Folks on the side of gun control are tired of hearing about the mighty National Rifle Association (NRA). One of them, Seattleite Nick Hanauer, is throwing real money at a counteroffensive, along with bringing onboard well-placed advisers, such as Christian Sinderman, a prominent adviser who has, among other things, Jay Inslee’s ear. The strategy? Follow the path of Washington United for Marriage, starting by hiring lobbyist and campaign manager Zach Silk, campaign manager for last year’s gay marriage effort. Although the Legislature failed to vote on background checks earlier this year, the alliance is pushing an initiative to the Legislature; I-594 calls for background checks on all firearms sales and transfers. At press time, the alliance was about 100,000 short of its goal of 325,000 signatures by January 4, 2014.
The Full List: Most Influential People of 2013
Their finger prints are all over Seattle. From protecting honeybees to regulating marijuana to popping and locking, these 54 men and women (and in one case, a machine) are shaping our neighborhoods, economy, attitudes and future. In the case of our person of the year—for the first time in our nine years of compiling this list, it’s a tie!—the impact is on a global scale. We may not always like the direction they are taking us in but it’s hard to deny: these folks are taking us somewhere.