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Health Care Advocate Bevin McLeod Runs for Open State Senate Seat in Northeast Seattle

Last year, she successfully pushed lawmakers in Olympia to pass the strongest universal health care legislation Harvard economist Dr. William Hsiao had seen in a decade.
Last year, she successfully pushed lawmakers in Olympia to pass "the strongest" universal health care legislation Harvard economist Dr. William Hsiao had seen in a decade. COURTESY OF THE CAMPAIGN
On Tuesday morning, longtime universal health care lobbyist and current Washington State Department of Natural Resources external affairs director Bevin McLeod announced her campaign to run for the state Senate seat in northeast Seattle's 46th Legislative District, which — if the current redistricting lines hold — runs from Windermere to Green Lake and then up past Northgate.

As program director of Health Care for All Washington and then later as president of the larger nonprofit, Alliance for a Healthy Washington, McLeod spent a lot of her time pushing lawmakers in Olympia to stand up state and/or regional universal health care programs. Last year the Legislature passed a law establishing a permanent universal health care commission, which spits out annual recommendations to lower costs and increase access to health care and also grants agencies the authority to implement those recs if they can. Now McLeod wants to expand her progressive vision to include and improve all "the social determinants of health," she said in an interview.

"The health care delivery system is only one piece of the pie. We need quality education, quality homes people can afford, and we need food security. We’ve siloed these issues for too long, but the reality is it’s all connected. We can’t have healthy food and water to feed growing minds if we don’t have sustainable environmental policies as well," she added.

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Here Comes The Comeback: New Queer Bar Eyes December Opening in SoDo

Just add people.
Just add people. Floyd Lovelady

Floyd Lovelady is nearly ready to open The Comeback, a new bar located two and a half blocks from the SoDo stadiums. But before the doors can open, it’ll need a few more finishing touches — for example, doors.

“They’re in the middle of the ocean right now,” he says, surveying the currently boarded-up entryways that will (hopefully) soon be replaced by working doors. Aside from minor details like those, the venue’s nearly ready to make its debut — possibly this month, if everything goes according to plan.

Though this is the first time Lovelady has owned a bar, for years he was the general manager at R Place, the recently shuttered anchor of Capitol Hill queer nightlife. Lovelady’s presence makes The Comeback, at least in part, R Place’s spiritual successor. But, he says, the new venue will be something entirely new.

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New Savage Love: ShareAbortionPill.Info

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I’m a fan from Italy, so please excuse my English. I’ve been in a hetero relationship with my boyfriend for seven years, we’re both around 30, and we love each other and blah blah blah. Sex is very good but quite standard since we have no particular kinks or fetishes. I always reach orgasm before penetration, but only with fingering. It turns me on when he goes down on me, but it doesn’t “do the trick.” After I come, I feel something is missing if we don’t have penetrative sex that ends with him coming inside me. But because that part isn’t a lot of fun for me—being penetrated doesn’t make me come, and I’m being penetrated after I come—I usually urge him to come quickly, which is a bit frustrating for him. Is it weird that I need this kind of “closure” to sex? Is it weird that I want him coming inside me under these conditions? Where does this need come from? I’m sure you’ll have a great answer!
Weird Orgasmic Needs Defy Easy Rationales

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The Detroit Building James and Jennifer Crumbley "Appeared to Be Hiding In" Was Designed by a Great American Architect


At around 1:45 am Saturday morning, officers of the Detroit Police Department located and arrested the parents (James and Jennifer Crumbley) of the boy (Ethan Crumbley) accused of killing four students and wounding seven others at Michigan's Oxford High School on Tuesday, November 30. An investigation of the mass killing soon revealed that on Black Friday the boy had tagged along with his father as he purchased the weapon used in "the seventh major school shooting in Michigan since 1978", a 9 mm Sig Sauer SP2022 semiautomatic pistol. (Some reports claim it was a Christmas present to the boy.)

Three days later, a teacher caught young Crumbley looking for ammo on his phone while in class. The school attempted to contact the mother about the incident, but she, a gun-loving Trump supporter, did not respond to them. Instead, she texted this to her boy: "LOL I’m not mad. You have to learn not to get caught.” Not long after that, America, the land of so many negative freedoms, sent its prayers and thoughts to Oxford High School.

