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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Something Big Happened: Shots and Sirens at 29th and Yesler

Posted by on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 10:49 PM

My apartment overlooks I-5. About a half hour ago, I saw about 20 squad cars rushing down I-5 South, sirens blaring. Seattle Times is reporting that an officer was shot shortly after 10 pm between 29th & Yesler Way, and that his condition is unknown.

Boo!

Posted by on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 4:19 PM

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So my boyfriend and I live in a house on one of those flat blocks on Capitol Hill that is absolutely overwhelmed with trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I'm not complaining! I love Halloween and we do the house up and have people over and pass out hundreds of dollars worth of candy every year. But mixed in with all the happy kids who come in costume—kids who come from all over the freakin' city (good luck finding a place to park anywhere near our neighborhood after 6 PM)—are the usual 'tween and teenagers who are too cool for costumes but not to cool for mini-Snickers and individually wrapped Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. They look embarrassed to be standing on your porch. They mumble "trick-or-treat" without making eye contact. They carry pillow cases, not plastic pumpkins. They don't come in costume. Everyone complains about older these older kids but no one is prepared to do anything about them.

Except us.

For these trick-or-treaters—older kids who aren't in costumes—we lay in a few bags of peeled-and-wrapped garlic cloves. We mix 'em into the bowl with the rest of the candy so they're handy, but we're careful to only give 'em to older kids who don't come in costume. The garlic says, "My, you're getting up there," and, "Gee, you could at least make an effort." We think everybody should do it.

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Now Playing: Sonic Tales

Posted by on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 3:18 PM

This event at the Moore looks promising for the early end of Halloween, 2009:

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A massive collaboration from Degenerate Art Ensemble that is part dance spectacle and part concert, a little bit punk-rock and a little bit Butoh. Featuring musicians Joshua Kohl and Jeffrey Huston, dancers Haruko Nishimura, Trinidad Martinez (Pat Graney Company), and Marissa Niederhauser (Maureen Whiting Company), set designer (and Stranger Genius) Jennifer Zeyl, video by Leo Mayberry, and many, many more. Sonic Tales should float by like a dreamy, postmodern fairy tale.

For the late end: Rumor has it Orkestar Zirkonium will assemble at Cal Anderson Park around 11 to march around and inflict their delightful Balkan brass-band havoc on the Halloween drunks.

Tuesday Heartbreak?

Posted by on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Or Tuesday delight?

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Either way, join us to celebrate and/or commiserate. Our team of drunks, pornographers, and Stevie Wonder enthusiasts will be out on the town getting reactions from the candidates and sharing it all with you, the loyal readers of Slog.

XOXO

PS — Remember to mail in your ballot.

Reading Today

Posted by on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 10:10 AM

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One reading today, and it is not Hallo-themed.

Amy Whitaker, who has worked for every major museum in the world except for Seattle's own Olde Curiosity Shop, reads from her new book Museum Legs: Fatigue and Hope in the Face of Art at Elliott Bay Book Company. Here's what the book is about:

Museum Legs—taken from a term for art fatigue—starts with a question: Why do people get bored and tired in art museums and why does that matter? As Whitaker writes in this humorous and incisive collection of essays, museums matter for reasons that have less to do with art as we know it and more to do with business, politics, and the age-old question of how to live. Maybe the great age of museums will yet be a great age of creativity and hopeful possibility in everyday life.

I had never heard the term museum legs before. Delightful! I wonder if there's an equivalent for people who attend too many bookstore events. Readings ass?

The full readings calendar, including the next week or so, is here. And if you're planning on staying in and you're looking for personalized book recommendations, feel free to tell me the books you like and ask me what to read next over at Questionland.

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The Morning News

Posted by on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 8:36 AM

Pay Up, Joe's Friends: PAC supporting Mallahan fined $5,000 for not reporting $100,000 or so in contributions.

So The Banks Can Fuck You Over Slightly Less Severely: Democratic leaders in Congress are pushing for tighter rules on bank overdrafts.

Business on "Business Candidate" Mallahan: They'd rather have the other guy.

Yeah, That'll Fix Everything: The solution to "plagued with uncertainty" Pioneer Square? Hang some banners from stuff that say it's Pioneer Square, I guess.

You Know What? Fuck Him: Sen. Joe Lieberman hints at more douchebaggery in 2010, saying he "probably will support some Republican candidates for Congress."

