1. Former speaker of the house (and Tea Party progéniteur) Newt Gingrich (also a failed GOP presidential candidate in 2012), is hosting a U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8) campaign fundraiser at the Hilton Garden Inn in Issaquah on September 25.
It's $150 to attend the general reception; $500 for VIP photo tickets; and $2,500 ($4,000 per couple) to sit in on the roundtable discussion with Gingrich.
2. There's not a lot of drama in the race to fill retiring state Sen. Adam Kline's (D-37, Southeast Seattle) seat. Former OneAmerica director Pramila Jayapal has been the front-runner for months and her 54.16 percent showing in a primary field of six candidates confirmed (for once) the punditry and conventional wisdom.
Last week, Jayapal picked up a solid endorsement from one of her former primary opponents, civil rights attorney and former president of Seattle's NAACP chapter Sheley Secrest.
And so Fizz is happy to announce a little action in the race: As her husband UFCW labor leader Steve Williamson reported on Facebook this weekend: Jayapal ended up with her arm in bandages this weekend when, heading home from the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, her hand got whammed by a rock flying from a lawn mower in a "freak accident."
Williamson wrote: "Kissing babies, yes. Shaking voters' hands, not so much. ... Good news is no broken bones, just a nasty contusion. Sympathy votes anyone?!"
3. And two pieces of news we forgot to report on Friday: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, jumped in to the refugee crisis at the Mexican border where children have been detained fleeing central American countries torn up by drug gang wars (Washington state was temporarily drawn into the crisis when Joint Base Lewis-McChord was being considered as a facility to house some of the nearly 60,000 minors who have tried to cross the border.) Ferguson intends to file a friend of the court brief in a federal case trying to establish the right of immigrant children to have a lawyer present during deportation hearings.
Another piece of noteworthy news: A King County Superior Court judge ruled that a microhousing development in Capitol Hill must go through design review. The developer had been avoiding design review because the city wasn't counting all the "bedrooms" (49, each with its own kitchen and bathroom) as dwelling units, which allowed the project to meet a less strict review process. Capitol Hill Seattle has the story.
The possible precedent may be handled legislatively, though. Erica had the news earlier last week that the council is moving forward on aPodment regulations that includes requiring design review for larger microhousing developments—administrative design review for those over 12,000 square feet total, and full design review for those over 20,000 square feet. Both would allow neighbors to appeal the design of big new microhousing developments.