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Slog AM: Voting Ends at 8 pm Today, Biden Weighs Sanctions Against Russia, Time to Check Out the Best Christmas Displays in Town

If you havent voted NO on the recall yet, then you only have until 8 pm this evening to do so.
If you haven't voted NO on the recall yet, then you only have until 8 pm this evening to do so. RS

Today's the day: At 8:15 pm, King County Elections will release the first round of results in the election to retain or recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant. As ever, the Stranger Election Control Board will cover the ballot drop right here on Slog, as well as any election night parties we can find. Members of the Sawant camp who aren't in the streets gathering last-minute votes plan to collect themselves at Chop Suey on Capitol Hill at 6:45 pm to warm up and watch the return. Recall campaign manager Henry Bridger II continues to ignore emails from The Stranger, so we don't know where they plan to party if they indeed plan to. If you do know the location, then shoot me an email so we can cover it.

The deadline to vote is 8 pm today: If you live in District 3 — which includes Capitol Hill, First Hill, the Central District, Madison Park, Madrona, Leschi, Little Saigon, and parts of surrounding neighborhoods — and you have not yet voted, then do not put your ballot in the mail; put it in any of the drop boxes around town.

If you live in those neighborhoods but have not registered to vote, then register / vote in person at a voting center. You'll find the center in the west room of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, and it's open from 8:30 am to 8 pm.

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Slog PM: Perdue Runs for Georgia Governor, U.S. Plans a Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics, Seattle's District 3 Has One More Day to Vote

A reminder to vote if you live in District 3.
A reminder to vote if you live in District 3. KELLY O

District 3 residents, have you voted on the recall of Councilmember Kshama Sawant yet? If not, get to it, people! According to the latest from King County's election data, over 38% of registered district voters have returned their ballots. Based on neighborhood trends from recent elections, more moderate areas of the district—areas in the north and around the eastern shore, with more homeowners than renters—have the highest turnout so far. The more left-leaning Central District and Pike/Pine corridors are seeing a bump in turnout, but The Stranger's Rich Smith's predictions aren't optimistic. For the undecideds (still!?!?), I humbly submit the Stranger Election Control Board's endorsement of the Vote No campaign.

It's gonna get gross: Former Georgia Senator David Perdue just announced he'll run for governor, launching a primary fight against current Georgia governor Brian Kemp in what will be a battle for the bleakest, most conservative vision of the Peach State. If you'll remember, Perdue ate shit earlier this year after losing a runoff election to current Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff. He's already dropped a video aimed at Kemp, GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

The Department of Justice sues the Lone Star State over its new legislative maps: The suit—targeting both the U.S. congressional map and the state House one—claims that the redistricting plan drawn by Texas lawmakers violates the Voting Right Acts, discriminating against both Black and Latino voters, reports CNN. Texas picked up two seats in the U.S. House thanks to a surge in population growth, 95% of which was fueled by people of color, according to census data. But—fuck this noise—the two new seats were designed to have white voting majorities.

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With Only a Day Left to Vote, Renters Still Appear to Lag Homeowners in Sawant Recall Election

This isnt a winning map for Sawant.
This isn't a winning map for Sawant. King County Elections

With only one more day to vote to retain or recall Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, wealthy neighborhoods continue to dominate ballot returns. At the same time, conservative media and right-wing activists are scraping the bottom of their barrels for more shit to throw at Sawant's campaign.

According to the latest statistics from the County, with more than 38% turnout so far, the landed gentry along Lake Washington have returned ballots in higher concentrations than the voters in District 3's denser core. King County Elections estimates a 50% turnout by the time the polls close. If that guess is correct, and if neighborhood trends from recent elections hold, then—absent a big push from renters over the next 24 hours—the strategy of abusing the recall process to remove politicians who pose a mild threat to the bottom lines of real estate tycoons and developers will likely prevail.

Though last-minute voters lean progressive in Seattle, the rich returned a whole lotta ballots last week:

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It's Time to HUMP! You've Got Two More Days to Send Us Your Porn!

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The deadline for HUMP! 2022 submissions is coming up VERY SOON, so get us your five-minute-or-less dirty movie by December 8th! All creative types are invited to submit short films showcasing whatever YOU think is sexy. Hardcore, softcore, live action, animated, kinky, vanilla, straight, gay, lez, bi, trans, genderqueer, serious, humorous—anything goes at HUMP! (Well, almost anything: No poop, no animal sex, no minors.) So if you’re an amateur filmmaker, a porn star, or a porn-star wannabe, now’s the time to get working on your dirty little masterpiece!