They're Trying to Set Canada on Fire! The Olympic torch crossed into Victoria, B.C. yesterday.

Ooh, Their Politicians Are Crooked Too: Former French President Jacques Chirac headed to trial, accused of handing public money over to his friends.

It's Cool, It Was Just Some Stupid Workers: Oil company BP will challenge an $87.4 million fine handed down for a refinery explosion that killed 15 employees.

Obama on the HIV Travel Ban: It's no more.

Hey, Go Get a Flu Shot, You Communist: CDC says only half of the people who most need swine flu vaccine are getting it.

Websites Without Letters: Well, letters from our alphabet at least—the internet's governing body will start to allow domain names with non-Latin characters.

Well. They Never Invited ME: White House visitors list released. Surprise! It's famous people and business executives.

Fourth-Biggest to Fail This Year, If You're Counting: California National Bank the latest seized by the feds.

Isn't Real Botox Bad Enough? Salon owner found guilty of giving fake anti-wrinkle injections.

And After All Your Costumed Shenanigans Tonight: Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pro-Mallahan PAC Fined $5,000

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Seattlepi.com has the story:

A political action committee supporting Joe Mallahan's bid for mayor was fined $5,000 Friday by Seattle's election watchdog for failing to properly report more than $100,000 in contributions from city firefighters and conservative business interests.

Wayne Barnett, executive director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission, said the charges against the Working for Seattle PAC were "the most serious" in his five years on the job.

"It is unparalleled," Barnett said at a commission hearing. "$100,000 was raised 21 days before the election and nobody knew about it until this week."

The City By The Salish Sea

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Make a note of it, Seattle. That's what you are:

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Board on Geographic Names today approved a proposal to use ‘Salish Sea’ as the collective name for the body of water that includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Georgia Strait.

God I love a Board on Geographic Names. Actually, what I really love is the United States Board on Geographic Names, which I first encountered during the great squaw debate in Oregon. This mighty federal board weighs important matters such as whether to change the name of, say, Oregon's Squaw Creek, or Yellowstone's Chinaman Spring, or Florida's Jewfish Creek. It is my dream to one day sit on this board.

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"He's Called the Crawling Chaos, 'Cause He Can't Walk Yet"

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:32 PM

This seems like a pretty appropriate video to watch just before Halloween weekend:

I appreciate how the narrator gets all the tricky Lovecraftian pronunciations exactly right.

(Via Topless Robot.)

Who Hates Us More?

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM

We were trying to be super nice to City Attorney Tom Carr and King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison, but somehow things turned out terribly wrong. For instance, we thought voters would appreciate knowing Hutchison's rich history with the right-wing Washington Policy Center, Discovery Institute, and Republican candidates—it's her heritage—but it turns out Hutchison was trying to run as a "nonpartisan." Whoops. And our character profile, based on discussions with her past colleagues, was equally unbecoming. Meanwhile, our earnest attempts to illustrate Carr as a tough-on-crime bulldog who went toe-to-toe with petulant club owners accidentally portrayed Carr as a hamfisted bully. When I was at City Hall earlier today and ran into Carr, he didn't seem so thrilled to see me. Nor was Hutchison in September when she saw me at the back of a suburban town hall—taking careful notes about her plans to decimate human services. If it seemed unflattering, it's all a terrible misunderstanding. But the damage is done. So now, with the election just four days away, here's the question:

The Sign of Four

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:47 PM

The week of Lawrence Halprin's timely death is also the week that his famous park, Freeway Park, appears in Police Beat.

What I wrote:

Despite the many dangers of Freeway Park, despite its eerie maziness, I still rate it as the most important and stimulating park in this city. No amount of crime will stop me from loving this strange and often dark place.

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The four things that make this city something: Columbia Tower; the movement on the light rail between the ID and Sea-Tac (this will always be the best part of light rail); Downtown Library; and Freeway Park. The first is about urban power; the second, urban motion (even emotion); the third, urban thought; the fourth, urban nature.


The image is from rutlo's photostream.

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Still Need a Costume for Your Little One?

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:41 PM

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Still no Halloween costume for your cute, probably still pretty innocent child? Maybe you should take a page from my mom's book and cut a hole in a plain white pillow case and make him or her a ghost! A spooky scary ghost!!

Boooooooo!


