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Court: Recall Against Seattle Councilwoman Can Proceed

Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant speaks during an International Women's Day rally in Seattle, Washington on March 8, 2017. Throngs of demonstrators, mostly women and many wearing red, rallied in New York and Washington to protest against President Donald Trump's policies toward women on International Women's Day. / AFP PHOTO / Jason Redmond (Photo credit should read JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)

SEATTLE, Wash. (AP) – The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a recall effort against Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant can go forward. The Seattle Times reports the recall petition charges Sawant with four distinct offenses: She delegated her office’s employment decisions to her Socialist political party; she used city resources to promote a “Tax Amazon” ballot initiative; she let demonstrators into City Hall during a nighttime June protest; and she spoke at a protest in front of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s house (Durkan’s address is protected by a state confidentiality program because of her past work as a federal prosecutor). The Supreme Court made its decision Thursday. Recall petitioners now have 180 days to collect more than 10,000 signatures from residents of Sawant’s Council District.


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