Films that make it into HUMP! will have an initial run in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, and San Francisco, and prizes are awarded by audiences in a free and fair election for Best Sex, Best Kink, Best Humor, and Best in Show. Then the festival goes on tour throughout the rest of the country!

All the details on making and submitting a film for HUMP! are at www.humpfilmfest.com/submit. There’s no charge to enter (what’s up with film festivals that charge to submit?!?) and best of all, all filmmakers who have a film selected will share a portion of the profits. And you don’t have to be an experienced filmmaker to get a movie into the festival. Films made by first-time filmmakers using their phones screen at HUMP! alongside films made by professionals.

Get in on the action! Make a film and get it to us by December 8th!


Confetti Cannons, Tacky Sweaters, and Ho-ho-hoing: Here Comes Ginger Minj's New Holiday Show

There were never such devoted sisters.
There were never such devoted sisters. Ginger Minj
The persistent sound of jingling bells has plagued me for the past week, and you know what that means: either I’m having a stroke, or it’s almost time to see as many drag queen holiday shows as possible.

You will no doubt partake in the annual traditions of our hometown heroines — Scott Shoemaker’s War on Christmas!; The Dina Martina Christmas Show; The Return of The Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show, LIVE! (Seattle emeritus 😭); Agatha Crusty Goes A-Carolin’ — but what of the touring gals who are here but briefly on their winter-time flights around the world?

This year, Ginger Minj’s Winter Wonderland dashes through what snow Seattle can muster at the Broadway Performance Hall on December 10 and 11. Ginger is a particularly delightful performer, and promises “nostalgic, wintry, and cozy feels,” which I think we could all use right now. And though she’s a busy bumblebee with tour preparations right now, the lady herself consented to a quick interview about confetti cannons, interfaith families, and tacky sweaters on party guests.

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The Top 46 Events in Seattle This Week

Sundays LüChi Takeover at Supernova promises drag and burlesque performances, live music, and a whole lot of mystical wonder with Seattles favorite drag duo.
Sunday's LüChi Takeover at Supernova promises drag and burlesque performances, live music, and a whole lot of mystical wonder with Seattle's favorite drag duo.
It's a big week for big names here in Seattle, Washington. From a night of stand-up with Ronny Chieng to a concert with Laura Marling, from SMooCH 2021 with Modest Mouse, Shaina Shepherd, and Josiah Johnson to a virtual chat with Annie Leibovitz, and from the Dina Martina Christmas Show to A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Jose Gonzales Trio, we've compiled our picks through Sunday below to help you sort out your schedule. 

MONDAY


FILM

Silent Movie Mondays
Every year, the Seattle Theatre Group pairs screenings of under-appreciated silent films with live musical scores, often performed on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ. This year's series kicks off with Yakov Protazanov's sci-fi classic Aelita: Queen of Mars, making way for Santa-centric silents next week.
Paramount Theatre (Downtown)

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Slog AM: Omicron Variant Reaches Washington, Seattle Times Uneasy About Commoners Voting, and Who Is the Mystery Man Who Likes the Traffic in Pike Place Market?

New rule, only colorful novelty cars should be allowed in the market.
New rule: Only colorful novelty cars should be allowed in the market. David Ryder / getty Images Stringer

Omicron cases confirmed in Washington. The Department of Health has confirmed three cases of the Omicron variant — a man in his thirties in Thurston County, a man in his twenties in Pierce, and a woman in her twenties in King County. It’s getting pretty hard to find vaccine booster appointments — most online schedulers I checked are either fully booked, or have a monthlong wait list, but I found some local availability through the CDC’s search tool. Don’t wait.

Is this the worst thing the Seattle Times has ever printed? In an utterly bananas rant this weekend, the editorial board clutched their pearls at the sight of Sawant supporters helping renters vote. “Sawant's allies have erected a handful of sidewalk tents around renter-dense Capitol Hill,” they fume, with organizers “energetically denouncing the recall while offering assistance with casting ballots.” Can you imagine??? Poor people, voting? “Hands-on activism,” the board sniffs, and ends on a call for such activities to be outlawed. Of the nine people on the Seattle Times editorial board, only two are registered to vote in Seattle; the rest range from Tacoma to Snohomish to Kirkland.

