1. Over the weekend, the Snohomish County Democrats endorsed all six Democrats running for the open seat in the 1st Congressional District, Jay Inslee's former seat, which now runs from the Microsoft suburbs north through Snohomish, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties to the Canadian border.
Only two of the six candidates, though, state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) and newcomer Darshan Rauniyar, actually live in Snohomish. The other four—Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, state Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland), and Laura Ruderman—all live in King County.
Here's our coverage of Friday night's debate in Everett between the 1st Congressional District candidates.
2. In other 1st Congressional District campaign news: The King County Democrats are scheduled to take up the endorsement on Tuesday night. (The 20-member endorsement committee recommended that only Darcy Burner and Suzan DelBene should be considered. )
Two footnotes: Fizz hears from a very very very good source that Laura Ruderman, who only fell short of getting the recommendation from the endorsement committee by one vote (you need a simple majority ... and then a two-thirds vote on Tuesday) is organizing to have her name considered for the endorsement as well.
The rap against Ruderman in the committee was that it's been too long since she was elected; Ruderman last held office—as a state rep from the 45th District in Kirkland—in 2004. Her rejoinder on Tuesday night, Fizz imagines: Burner and DelBene have never been elected. Both lost to US Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8 ), the Seattle suburban turf around Microsoft east and south. Burner lost twice, including in 2008's blue wave.[pullquote]The health care law is not popular in Washington State: 47 percent disapproved while just 37 percent approved as of late last year.[/pullquote]
Ruderman's plan might be irrelevant, though. Fizz also hears (from another source) that given how unlikely it is that any candidate will meet the two-thirds vote of the 50-member Executive Committee, the endorsement vote might be tabled.
3. The US Supreme Court begins hearing challenges to the Affordable Health Care Act today. The case, a big deal in its own right, is also a big deal in this year's governor's race because Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, the GOP candidate for governor, is one of the 26 AGs who are suing to have the law overturned. McKenna says he's only against the mandate portion and not the bevy of reforms such as a rule that insurers cannot deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. (The court will rule on that meta issue—i.e., is the mandate "severable" from the rest of the law?)
In the liberal circles Fizz runs in, where people seem to like McKenna and have even admitted they may vote for him, his opposition to the health care law often brings them right back into the Inslee camp. However, this may be one of those Pauline Kael bubble effects (Kael, a writer for the New Yorker, famously said after Nixon trounced McGovern in 1972 that she didn't know anyone who voted for Nixon!).
The only polling Fizz has seen says the health care law is not popular in Washington State: 47 percent disapproved while just 37 percent approved as of late last year.
On Friday, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a law passed by the legislature this session that defines the framework for Washington State's health care exchange, the central component of the health care law.
Gregoire wrote an exclusive Cola op/ed about the law on Friday.