It's Election Day: We've gotta make one of the rich people mayor, elect a new city council member, and (hopefully) flip the port commission. There's also the sheriff's race, the city attorney's race, and that pivotal Eastside state senate seat. Keep an eye on Burien, too. The first results come in around 8 pm.
THAT MEANS YOUR BALLOT IS DUE: Today! It has to be either postmarked or in a drop box by 8 pm. Do you know where yours is? Click here for everything you need to know about what to do if you lost your ballot and where you drop it once it's filled out.
Don't Know Who to Vote For? Our legally binding endorsements are here. And here's a spreadsheet from the co-founder of Seattle Indivisible that lays out endorsements from a bunch of other groups in the city.
Don't Know Where to Party? Here's your complete guide to all the parties we know about.
Whatever Happens in the Mayor's Race, One Thing Is for Sure: We'll have the first woman mayor in 91 years.
Comcast Especially Terrible the Day Before They Probably Get Their Pick for Mayor: Did you have internet problems yesterday? Yeah, us too. Comcast customers across the country experienced issues with their service for more than two hours. Comcast has given $25,000 to the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce's PAC, which is working to elect Jenny Durkan. (Century Link has given another $35,500.) Durkan, unlike her opponent Cary Moon, does not support municipal broadband.
Is your internet down? Do you still have your ballot in hand? Stick it to Comcast by voting for @CaryMoon4Mayor and municipal broadband! pic.twitter.com/hjGBLW7Xyg
— Upgrade Seattle (@upgradeseattle) November 6, 2017
Seattle Home Prices Up 18 Percent: New data show the median price of a single family home in Seattle is 17.6 percent higher than this time last year with the median home now selling for $735,000, reports the Seattle Times.
The Latest on the Texas Shooting: As our elected officials continue to do nothing of substance to advance federal gun safety policies, the New York Times reports that the Air Force "failed to enter the man’s domestic violence court-martial into a federal database that could have blocked him from buying the rifle he used to kill 26 people."
Police Reform Advocates Raise Concerns about Proposed New Contract for High-Ranking SPD Officers: The city council was set to vote yesterday on a proposed contract for the Seattle Police Management Association but postponed that vote. The SPMA represents higher-ranking officers in the department. Among reformers' concerns with the new contract, reports Steven Hsieh: "The SPMA contract conflicts with a suite of reforms related to the disciplinary appeals process. The police accountability legislation requires a city-appointed body called the Public Safety Civil Service Commission (PSCSC) to review all disciplinary appeals. In contrast, the SPMA contract allows commanding officers to choose from the commission or an arbitrator to review appeals, which is the current practice for all unionized city employees. Some police reform advocates say arbitration is more likely to result in favorable outcomes for officers appealing discipline."
Women Who Work in Olympia Say Enough: "We stand together to change a culture that, until now, has too often functioned to serve and support harassers' power and privilege over protection of those who work with them," reads a letter signed by more than 150 women lawmakers, lobbyists, and others released yesterday, after multiple reports about alleged sexual harassment and assault in the state capitol. The letter calls for a culture change, education on sexual harassment and an improved process for reporting harassment or assault.
Jury Convicts Man of Posing as a Filmmaker to Lure Girls Into Prostitution: David Delay has been convicted of 17 felonies and faces up to life in prison, reports the Seattle Times. "To convince his victims, Delay would send them forged bank-account screenshots allegedly depicting profits from previous films, and a photograph of himself outside of an HBO office," the Times reports. "They would be asked to sign realistic-looking contracts, prosecutors said. Once in Seattle, purportedly as part of the documentary, Delay would coerce the women into prostitution. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Delay 'manipulated them emotionally and psychologically, isolated them [and] established their complete dependency on him.'"
Bainbridge Performing Arts Cancels Production of Bullets Over Broadway Because of Woody Allen's "Witch Hunt" Comments: BPA's executive director Dominique Cantwell said in a statement: "Given our national conversation about how women are treated or mistreated by men in positions of power, and given that Woody Allen has placed himself very publicly on what we consider the opposing side of the issue and has been advocating against a 'witch hunt' of the men perpetrating this culture of abuse, we have decided that we cannot promote or support him by paying royalties for his work."
"White Lives Matter" Banner Displayed in Tacoma: A similar banner incident happened a week ago in Gig Harbor and a Pierce County Council member says he also saw white nationalist fliers in his Gig Harbor neighborhood this summer, KNKX reports.