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You know it was photoshopped because they're all together AND smiling.

Last night, the King County Council was supposed to replace Dow Constantine. And in

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Jan Drago's Near Miss and the 34th Democrats' Hunger Strike in 140 Characters

councilmembers.jpg
You know it was photoshopped because they're all together AND smiling.

Last night, the King County Council was supposed to replace Dow Constantine. And in typical Seattle fashion, the process of getting to a final vote was both long and carefully considered.

An advisory committee narrowed down the 11 applicants to four finalists--all with elected office experience. All four were brought in for half-hour long interviews. The council left open the option of appointing someone who would run for the seat on a permanent basis or a caretaker who promised not to. And after all that planning, consideration and process...

They decided to start over.

Sound familiar? Like replacing the Viaduct, fixing the Mercer Mess or expanding the 520 bridge, we Puget Sounders were once again all process, no results.

The allegedly non-partisan council is just too deeply divided on party lines. The four Republicans refused to allow the Dems to simply drop West Seattle liberal Joe McDermott in their midst. And the Dems refused to let the Republicans force them to accept Jan Drago as a caretaker (though she did get a 50 percent vote--all from Rs, but it's her best showing so far this year).

But it still took the council five hours to decide to do nothing. Some unfortunate souls sat in the gallery or watched a streaming feed online. But other interested parties began following the action on what has become the best place to get all your news: Twitter. West Seattle Blog was all over it:

  • STILL waiting on the county council agenda item. They just pulled up the motorized blinds in the #kcc chambers. Oh the excitement. about 15 hours ago
  • and the council is taking a recess, following the 4 yes 4 no vote that defeated the mcdermott appointment about 15 hours ago
  • now they've nominated Jan Drago. #kcc #wadems Chair Dunn says he's leaning toward a caretaker about 14 hours ago
  • and they deadlocked on drago about 14 hours ago
  • Arun Jhaveri of Burien, who didn't make the final 4, nominated about 13 hours ago
  • and they are in recess AGAIN about 13 hours ago
  • ...after a suggestion maybe Goodspaceguy should be nominated ... about 13 hours ago
  • westseattleblog 'we're going down the list' mutters chair dunn as he comes out from behind closed doors. So who next? about 13 hours ago
  • normansigler @westseattleblog I would suggest me (I will not run) or Shawn McEvoy, Kathleen Quong-Vermeire, Arun Jhaveri, Lucy Krakowiak about 13 hours ago
  • sorry we're not much for sneaking up to doors and listening ... but from 20' away just heard someone say "I'M NOT GOING TO ..." about 12 hours ago
  • bulletin, @34dems end hunger strike, pass around bowl of candy while awaiting end of #kcc recess in #appointmentdrama about 12 hours ago
  • von reichbauer proposes cooling off period while council is in recess #kcc #wadems and then closely reviewing names about 11 hours ago
  • It's official. They are adjourned - no action - till after the holidays. about 11 hours ago
Your government in action, folks!
 
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