city's homelessness crisis and police reform, Mayor Ed Murray delivered his annual budget address to the Seattle City Council today, launching the council into two months of budget deliberations.

The speech—which included funding promises ranging from extended hours at community centers to electric car charging stations and a new streetcar—focused largely on the biggest issues facing the city: homelessness, education, police reform, and race. Murray promised to hire 200 new police officers, continue pursuing police reform, and spend $12 million in new money fighting homelessness.

Inside city council chambers, many of Murray’s pledges won applause from a crowd of his invited guests, but throughout the speech, the low hum of protest could be heard from downstairs. "Let us in!" chanted protesters in the lobby of City Hall, who were not allowed into chambers because of space constraints (more on that below).

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One More Gone From Pioneer Square: G. Gibson Gallery to Move Uptown

As of November, G. Gibson Gallery will be in the same building as On the Boards, the great contemporary performance center.
As of November, G. Gibson Gallery will be in the same building as On the Boards, the great contemporary performance center. Courtesy of the gallery

Adding to the end-of-an-era feeling at the Tashiro Arts development in Pioneer Square, yet another anchor tenant is moving out this year. G. Gibson Gallery, a venerable showplace of art that's a highlight of every First Thursday Art Walk, will move uptown to Queen Anne at the end of October.

G. Gibson will land in the same building at On the Boards, the great contemporary performance center. Thematically, it's a perfect fit, and the two also share the stretch with INCA Seattle, a fantastic and unusual little literary-contemporary gallery.

G. Gibson represents the work of artists from the modern period, including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and Alfred Stieglitz, but also many contemporary painters and photographers (many of them women), Susanna Bluhm and Samantha Scherer (showing now), Eirik Johnson, Thuy-Van Vu, Richard Misrach, Linda Davidson, Julie Blackmon, and Gala Bent, to name only a few. Gail Gibson is the widely respected head of the gallery.

Platform and PUNCH both left Pioneer Square this fall. CoCA and Zinc Contemporary took those leases. CoCA has been around a long time but is regrouping after a period of uncertainty and is a nonprofit, not a commercial gallery. Zinc is newer. There are few established traditional dealers in the neighborhood anymore—Greg Kucera is a block away, and a few blocks north are James Harris and Mariane Ibrahim.

I have a call in to Gibson to ask her why she's moving; I'll update when I hear.

Where to Watch the First Presidential Debate: 26 Spots Across Seattle

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Tonight is the first presidential debate of the 2016 election, and it's going to be streamed on essentially every screen in the city. To help you decide where you should commiserate with your fellow Seattleites while watching 90 minutes of Clinton v. Trump, we've compiled a list of debate-watching parties below where there will be comedy, karaoke, discussion, trivia, games, and (of course) plenty of alcohol. You can also see them all (including the sold-out Town Hall event) on our Things To Do calendar, and, wherever you end up tonight, make sure to check out The Stranger's live-Slog of the debate.

Hattie's Hat
Watch this historic debate with special cocktails, happy hour food, and a Trump drinking game at Hattie's Hat. From their poster: "Come celebrate the death rattle of democracy our fore fathers always dreamt of."

Cafe Presse
So you're watching US democracy devour itself like a crazed raccoon. Who cares? You're sipping Pouilly-Fuissé and snacking on petit' apéros, just like you're in France!

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Food News: Cafe Flora Turns 25, Ezell's Expands, and Paseo Heads to the Hill

Cafe Floras Oaxaca Tacos, a dish so popular that, when they were taken off the menu, irate customers successfully petitioned the restaurant to restore them.
Cafe Flora's Oaxaca Tacos are so popular that when they were taken off the menu, irate customers successfully petitioned the restaurant to bring them back. Cafe Flora

Seattle's Most Venerable Vegetarian Joint Clocks a Quarter Century

In October, Cafe Flora will celebrate 25 years of vegetarian goodness. The Madison Park mainstay opened in 1991, helping bring meatless dining to the masses.

“They were founded by four friends who wanted to create a place for locals to gather,” their anniversary press release notes, “and also support the opening of the Bailey-Boushay House, which in 1991 was not accepted by most of the neighborhood.” Bailey-Boushay House provides care and support for patients living with HIV/AIDS. Beyond being ahead of the curve on that, Cafe Flora has also been an early and ongoing champion of the farm-to-table movement.

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Two Weeks After Turning Down a $50K Record Deal, Olympia Punk Band G.L.O.S.S. Split Because Fame Is Too Stressful

G.L.O.S.S.: Being in the mainstream media, where total strangers have a say in something we’ve created for other queer people, is exhausting.
G.L.O.S.S.: "Being in the mainstream media, where total strangers have a say in something we’ve created for other queer people, is exhausting."

Rising Olympia-based, queercentric punk group G.L.O.S.S. have broken up, according to
maximumrocknroll.com. The news comes two weeks after the band made headlines for rejecting large indie label Epitaph's $50,000 record deal. G.L.O.S.S.'s members say that their meteoric popularity has simply stressed them out; they admit they've "become too large and unwieldy to feel sustainable or good anymore." G.L.O.S.S. plan to play Not Dead Yet Fest in Toronto (October 13-16) and one final show in the Northwest, with details of the latter to be determined. Read G.L.O.S.S.'s entire message from the Not Dead Yet site after the jump.