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Savage Love Letter of the Day

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:35 PM

I read your column all the time and I'm hoping you could help me with something. I'm a straight 16-year-old female and I like porn. But for some reason I really enjoy watching Girl-On-Girl or a Girl-With-Toys. If there is a guy in it I find myself looking at the girl. I have no sexual desire for women when I'm not watching porn and I have all the normal teen girl fantasies about boys. But I do remember when I was around eight experimenting sexually with a neighbor (also a girl, also around eight). Does watching lesbian and/or bi porn have something to do with processing that experience or am I a lesbian and don't know it yet? I'm seriously trying to figure this out.

Very Confused

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Vampire Hunger

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:28 PM

Oh dear: Twi-hards will have a Twilight-themed restaurant to enjoy the next time they visit Forks ("Home of Twilight's Edward Cullen®").

FORKS, Wash. (AP) - A new restaurant planned to open next year in Forks will be called Volterra after a city in the Twilight vampire novels, which are set in Forks.

Owners Annette and Tim Root told The Peninsula Daily News it will be a family restaurant, and they have applied for a liquor license.

Skinny emo-looking boys in the Forks area should consider applying to work as waiters in this restaurant. If they wear a little bit of glitter, they'll be getting laid all the time. I wonder if any confused Twilight fans will wander into Volterra up in Ballard by mistake. If they do, I would like to urge them to try the wild boar. It's really wonderful.

(Via KOMO News.)

How Long Will Gay Rights Activists Be Mollified By Obama Signing the Hate Crimes Bill Into Law and Overseeing the Dismantling of the HIV Travel Ban?

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Not long—not now that Obama is back in court defending DOMA. Oh, and remember that gay guy—raped in his home country—and legally married to American citizen in Boston whose application for asylum was denied by the Obama administration because we can't willy-nilly bend those immigration rules, even in cases where a person's human rights may have been abused? Remember him?

In an unusually protracted and closely watched case, the Obama administration has recommended political asylum for a Guatemalan woman fleeing horrific abuse by her husband, the strongest signal yet that the administration is open to a variety of asylum claims from foreign women facing domestic abuse.

Wake me when the fierce advocacy begins.

What Are You Doing Tonight?

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Want to come hang out with me in Kirkland and drink beer and watch videos of monsters and ghouls and spiders crawling on people's stupid faces and stuff? Because you can! At BrüTübe!

Ranging from thought-provoking to thought-revoking, BrüTübe will feature six curators, each presenting a 15 minute set of videos revolving around the evening's theme, "Fear Factor/Beer Attractor." This Halloween-inspired theme will focus on and around the phenomenon of fear and the resulting cultural responses. Presentations will be projected to a large screen while you enjoy beverages and snacks in café-style seating. There will also be a Halloween raffle & costume contest! Don't miss it!

This free event will be held in the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery during the current exhibition, Changes, on view through November 19.

BrüTübe Cürators:

Blood Squad (Improv Horror Comedy Troupe)
Gretchen Bennett (Artist)
Ben Kasulke (Filmmaker - Humpday)
Paul D. Natkin (Artist)
Emily Pothast (Artist, Musician)
Lindy West (Film Editor - The Stranger)

You should come to there! Come be by me! Starts at 7:30 pm!


Here is a video I will NOT be showing tonight:

McLeod Residence Zombie Undead 2: It Lives!

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Its wallpaper is sorely missed.
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Remember McLeod Residence? There was a murder there during its long-ago days as a speakeasy—someone involved in the operation was involved with the daughter of a local Chinese businessman/mobster, and this someone was beheaded in the bathroom. Its most recent incarnation got shut down—a tragedy—due to various complications arising from hellish fire codes. Crowds of mourners thronged the wake.

Tonight, McLeod Residence lives.

In partnership with the owner of the (great) new bar Bathtub Gin, the McLeods are reuniting to celebrate the anniversary of their collective death tonight from 7 pm to whenever, in the (great) old McLeod space (2209 2nd Ave, between Bell and Blanchard). $20 at the door includes four drink tickets.

Speaking of Crazy Conspiracies

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Anti-Obama Birther site The Betrayal says:

The recent declaration of a NATIONAL EMERGENCY by Barack hussein Obama opens the door for the executive orders clamping down on travel and a host of other freedoms americans have taken for granted for so long. A major scare is about to be unleashed on the public! Get ready everyone!