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Slog PM: Murray and Cantwell Don't Rule Out Filibuster Abolition to Protect Abortion, WA Supreme Court Punts on Redistricting, When Can We Start Listening to Christmas Music?

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell co-sponsor a bill to codify Roe into federal law along with 46 other Senators.
Along with 46 other Senators, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell co-sponsor a bill to codify Roe into federal law. But that's not gonna be enough. David Ryder / GETTY

The Supreme Court of the United States will likely overturn Roe in June: To protect abortion for everyone in the country, the Senate would need to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the right into federal law. Senate Democrats would also need to abolish the filibuster to prevent Republicans from inevitably trying to obstruct the bill's passage. The first problem: According to NBC, Senate Democrats don't have 50 votes to protect abortion.

Who are the holdouts? West Virginia coal baron Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Catholic Bob Casey. Manchin hasn't taken a position yet, and Casey "personally opposes abortion." Sen. Susan Collins supports a watered down version of the bill, so if she plays ball then Schumer would need to get either of those two guys onboard. But even if Schumer pulled that off, he'd then need to abolish the filibuster, which Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema oppose with their bought little hearts.

Washington's Senate delegation supports the bill, but would they blow up the filibuster for abortion? In an email, Sen. Cantwell said she would "support getting Roe v. Wade codified in whatever way we can." Sen. Murray said, "nothing can be off the table." Both said their primary focus now lies in "building support" for the WHPA within their own caucus. Thanks, Democrats!

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Vote NO on the Kshama Sawant Recall

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Kelly Bjork

Usually the Stranger Election Control Board spends the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas thinking up new ways to smuggle pot on an airplane, but this year a group of Kshama Sawant haters endeavored on some weaselly recall nonsense, so now we have to spend this time thinking about yet another fucking election. Luckily, this time only one question will appear on the ballot, and the answer is easy.

If you're a registered voter who lives in Seattle's District 3 — which includes Capitol Hill, the Central District, Madison Park, Madrona, Leschi, and parts of surrounding neighborhoods — then you should receive a ballot in the mail by Friday, November 19. (If you don't receive a ballot that day, then check out VoteWA to see if you're registered. If you're not registered, you have until November 29 to do so online or by mail. If you believe you should have received a ballot but did not, then call the elections department at 206-296-8683 after Monday, Nov. 22, to figure out what’s going on.) When you get your hands on that ballot, rip open the envelope, fill out the "Recall No" bubble, slip it in the nearest drop box before December 7 at 8 pm, and then curse the Recall Sawant campaign for this goddamned tedious waste of time and energy.

Even if you harbor strong disagreements with Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant, it is plainly undemocratic to overturn the will of the 2019 electorate with a recall vote sandwiched between two major travel holidays. The district's local Democratic Party organization opposed this recall for exactly that reason, and they're right.

Though King County hasn't scheduled an election in December since it started keeping records in 2004, so-called "special elections" such as this one draw 25% less turnout on average. If successful, the right-wingers and corporate landlords funding this campaign will use this same tactic to go after every progressive leader who threatens their financial interests in Seattle and in the 30 other states across the country that allow for recalls in local elections.

Let's be clear on that point.

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This Week in Seattle Food News: Lady Yum Brings Macarons to Bellevue, Dough Zone Opens in Kirkland, and Goofy's Says Goodbye

Sip bubbly and savor macarons at Lady Yums Bellevue grand opening this weekend.
Sip bubbly and savor macarons at Lady Yum's Bellevue grand opening this weekend. Lady Yum

Welcome back to a new edition of food news! This week, Lady Yum brings macarons and champagne to Bellevue, Dough Zone comes to Kirkland, and Stumbletown slings Italian-style sandwiches in Ballard. Plus, Goofy's Bar says goodbye after 48 years, and the team behind the natural wine pop-up Juice Bar plans Otherworld Wine Bar. Read on for all of that and more culinary updates. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

NEW OPENINGS AND RETURNS


CrackleMi
This fast-casual Vietnamese spot opened in Ballard in mid-November, with a menu of bánh mì, vermicelli noodle bowls, and broken rice bowls with proteins like spicy lemongrass tofu, soy-braised pork belly, pork chop, dark soy tofu, and grilled pork. Other sides include spring rolls, egg rolls, and daikon spare rib soup.
Ballard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

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