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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns amid sex abuse allegations

Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 @ 5:36 AM

VIDEO: Seattle Mayor Resigning Amid Sexual Abuse Allegations

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to resign at 5 p.m. PDT Wednesday amid allegations from five sex abuse accusers. 

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Murray made the announcement in a written statement at 1:07 p.m. PDT Tuesday, about two hours after a fifth man accused him of sexual abuse decades ago.

>> On KIRO7.com: Read a timeline of Seattle mayor’s alleged sexual abuse of teens, as well as his attorney’s responses, here

"While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our city government to conduct the public’s business," he wrote. 

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A cousin of the Seattle mayor was the fifth man to accuse Murray of sexual abuse – this time alleging he was repeatedly molested as a teenager in the 1970s. The Seattle Times broke the story shortly after 11 a.m. PDT when Murray was expected to announce a plan for KeyArena. Murray’s staff canceled the press briefing.

More coverage from KIRO7.com:

>> Document shows foster-guardian relationship between Seattle mayor, accuser

>> Man accusing Seattle Mayor of sex abuse goes public for first time

>> Man who sued Seattle mayor over alleged sex abuse now seeks millions from city

>> Seattle LGBTQ commission wants mayor's resignation; others say that's not in city's best interest

>> Could Mayor Murray be impeached? Skepticism expressed in council meeting

With an upcoming election in Seattle, Murray has publicly denied all the claims.

Read more at KIRO7.com.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray After Newly Surfaced Sex Abuse Documents: I'm Not Going To Resign

Trump on Roy Moore's loss in Alabama Senate race: 'I was right'

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 @ 7:07 AM

What You Need To Know About Roy Moore

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to weigh in on Republican Roy Moore's stunning loss in the Alabama Senate race.

>> Who is Doug Jones, Democrat facing Roy Moore in Alabama Senate race?

>> Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore

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Watch the Moment When Supporters Find Out Doug Jones Wins Alabama's Special Senate Election

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:22 AM
Updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 9:13 AM

Mayor Of San Francisco Ed Lee Dead At 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the city's first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly Tuesday morning after a heart attack, officials said in a statement. He was 65.

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Atlanta mayoral election: Bottoms declares victory, Norwood asking for recount

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 12:25 AM

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Photo via WSBTV.com)
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Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood. (Photo via WSBTV.com)(WSBTV.com)

12:27 a.m. EST Wednesday: Mary Norwood says she's asking for a recount as Keisha Lance Bottoms declares a victory in the Atlanta mayor's race.

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With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Bottoms leads by just 759 votes. Bottoms, introduced by Mayor Kasim Reed as the 60th mayor of Atlanta, declared victory as she spoke to her supporters, but Norwood said the race isn't over yet.

>> On WSBTV.com: LIVE real-time election results

ORIGINAL STORY: Today is the day Atlanta will decide which woman will become its next mayor.

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Polls officially opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood spent Monday at City Hall doing the people’s business, but they also did some campaigning before Tuesday’s election. And with the race coming to an end, some people are now deciding whom they plan to endorse.

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Outside City Hall, more endorsements came in for Bottoms. Prominent attorneys and progressives stood with her.

“I have no doubt in my mind that Ms. Bottoms will surround herself with a team of compassionate and thoughtful people with the political savvy to make this city better,” said assistant professor Maurice Hobson.

>> On WSBTV.com: Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mary Norwood face off ahead of Election Day

But across town, a civil rights activist said he’s endorsing Mary Norwood.

“Dr. King said it best: 'People want to be judged based on their character, not the color of their skin.' That works not just for white people but for African-Americans,” said the Rev. Markel Hutchins. 

Hutchins said he supports Norwood because of her decades of public service.

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“What Atlanta needs now is not just someone who is desiring of the office of mayor but someone who legitimately wants to serve the public,” Hutchins said.

Both candidates were at Monday’s City Council meeting after the Tuesday’s election, and it will be one of their last; one will become mayor and the other will become a private citizen.

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Who is Danica Roem? Virginia elects first openly transgender state legislator

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 1:33 AM

What You Need To Know About Danica Roem

Many political contenders earned new titles as the results from Election Day rolled in Tuesday, but one Virginia politician also became a history maker as the first openly transgender woman elected and seated in a U.S. state legislature.

>> Chris Hurst, whose girlfriend was killed on live TV, wins Virginia delegate seat

Democrat Danica Roem, a wife and stepmother of one, beat out 25-year, 13-term incumbent Republican Del. Bob Marshall for the House of Delegates position. 

“Discrimination is a disqualifier,” Roem said Tuesday night as the votes were still being counted. “This is about the people of the 13th District disregarding fear tactics, disregarding phobias ... where we celebrate you because of who you are, not despite it.”

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This is Roem’s first political position. Want to learn more about her? Here are five things you should know:

Roem’s race with Marshall was contentious.

Marshall helped introduce the controversial “bathroom bill," which would restrict the bathrooms transgender individuals would use. While the legislation did not pass, Marshall continued to voice his opinions about the LGBT community. The self-proclaimed “chief homophobe” refused to debate Roem in person and referred to her using male pronouns. He also produced several ads denouncing Roem’s transgender identity. One read, “Danica Roem In His Own Words,” and another stated, “Danica Roem, born male, has made a campaign issue out of transitioning to female.”

>> On AJC.com: Spelman College to admit transgender female students

The Democrat raised more money than her Republican opponent.

The Virginia native raised $500,000, according to The Washington Post. Many of the donations came from LGBT advocates and supporters. While District 13 only has 52,471 registered voters, she reportedly knocked on doors more than 75,000 times. Marshall’s campaign said staffers knocked on voters’ doors about 49,000 times. 

She began her physical transformation about four years ago.

The 33-year-old started her transgender transition in 2013. She began hormone replacement therapy and later changed her name from “Dan” to “Danica."

Roem was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

She graduated from St. Bonaventure University in New York with a degree in journalism. For nine years, she worked for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times as a reporter and editor. During her stint as a journalist, she was awarded by the Virginia Press Association seven times. 

She plays in a metal band in her spare time. 

Roem sings in a metal band called Cab Ride Home. She’s the lead vocalist of the five-member ensemble, and they have performed more than 100 shows, including in the U.K., according to their website