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June 30, 2006

In other news

Posted by David Postman at 7:28 AM

  • The business-backed Liability Reform Coalition has endorsed Supreme Court challengers Steve Johnson and John Groen who are running against incumbent Justice Susan Owens and Chief Justice Gerry Alexander. You can see the coalition's review of Supreme Court justices, as well as a list of its members, here.

    The business group has gone with incumbents, though, in court of appeal races, endorsing judges Mary Kay Becker, Joel Penoyar and Christine Quinn-Brintnall. LRC executive director Dana Childers told me that with those judges "the LRC believes that although they have challengers that appeal to the LRC, the incumbents appear to be balanced and fair judges and therefore deserve re-election." 

  • If you want to know what is going on with taxpayer-funded sports facilities and the government's refusal to tell us what's happening with the money, you've got to read Peter Callaghan in The News Tribune. His column yesterday looks at the Seahawks new headquarters and practice facility. Is it part of the return on the investment taxpayers made in Paul Allen's team?
    Allen has used the tax money to transform a franchise he bought for $200 million in 1997 into one worth $823 million, according to numbers denied taxpayers but leaked to Forbes magazine. That makes it one of the few Allen investments making money. But without the taxes, there would be no profit. So is the new headquarters privately funded or publicly funded?

    Probably both. It's a classic example of the public-private partnership in which the public takes all the risk and the private takes all the profit.

  • Linnea Noreen may be making her first run for public office in a long-shot try as an independent against Congressman Jim McDermott. But she's already learned a trick of the most veteran pols - the straw man.

    Her campaign staff sent out excerpts from a speech Noreen gave at one of the conventions shes holding to collect 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot. It included this passage, which the campaign said "drew cheers from the crowd":

    "Let's talk about those who say it can't be done. To quote: 'I don't have a chance in hell.' The ones who say I'm too young, too female, too Independent, too under-funded, or too naive."

    OK, I know there is the cleavage controversy over at The Slog, but Linnea, really, who is saying these things?

  • Eli Sanders reports in The Stranger about two women's rights leaders trying to talk Stephanie Pure into dropping out of the 43rd District Democratic primary - to boost the chances of Lynne Dodson, the only other woman in crowded race:
    As for why a race with four men and two women should have fewer women involved, NWPC's Mitchell said: "I want to see a woman win that seat. And when voters are offered a choice of two great women, then it limits each woman's chances of winning."

    Meanwhile the Balkanization of the race continues. Bill Sherman who won the endorsement of the Sierra Club last week now has the nod from the Washington Conservation Voters, too. He now claims the mantle of "The Environmental Candidate."

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