Morning Fizz: Small Government Rhetoric
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring: Polls, denials, and subsidies.
1. In non-Tim Burgess-related mayoral news, former Seattle City Council member Peter Steinbrueck, who was rumored to be planning to announce his own bid as soon as the next few days, tells Fizz he has “no earthshaking news to report.”
2. Speaking of the 2013 mayor's race: There is reportedly a poll in the field testing all the typical names, Burgess, Steinbrueck, state Sen. Ed Murray, Seattle City Council member Bruce Harrell.
Several potential candidates and formal candidates told Fizz it's not theirs.
Schoesler Farms received $119,638 from the federal government between 1995 and 2011. That’s an average of $7,000 in federal money a year for the small government conservative.
3. Yesterday in Fizz, we pointed out that despite the Republicans' small government rhetoric, their new caucus leader, Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-9) hails from Ritzville, an ag-heavy district in Eastern Washington; agribusiness receives $45 million in tax breaks in Washington every biennium.
Fizz was curious what kind of subsidies Schoesler, a farmer, had received himself. According to the Environmental Working Group, which relies on stats from the USDA, Schoesler Farms received $119,638 from the federal government between 1995 and 2011. That’s an average of $7,000 in federal money a year for the small government conservative and his family’s farm.
4. Erica will be on KUOW at 10:00 this morning, talking about the news of the week on Steve Scher’s show, “Weekday.”
Tune in 94.9 FM.