They are basing their facts on this video, by a woman who will, with Jesus's help, overcome her awful case of Shingles:

She also can't pronounce the word "acquiescence," instead reading it as "ac...ackyo...I can't read this word...acyou...accu-science?" I especially like this comment on The Betrayal's post:

Maybe this is what it will take for most people to wake-up! I can’t load the video, but it is going to take real nazification of our Country to get off their asses!

Be on your toes! "Because time is imminent!" President Obama might enslave us all for our mighty brain power!

The Costumed Canvassers

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM

Chances are you haven't gone trick-or-treating in a while, but you still feel like dressing up as Batman and going door-to-door. Here's a way you can—while helping to fight the Reject R-71 bigots and the dumb-ass pro-1033 Eymanites.

The Washington Bus is getting those of the costumed and politically active persuasions together tomorrow for a Halloween "Trick-or-Vote" drive. It's the biggest single-day field operation for both the Approve 71 and No on 1033 campaigns, says Washington Bus outreach director Mollie Price. The same event last year had over 300 people knocking on 6,500 doors to stir up progressive votes around the city, and they're hoping to have at least that many this year. "The best way to get someone to vote is to knock on their door," says Price."The best time to knock on peoples' door is Halloween, because people expect you to show up, and might give you candy."

Oh, and there'll be a dance party afterwards. How will that be? "Awesome," Price says. "It ends at 9:00 p.m., so it's not super late, but it's enough to get you pumped up to go to your next hall party. Plus you get drink tickets."

They'll be meeting at the Old Rainier Cold Storage (sounds creepy enough for Halloween, right?) at 5840 Airport Way South. Show up tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.—canvassing starts at 3:00. Sign up here.

UPDATE: Mayoral candidate Mike McGinn will be joining the canvassers tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.

Chapel: The Haunting

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 2:05 PM

For your H'ween consideration: Did you know that Chapel on Capitol Hill is HAUNTED?

The Drinkening! SCREAM!
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Also: more H'ween parties and events than you can shake a (scary) stick at may be found over here.

MyStrangerFace: Now With Questionland. Sort Of!

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:59 PM

No, we haven't integrated the login systems (yet). But we did make a little box that will pull your Questionland activity onto your MyStrangerFace profile. Synergy!

All you have to do is go to the "Profile Trinkets" section of your MyStrangerFace Settings page, and add your Questionland ID, and your QL questions, answers, and comments will be there for all to see. Easy! And oh so much fun.

Scary Movies for Your H'ween Eyeballs

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:26 PM

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Lindy hates scary movies, and personally I'm not one for the a-hockey-mask-wearing-killer's-on-the-loose-so-I'll-just-go-off-in-the-woods-alone-in-my-bikini genre. But a truly GOOD scary movie has a healthy emetic effect on the psyche.

So, for Best Scary Movie I Can Think of Right Now (in Honor of H'ween), I would like to nominate:

The Devil's Backbone (available on DVD, short review to be found here)

No breasts, just a giant ticking time bomb and period-piece sheer terror.

Also: Last night I watched part of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and became too creepified and had to turn it off. Had weird dreams. Feel good today. Emetic!

Also: The symphony is playing along live to Psycho tonight and tomorrow night. Best idea ever. FREAK OUT.

Silent Truth

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:25 PM

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This morning in the Morning News, Lindy linked to a New York Times story about how some Pakistani soldiers found documents linking the Taliban to an Al Qaeda group that planned 9/11.

In a small village in the dun-colored hills of South Waziristan, soldiers found a German passport belonging to Said Bahaji, a German citizen and associate of Mohammed Atta, the leader of the 9/11 hijackers.

The passport was issued in Hamburg in August 2, 2001 and was accompanied by a Pakistani visa dated August 3, 2001. The documents indicated that Mr. Bahaji landed in Karachi from Istanbul on Sept. 4, 2001.

The apparent presence of Mr. Bahaji in the tribal areas of Pakistan is a clear indication that members of the Qaeda network — including participants in the 9/11 plot — have taken refuge here, as American officials, like Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday, have charged.

"Well, shit," I thought. "This is going to punch a hole in a bunch of 9/11 Truther theories. I wonder how they're going to respond." After all, Truthers are big on disseminating information, right? So I went to a bunch of Truther sites to see what they had to say about this New York Times story.