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The 39 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week

Dont miss San Francisco drag star Peaches Christ in the one-day live tribute to the documentary Grey Gardens, featuring local treasure Jinkx Monsoon, on Thursday.
Don't miss San Francisco drag star Peaches Christ in the one-day live tribute to the documentary Grey Gardens, featuring local treasure Jinkx Monsoon, on Thursday.

Our music critics have already chosen the 32 best concerts in Seattle this week, but now it's our arts critics' turn to pick their favorite events. Here are their picks in every genre—from the Northwest Tea Festival to the Macefield Music Festival, and from BenDeLaCreme's Inferno-A-Go-Go to A Raisin in the Sun. See them all below, and find even more events on our complete Things To Do calendar.

Debate Watching Parties
Well, America, we can't put it off much longer: it's time for Trump and Clinton to exchange extremely reasoned and thoughtful arguments in an atmosphere of calm respect. For screenings accompanied by comedy, karaoke, discussion, trivia, games, and (of course) plenty of alcohol, see our complete list of debate watching parties in Seattle.

Jonathan Safran Foer: Here I Am
I've been hearing mixed reviews about Here I Am, the first novel in over a decade from award-winning author and Natalie Portman confidante Jonathan Safran Foer. Christian Lorentzen from Vulture calls it "a Philip Roth novel in the style of a Hallmark card." But Publisher's Weekly gave it a star and calls it an intensely "imagined and richly rewarding novel." Where you fall along that spectrum will likely depend on whether you thought Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were masterful, genre-bending works of postmodern beauty or twee as fuck. There's only one way to find out. FYI: ticket price includes two copies of the book. RICH SMITH

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KOMO Reports Ranting of Gun Advocates at Olympia Rally After Cascade Mall Shooting

In Washington state, more people are killed by firearms than by car crashes, according to the governors office.
"In Washington state, more people are killed by firearms than by car crashes, according to the governor's office." AEDKA STUDIO/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM

This weekend, there were two rallies responded to the mass shooting in Burlington, Washington. One, happened in Olympia; the other, in Cal Anderson Park. The former was held by those who want to pour more guns into our already gun-crazy society, and the latter by those who want to restrict access to and place bans on certain types of guns. KOMO's story on these rallies is almost entirely devoted to the gun believers in Olympia and has this title: "Gun advocates: death toll at Cascade Mall could have been lower if witnesses had guns."

Nothing in the post challenges or even questions this logic. It is allowed to have equal standing with other statements that are consistent with the facts, which say, again and again, that gun violence in the U.S. is exceptionally high because guns are exceptionally easy to obtain in this country. The Trace has done an excellent job of packing these facts into one neat post. A post on Vox provides information about mass shootings, such as the fact that they annually constitute about two percent of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. Most Americans are either shooting themselves, or shooting someone they know, or accidentally getting shot.

A protester on the steps of the Capitol building told KOMO that because "99.9 percent of the time the police are not there immediately to respond," gun believers are "in the best position to respond when something happens." What overflows from this statement is insanity. In fact, I have heard the ravings of people high on powerful psychedelics that made more sense than the pro-gun arguments that KOMO, a respectable news institution, has presented as reasonable: guns deter guns.

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Gary Johnson Is a Moron (And If You Vote For Him, You Are Too)


Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson offered an outta this world solution on Sunday to the planet's environmental crises. "We do have to inhabit other planets. The future of the human race is space exploration," Johnson said on ABC's "This Week." Johnson was responding to a question about comments he made in 2011 at the National Press Club when he said people should think about global warming in the long term, because one day in the distant future, "the sun will engulf the Earth."

Josh Marshall took a long, hard look at today's shitty poll numbers—which don't look good for Clinton—and managed to pick out this kernel of corn:

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Does Seattle Need 200 More Police? The View from the Police vs. the View from One Local Police Abolitionist:

Does the city need 200 more police?
Does the city need 200 more police? The Stranger

Having helped bring a halt to plans for an expensive new North Seattle police station, the city’s Block the Bunker campaign—an organized local group of Black Lives Matter activists and supporters—has moved on to seventeen new demands, including: “Do not hire 200 more police officers... We demand that the City of Seattle prioritize the health, power, and future of our communities by divesting from policing and prisons.”

“We respectfully disagree with that concept,” said Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, a spokesperson for Seattle police.

Mayor Ed Murray, with the blessing of the city council, has raised business taxes in order to fund the additional police officers. The council will make decisions about how to budget those tax revenues over the next month, with Murray unveiling his specific budget proposals later today.

Without getting into the data (that's for a later post), here are two viewpoints from very different sides of the debate over the number of police Seattle should have. Keep in mind, these are not the only two viewpoints that exist out there. Among supporters of increasing the number of Seattle cops, and among Seattle activists pushing for police reform, there is a wide spectrum of thought.

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State AG Charges Trump Fanboy Tim Eyman Over "Shoddy Accounting," Improper Reporting

This guy? Shoddy accounting practices?
This guy? Shoddy accounting practices? tim eyman

Anti-tax initiative huckster and Donald Trump fanboy Tim Eyman is facing new allegations from the Washington State Attorney General's office today.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that three cases have been filed in Thurston County Superior Court against Eyman's political committees and their principals: Eyman, Jack Fagan, and Mike Fagan. (Mike Fagan is a member of the Spokane City Council.) The groups' treasurer, Barbara Smith, is also named. Eyman's group, Voters Want More Choices, has created multiple political committees to advocate for initiatives limiting taxes. In an announcement of the charges today, Ferguson's office said those committees' "shoddy accounting practices" and improper disclosure their funding and spending violated state law.

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