In any other week, Amazon's HQ2 announcement might have continued to dominate the local political scene. This week, however, Seattle’s mayor resigned. We discuss both stories on Episode 52 of The Overcast.
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It’s been a busy run in local politics.
We’ll start with Amazon’s surprise announcement Sept. 7 that it would site another headquarters somewhere in North America. The Seattle-based online retail giant plans to spend more than $5 billion on a new corporate campus with as many as 50,000 employees.
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Why is Amazon ending its monogamous relationship with the Emerald City? Will Denver be the company’s new site? Or Chicago? Or Toronto? And will Amazon’s two headquarters be truly equal?
Business reporter Matt Day joins the podcast after a two-week hiatus to break it all down.
In any other week, the Amazon announcement might have continued to dominate the local news scene.
This week, however, Ed Murray resigned as Seattle mayor.
Murray said he would step down after a younger cousin Tuesday became the fifth man to publicly accuse him of sexually abusing them when they were teenagers, decades ago. The Democratic former state lawmaker denied the allegations but saw his remaining support inside and outside City Hall quickly crumble.
On Wednesday, City Council President Bruce Harrell became mayor for the short term. Either he or another council member will serve until Nov. 28, when the results of the Nov. 7 election between Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon are certified.
As part of an ongoing partnership, this episode was recorded at the Seattle studios of public radio 88.5 KNKX under the production guidance of KNKX’s Simone Alicea.