Hmmm. We Are Change Seattle doesn't have anything at all about it. 911 Blogger is weirdly silent, too. Come on, guys! Isn't somebody going to float a theory that the Pakistani Army is covering for George W. Bush by faking information? Nothing at 911 Truthaction except for that stunning silver fox of a Wheelie-Truther there to the left. Almost all of these sites to make scary references to Glenn Beck. And it looks like 911Truth.org doesn't have anything about it either...wait a minute! I see the words "New York Times" further down on the page. Maybe they have something to say about the Pakistani evidence:

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Sigh. Never mind.

Drunk Ewok Humps Al Roker's Leg

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 1:02 PM

I have no further comment.

Talking With Lydia Davis

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:30 PM

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You have no doubt already read Brendan Kiley's great piece about the bizarre pleasures of loving Lydia Davis. But we have just put up the unexpurgated e-mail interview between Kiley and Davis for your reading pleasure:

...at a time when I was stuck in my writing, a few years later, I happened to read the stories—what he calls poems—of Russell Edson. The volume of his that I read contains short, mostly domestic tales in which not all the protagonists are human. It also helped me that not all the pieces were successful—I could see how to attempt something and not mind failing. I set myself the exercise of writing two paragraph-long stories each day.

Give it a look over your lunch.

Concessions du Freak

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

'Sup.
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Hey. I wrote about some shit this week:

I know it's that one week a year when we semi-arbitrarily eat very small Three Musketeers bars and get all spastic about mummies, so one might expect me to devote this column to my top five ways for a hill mutant to rip out a sorority girl's eyeball (okay, fine: 5. grapefruit spoon, 4. mutant telepathy, 3. bug vacuum, 2. voodoo chicken bone, 1. prehensile toe). However! I have gone on record many times explaining that STRANGELY ENOUGH, I DO NOT ENJOY THE FEELING OF WARM TERROR-PEE FILLING MY PANTS, BUT THANK YOU OH SO MUCH FOR OFFERING. No, I shall not partake of the frights this week.

Read the whole thing—which includes short reviews of Amelia, Couples Retreat, and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (and not one single fart joke [I don't think!]!)—HERE.

Lunchtime Quickie

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Don't you wish you worked at KVXO News in Omaha Nebraska? Oh, you will after you watch this...

A Voters' Guide With Real Answers

Posted by on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:09 PM

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You asked the questions. The candidates (mostly) answered them. Now you have a tome of information about where each candidate stands on issues that are relevant to you—not just the rote talking points they submit to the voters' guide. Here are a few highlights:

Why did Tom Carr's office subpoena Seattle Times reporters' confidential sources? Not his fault, Carr says:

The subpoenas were issued in a lawsuit brought by a police officer who had been fired by the city. The Seattle Times published an article relying, in large part, on anonymous sources. The police officer sued the City claiming that the sources were city employees and accusing the City of defamation. The Seattle Times was not a party to the lawsuit. My office was not seeking to “out” the sources, but to get the Seattle Times to declare that they would not give up the names of those sources. A lawyer in my office tried to get an agreement with the Seattle Times lawyer that they would assert the Shield privilege. The Seattle Times’ lawyer told our lawyer to send him the subpoenas. When I heard about this, I got on the phone and negotiated an agreement quickly; after this happened, I issued a policy that no subpoenas would ever be issued to a reporter without my approval. But it is imperative to understand we never subpoenaed the reporters directly.

Which current council member does City Council candidate Jessie Israel most identify with?

I like Burgess. He's thoughtful, pragmatic and takes both a short and long term approach to issues facing the City. I was also a fan of Sue Donaldson back in the day.

Mayoral candidate Mike McGinn on getting people out of their cars:

I have committed to putting a light rail expansion plan in front of Seattle voters within two years of taking office, taking a lesson from Portland in expanding its MAX system. See mcginnformayor.com.

Bus service, up 20% over the last two years, is about to be cut by 10% or more in the coming years. Seattle can help improve bus service by giving buses more priority in traffic. I support BRT lines.

We also must work with other leaders to get the legislature to provide funding.

Last year the legislature failed to provide King County with the ability to fund more metro service, even though that was supposed to be part of the deal on the deep-bore tunnel.

And check out King County Executive candidate Susan Hutchison's insightful responses:

See how much she cares about earning your vote?

Plus Pete Holmes on pot, Robert Rosencrantz on his abortion stance, O'Brien on homelessness, and Mallahan on Southeast Seattle. These and all the candidates' other brilliant answers (not to mention the questions they dodged) are still available for your voting enrichment in Electionland.

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