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McGinn ’82 in Comics

A portion of a comic by Jeremy Eaton, in Seattle Weekly

The first year of Mike McGinn ’82’s term as Seattle Mayor has drawn to a close, and alternative newspaper Seattle Weekly is featuring as its cover story a comic-book take on his year in office:

But enough with the hopey-changey-wordy; what did 2010 look like for Mike McGinn? For that—and let’s face it: It’s way more fun to look at the centerfold than to read the articles—we turn over our feature hole to four prominent local comic artists for their interpretations of how the Mayor performed in his first year on the job.

Many more comics if you follow the link, so head on over, comics fans — seeing an Eph in the comic might not be as good as seeing a daily strip from Bill Amend or Darby Conley, but at least it’s something.

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Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn ’82 is discovering that being a civic leader is not all ribbon-cutting and parades.

City leaders expressed shock and disappointment Friday at video that first aired on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News showing two Seattle police officers kicking a man as he lay on the ground. The man was detained during a robbery investigation last month.

The two officers have been reassigned as police conduct an investigation amid a firestorm of reaction. And another controversy has arisen over why a Seattle TV station declined to air the video. The racially charged videotape shows officers stomping on the innocent detainee after they responded to several 911 calls for a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of a night club near Lake Union.

In the video, a male officer is seen kicking the man who had been ordered to the ground while threatening him with racial slurs. Shortly after, a female officer kicked the man in the back of his leg. The man was released when the officers realized he was not involved in the reported crime.

Internal Affairs investigators have been looking at accusations of misconduct by the officers since April 17, but Seattle’s interim Police Chief John Diaz kept the allegations out of the public eye until KIRO 7 aired the video, said reporter Chris Halsne.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, who earlier this week did not respond to multiple requests from KIRO 7 to speak about the matter, said he did not see the video until Friday morning.

“I saw the video this morning, and spoke to Chief Diaz this morning about it,” McGinn told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News.

Question: “It wasn’t brought to your attention prior to today?”
Mayor: “It wasn’t brought to my attention prior to today.”
Question: “Does that bother you?”
Mayor: (Pause) “I have a very strong relationship with Chief Diaz.”

Can you fire a Hispanic police chief over a covered-up video of police brutality directed at Hispanics? Just asking! Latest news here.

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National Bike to Work Day

Today is National Bike to Work Day. I’m sure there are lots of Ephs out there enjoying this two-wheel celebration. Who are they? One must surely be Mike McGinn ’82, who was the subject of this recent bicycling profile:

Wearing a well-worn yellow Marmot rain jacket and a pair of black rain pants, a helmet pulled tightly down around a baseball cap, and sitting astride a beat-up Trek 700, McGinn verbally bashes [a controversial Seattle road project] as a steady patter of rain falls on the group.

Dozens of Seattle cyclists whiz past, sporting yellow rain slickers and Ortlieb waterproof panniers strapped to their bikes. It’s just another day in May in Seattle.McGinn, a self-described populist who holds a degree in economics and a law degree from the University of Washington, appears an unlikely big city mayor.

No suit and tie, a scruffy beard and a portly build that supports a belly that beer drinkers would love. Steve Meineke, president of Raleigh America, described McGinn as the kind of guy most folks would enjoy sipping suds with. But McGinn, as we pedal toward city hall, notes that he doesn’t ride bikes for recreation. He started commuting by bike years ago and now he’s hooked. And bicycles, as he puts it, have a place in a modern city’s transportation system.

McGinn’s daily bicycle commute is about 6.5 miles — almost the same as mine (although he does it much more regularly). It’s good to know that when I get older and scruffier, it’ll still be an option. I wonder if he did much biking at Williams — and how many bikes he had stolen…

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McGinn wins

Surprising Victory in Seattle Mayor’s Race

A former Sierra Club leader who rode his bicycle to campaign events and relied heavily on volunteer support claimed a narrow and surprising victory on Monday in the race for mayor of this environmentally friendly city.

“You cared, you believed, and we’ve got a lot more work to do,” Mike McGinn told supporters after the city’s mail-in election showed him winning 51 percent of the vote, by a margin of 4,939 votes out of about 190,000 cast in the mayor’s race.

He was met by the same chant he heard on the campaign trail: “We like Mike!”

His opponent had conceded a few minutes earlier.

Mr. McGinn, who was outspent more than 3 to 1 and did not receive endorsements from major political and business leaders, defeated Joe Mallahan, a vice president with T-Mobile who contributed more than $200,000 to his own campaign.

Both men are Democrats and were largely unknown before entering the mayor’s race, but Mr. Mallahan raised far more money and received major endorsements, including that of Gov. Christine Gregoire, a Democrat.

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(h/t ’11)

The Stranger sums up some local reactions:

“Mayor Mike McGinn” Has a Nice Ring to It: The mayor-elect accepted Joe Mallahan’s concession last night in a campaign office in southeast Seattle, before cake and pizza and beer materialized. Seattle Times, which endorsed Mallahan (as well as Susan Hutchison, Robert Rosencrantz, and Jessie Israel),editorializes about McGinn’s victory today, explaining that “Seattle voters are in a testy mood” and “Seattleites are naturally drawn to nonconformists.”

