Mariners’ manager exits
Eric Wedge won’t return to manage the Seattle Mariners next year, a decision the team portrays as his own. He was to meet with reporters late this afternoon.
We’re No. 1
Seattle leads the nation’s largest cities in the percentage of households with same-sex couples. Seattle Times “FYI Guy” columnist Gene Balk reports that the 2.6 percent of Seattle households that include gay couples put us just ahead of San Francisco (with 2.5 percent). Didn’t we just beat San Francisco in football, too? By a lot wider margin. — J.C.
Murmurings of Mulally
You didn’t hear it from us, but All Things D’s Kara Swisher, who has close ties at Microsoft, says her sources point to Ford CEO Alan Mulally as the frontrunner to replace current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The exec formerly headed up Boeing's commercial airplanes division here, and was recently a close advisor to Steve Ballmer. Mulally may not be interested. But could he stick with "no" if, say, Bill Gates and Ballmer were to pressure him to come aboard? — C.M.
The NRA loves the Northwest
The NRA has deep pockets for Washington state legislative candidates, according to a new study released by The National Institute on Money in State Politics mentioned today by The Seattle Times. In the 2012 elections, Washington candidates together received the most contributions out of any other state. By pure coincidence, only one gun-control bill passed through the legislature in 2013. Interestingly, the study also found that no pro-gun-control groups donated to any 2012 legislative campaigns in Washington.
Currently, a signature-gathering race is brewing between anti-gun control’s I-591 and gun-control’s 1-594. The dueling initiatives both address background checks — limiting them in the case of 594 and expanding them to gun shows in the case of 591. They will need at least 246,000 valid signatures apiece by January to journey to the legislature — for a rare bit of action or, more likely, simply to be passed along to state voters later in the year. — C.M.
Lobbyists to ride-share and taxis: Show us the money
Local lobbyists are cashing in on the city's slow-moving debate about how to regulate ride-shares. Lyft and Uber Technologies both hired local lobbyists earlier this year, according to city Ethics and Election Commission disclosure reports. Lyft hired Michael Mann on an ongoing, part-time basis, at a monthly rate of $3,000 in August. And in September, Uber hired Anne Boone, who works for Gallatin Public Affairs, at a rate of $150 an hour, for the rest of 2013 and into 2014. In January, a few months before the ride-share debate got rolling, Puget Sound Dispatch LLC, a cab company, hired long-time taxi industry lobbyist Chris Van Dyk on a permanent, part-time basis, at a rate of $4,500 per month. (Van Dyk has lobbied for taxi industry interests since 2008 and, in 2012, he and a media group, of which he is a principal, were paid a combined $108,000 by BYG Taxi Cooperative Association.) — B.L.
Talking in Tacoma
The News Tribune recalls that President John F. Kennedy visited Tacoma exactly 50 years ago, on Sept. 27, 1963. There’s incredible detail — a down-to-the-minute schedule, an expense list and the names of everyone on the podium. Writer Peter Callaghan says that the speech, once hailed as a model of environmentalism, today comes off as pretty pale on that score. Kennedy said he was impressed “more by what man has done” for the West’s natural heritage. And he mentioned the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Oops.
The coverage includes the full text of his speech. And a reader brought this video, apparently filmed from TV coverage at the time, to the paper’s attention.
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