Morning Fizz: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes History
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring Hitler analogies, the $15 minimum wage, and moral issues.
1. After lefty local blogger David Goldstein posted audio supposedly of NRA lobbyist Brian Judy making convoluted comments (file them under history Bingo) at an anti-I-594 event last week about how Jews such as 594-background check supporter Nick Hanauer should be against gun control because of Nazi Germany (FYI: Hitler actually loosened gun laws), we got a response from Hanauer.
Judy, catching a plane, said he'd call us later. (The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle called for Judy to resign; the Jewish Federation is holding a press conference this morning.)
Meanwhile, the dialogue on state Rep. Reuven Carlyle's (D-36, Queen Anne) Facebook page was forthcoming. Carlyle, who's Jewish, had put up a post condemning the wild history lesson, and a commenter felt compelled to post this on Carlyle's page:
Rep. Carlyle will be speaking at this morning's press conference at the Jewish Federation headquarters in downtown Seattle; the Jewish Federation was the site of a deadly gun rampage in 2006.
2. Josh has an epic seven-page feature story in this month's magazine with an exclusive behind-the-scenes history of this spring's $15 minimum wage negotiations featuring expletive-laden temper tantrums from Mayor Ed Murray; uncharacteristic private moments from Kshama Sawant, who went off script behind closed doors; hokey group trust-building exercises gone awry (socialist Sawant was paired up with anti-Sea-Tac $15 minimum wage leader Bob Donegan); late night white board break throughs; and a surprise last-minute appearance by Murray nemesis Mike McGinn.
The in-depth Seattle Met story is on the stands now and will be up on-line tomorrow.
Is transportation for 600,000 commuters getting to work a moral issue too, Mr. Mayor?
3. Mayor Murray, along with former Mayor Norm Rice and City Council president Tim Burgess, is holding a press conference this morning to promote a November pre-Kindergarten funding ballot measure.
Murray will likely distinguish his $55-per-year property tax on a $500,000 home, which is expected to raise $14.5 million over four years and ultimatey pay for about a sixth of Seattle's pre-schoolers, from a union measure—I-107. (I-107 is on the same ballot. It sets up teacher training guidelines and raises teacher pay to $15 an hour ASAP. The dissident union measure, it has oddly not won the backing of the King County Labor Council yet, does not come with funding.)
But Fizz wonders if Murray will also distinguish his kids property tax measure from his .33 cents per $1,000 property tax measure for parks (on the August 5 ballot) or his .1 sales tax and $60 vehicle license fee for Metro funding (on the November ballot.)
For example, is transportation for 600,000 commuters getting to work (so parents can support their kids) a moral issue too? (Murray is fond of characterizing the pre-K measure as a moral one.)