And Here’s the P-I‘s Take: “That noise you heard Monday night in Seattle was the collective wailing of the city’s big shots as they came to grips with the fact that Mike McGinn will be the next mayor.”

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Too close to call

From the Seattle Times:

The Seattle’s mayoral race is too close to call, with environmentalist attorney Mike McGinn leading T-Mobile executive Mallahan in the first count of ballots released by King County tonight.

With 85,000 ballots counted, McGinn is currently up by 910 votes.

As McGinn came out to talk at his party at The War Room, supporters burst into huge cheers, hugged and high-fived chanted of “We like Mike.”

If the results hold it would be an upset for McGinn, who was outspent by more than 3-to-1, opposed by the city’s biggest business and labor groups, and seemed to back down on his biggest campaign issue — opposition to the deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct — two weeks ago.

King County Elections officials predict a 56 percent turnout. In Seattle, a total of 210,000 votes are expected.

The McGinn campaign says it’s not too late to vote.

More images from the McGinn war room at the Stranger.

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Eph Politics Round-up

Lots of Ephs continue to make news in the world of politics:

  • In her bid for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, Martha Coakley ’75 seems to be pulling away from the field, as reflected by the hoards of Massachusetts politicians (none of whom are likely to back an unlikely winner) endorsing her.
  • Recent polls show that Mike McGinn ’82’s run for Seattle Mayor is likely to go down to the wire.
  • Nice feature on the current Eph Senator, Mark Udall ’72.
  • Brian Werner ’01, IT consultant and member of the “Church of Celebritology” — really, is running for Telluride Town Council.
  • Steve Kelley ’75 is one of many in a crowded Minnesota Governor primary field.  Check here for Kelley’s website, including a link to his Facebook page.
  • Chris Murphy ’96, one of the “best fighters in Congress for health reform,” seems to be playing a prominent role in the House efforts to reach consensus on health care.  It’s a good sign, by the way, when even prospective opponents are applauding your constituent service.
  • In local political news, North Adams Mayor (and dead ringer for Mayor Quimby) Barrett is fighting for his political life against an MCLA professor.  This article discusses the race and notes one of Barrett’s Williams connections.
  • Finally, in old-school political “news,” who knew that an Eph, George William Hunter, Jr., class of 1896, wrote the book at the center of the Scopes trial?  Wild stuff.
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The Case for McGinn

The Stranger publishes a very nice article, the first in a series, arguing for Mike McGinn ’82 in the Seattle mayoral race:

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On primary night, in a close race where he was considered vastly outmatched by the other candidates—the two front- runners had been running television ads for weeks, whereas McGinn hadn’t run a single one—McGinn won. Joe Mallahan, the T-Mobile executive with personal wealth and lots of wealthy contributors, came in second. Greg Nickels, the incumbent, who’d been in contests like this many times before, came in third. Which means he’s now out of the picture.

That makes the race for mayor a contest without an incumbent, a face-off between two untested men, a choice that is, either way, a gamble.

But it’s also a choice between stark stylistic differences. Mallahan’s main political accomplishment thus far has been to figure out how much it costs to buy one’s way into a Seattle mayoral race. (Over $230,000 of his own money and counting.) He wears suits, employs tested political hands, brags about having the support of the city’s “insiders.” Then there’s McGinn, who is no neophyte—he’s been a lawyer, a neighborhood activist, and president of the local Sierra Club—but has shrewdly embraced the chance to run as an outsider, as the leader of an insurgent campaign. He says “grassroots” whenever possible. He refuses to have an official spokesperson (he does the speaking or simply allows the conduct of the campaign to speak for itself). And as he bikes around town in shirt and jeans, he smiles through an only somewhat trimmed, I-don’t-give-a-fuck, logger-chic beard[…]

[McGinn] offers idea after new idea (a plan for a new light-rail line along the west side of Seattle, a plan for dealing with gang violence, a plan for fixing the crumbling South Park bridge). He has a core conviction—that digging a new tunnel through downtown Seattle is a costly mistake that doesn’t fit with the character or future of this city—and even as events seem to be making it harder and harder for him to turn his conviction into action (the city council is expected to sign an agreement later this month with the state on funding for the tunnel), his willingness to stand up and call it a mistake is energizing to a significant portion of his base.

Mallahan, by contrast, is running a cookie-cutter campaign designed not to ruffle or offend. He’s selling himself as more of the same at a time when Seattle wants change.

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Mike McGinn ’82 for Mayor of Seattle

John McNicholas ’84 writes:

mcginnformayor-button-150x150I wanted to let you and other members of the Williams community who read EphBlog know that Mike McGinn, ’82 is running for mayor of Seattle. Mike is a lawyer and Sierra Club member who has run a grass-roots campaign, resulting in his recent victory in a primary against the incumbent mayor of Seattle. He’s running against a local businessman in the general election in November.

I enjoy reading EphBlog. Keep up the good work.

Thanks! More from McGinn below.

Mike McGinn '82

One of Mike

(photo added by Ronit)

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