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We’re still waiting for all the ballots to be counted, but here are the results as of last night:
#1: Y’all turned out. So far 59.3 percent of voters submitted ballots in this midterm election compared to 54.4 percent in our 2014 midterm election. 🙌 Washington’s secretary of state, Kim Wyman, projected that number might go as high as 72 percent, which we haven’t seen since the 1970s.
#2: The carbon fee is likely dead. The fee, which would charge polluters for the carbon they emit, was opposed by about 56 percent of voters when The Seattle Times called it, saying that it was unlikely to bounce back. It would’ve been the first carbon fee in the nation.
#3: The Eastside looks like it’ll make history and go blue. Democrat Dr. Kim Schrier is leading Republican Dino Rossi with 53 percent of the vote. She’d be repping the 8th district, which includes eastern King and Pierce counties. And it’d be the first time a Democrat has ever represented that district.
#4: We took a step to fight police brutality. Initiative 940, which updates the way we prosecute cops who use deadly force, is passing with about 60 percent of the vote. The families of local police violence victims Charleena Lyles and Che Taylor backed the campaign.
#5: Gun reform’s a go. About 62 percent of Washingtonians voted in favor of passing some of our country’s strictest gun laws, including raising the minimum age to 21 to buy a semi-automatic weapon and requiring more background checks.
For updated results and more on other ballot measures, check out The Seattle Times’, KUOW’s, and KING 5’s election pages. And FYI, some votes are still being counted, so the exact margins might change.
‘What a farce.’ If there were an evil genius award, Amazon might have earned it this week. The company’s had everyone from major city officials to big-time journalists hanging on its every move since it announced a year ago that it was looking to start a second big headquarters somewhere outside Seattle. The anti-climactic conclusion? It’s planning to put the so-called “HQ2” near two cities – Washington, D.C. and New York City — where it already has plenty of employees, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Mayor Jenny Durkan calls this good news for Seattle — we’ll still be its biggest hub! — but some suspect a bait and switch from Amazon, and a disingenuous data grab about what cities would do to draw it in. (GeekWire, The Seattle Times, The New York Times)
We’ve all wondered this: How can people who completely disagree on politics these days possibly be … married? Some coping strategies from Northwest couples: muting political ads, avoiding all political topics, and never ever talking about Mr. DJT. “I’ll be glad when the election is over,” Meredith Radford of Kirkland told the Times, “and things can calm down around the house.” (The Seattle Times)
Treat yourself. We deserve something indulgent after all this election madness. And Seattle magazine has tasted, chewed, and judged to round up the best bakeries in the city for bread, cookies, croissants, and more. Think you can do better? Sweet. Send your best pie recipe and the story behind it to [email protected] by next Wednesday and it might win their first-ever pie battle. Aprons on. 🍏 (Seattle magazine, Twitter)
A pint with a side of death. Kells in Pike Place Market is everything you want in a good Irish pub. Plus, it’s haunted. Kells sits in the old Butterworth Building, which was once home to a mortuary that had a “monopoly on the death industry in Seattle.” If you spot the ghost of an 8-year-old girl or a guy named Sammy, you won’t be the first. (Curbed Seattle)
✍️ TODAY: Hack your brain to boost your productivity at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square)
💰 TODAY: Get tips on how to negotiate like a boss at this Foundation workshop (Queen Anne)
🌊 TODAY: Learn about local orca recovery and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s and local journalists’ thoughts about the election at Civic Cocktail (Belltown)
🍻 Saturday: Visit Ballard’s best bars and raise a glass to mentorship at the 3rd Annual Big Brewers, Big Sippers Pub Crawl (Ballard)
💡 Monday, Nov. 12: Team up with local international students for trivia and beers at this event co-hosted by The Evergrey and the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (Capitol Hill)
🔬 Tuesday, Nov. 13: Dig into the science behind anxiety and depression at this Foundation event at Pacific Science Center (Queen Anne)
✊ Wednesday, Nov. 14: Find your purpose and let it drive you at this Impact Hub Lunch + Learn (Pioneer Square) 🆕
💡 Learn about our country’s protest history from a longtime journalist (Capitol Hill)
💪 Learn to boost your productivity at this Evergrey partner event (Pioneer Square)
💪 Sharpen your negotiation skills at this Evergrey partner event (Queen Anne)
💡 Get the inside scoop on our orcas and election results at this Evergrey partner event (Belltown)
🍺 Taste all kinds of delicious brewed ciders (SoDo)
💡 Define “Seattleness” with the creators of a cultural atlas (Columbia City)
🎟 Ooh and ahh at “an intimate evening of mystery and wonder” (Ballard)
🍴 Cross that final spot off your bucket list for Seattle Restaurant Week (All over)
🍿 Stuff your face with popcorn at the Italian Film Festival — through Nov. 15 (Queen Anne)
👋 Make new friends at this simple hangout sesh (Capitol Hill)
🎟 Check out some sweet rides with your fellow car lovers — through Nov. 12 (Pioneer Square)
🎨 Peruse locally made arts and crafts — through Nov. 11 (Sand Point)
🎨 Catch the unveiling of a mural dedicated to Seattle’s Black Panthers (Rainier Valley)
🎨 See eclectic performances at SAM Remix (Downtown)
🍸 Learn how to make cocktails from the pros (Capitol Hill)
💃 Put on your dancing shoes for a swing dance convention — through Nov. 12 (SeaTac)
🎈 Get into the early holiday spirit early with reindeer and model trains — through Dec. 24 (Blue Ridge)
🍺 Sip a cold one at this “Big Lebrewski” beer fest (Phinney Ridge)
🎶 Catch this battle of the bands — through Nov. 11 (Downtown)
🎈 Honor veterans at a giant parade (Auburn)
🍺 Raise a glass to awesome mentors at this Evergrey partner event (Ballard)
SUNDAY ~ VETERAN’S DAY
🍿 Laugh and cry at award-winning flicks at the Turkish Film Festival — through Nov. 17 (All over)
🎈 Frolic with your favorite chocoholic to the Northwest Chocolate Festival (Downtown)
🎨 Trek northeast to see the weird crafts at Oddmall (Monroe)
🏞 Honor the veterans in your life with a free hike at state and national parks (All over)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag #theevergrey on Instagram. Learn what our emojis mean here, see more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with an Evergrey membership. Is an event sold out? Hit reply to let us know and we’ll update the listing in tomorrow’s newsletter.
Voting may be our civic duty, but it’s not exactly easy to do all that research, fill out your ballot, and send it in.
So to everyone who did this democracy thing: Take your hand off your phone or trackpad, move it to your opposite shoulder, and give yourself a pat on the back. Then celebrate like our Sounders celebrated head-butting this soccer ball. ‘Cause it’s great to do big things alone, but it’s way cooler to do ‘em together. 🙌
Have a good one, all. — The Evergrey