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Mayor Greg Nickels' taxpayer-supported government homepage is looking more and more like a personal re-election website these days, with one exception: His static campaign homepage

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Mayoral Razzle-Dazzle, Thanks to Taxpayers

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Mayor Greg Nickels' taxpayer-supported government homepage is looking more and more like a personal re-election website these days, with one exception: His static campaign homepage doesn't have near the dazzle factor of the improved city site, now with flash graphics and more elaborate self-pats-on-the-back (under the heading "Top Stories," just like, well, an alternative newspaper site). The message is much the same, however. In the auto-rotation of stories and photos on the City Hall site, for example, he salutes changes to farmer's markets, doles out summer jobs, counts down to light rail, announces a recycling record, and "leads the U.S. Conference of Mayors" (across the picket line?), topics also covered by the campaign site. We clicked around City Hall's other Internet sites a bit and couldn't find a page quite as lively (or, presumably, costly), including the city's seattle.gov homepage (though there's a picture of Nickels there, too). Least of all was the government site of one of his mayoral opponents, City Council member Jan Drago. Not a hint of e-razzle dazzle, and just two pics of her, compared to seven on the mayor's homepage. Why, it's like she's not running for office at all!

 
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