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• At the Seattle Times' web site, reporter Emily Heffter links to what sounds like a pretty grating radio segment featuring former Seattle Channel (now Q13 FOX) political commentator C.R. Douglas, whose duties now include calling in to the Wolf country radio station (100.7) and providing comments on the week's events. Douglas tried to talk about city council member Jean Godden's reelection prospects, but
the DJs want to make jokes about the 79-year-old incumbent's "varicose veins."

"Don't go dyin' on us!" they scream. Douglas didn't take the bait, reporting accurately that Godden does aerobics at least four days a week.

The DJs follow up with a phone call from someone pretending to be the council member, talking in a mock old-person voice about her aerobics routine. And then it was time to sign off.

Douglas, Heffter writes, seemed "awkward" and embarrassed by the weird encounter.

• Andrea McNamara Doyle will replace longtime Public Disclosure Commission director Doug Ellis, the Spokane Spokesman-Review reports. McNamara Doyle has been a member of the state Pollution Control Hearings Board, The Shorelines Hearings Board and the Land Use Hearings Board.

• Former state representative Laura Ruderman, one of four Democratic candidates to replace US Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA,1), who's running for governor, racked up a handful of big endorsements today: State Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-37), state Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-11), and former state Sen. Phil Rockefeller (D-23).

• And in the latest results from King County Elections, King County Council District 6 member Jane Hague remains below 38 percent, with 37.95 percent to challenger Richard Mitchell's 30.10 percent. As we've mentioned, the late numbers are bad news for Hague, an 18-year incumbent who was arrested for a DUI in 2008. The tunnel, meanwhile, continued to win, though by a smaller margin than on election night: 58.25 to 42.75.
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