1. At last night's rally outside the Sheraton Hotel where 300 protesters denounced controversial Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—the anti-union Walker was speaking (and getting an award) inside at the annual dinner for the Washington Policy Center, a conservative think tank—King County Labor Council leader David Freiboth said: “We’re here to say, ‘Have your fun,’ We are still going to run the agenda here.”
Freiboth seems right about that.
Did you know that both the pending minimum wage ordinance in SeaTac and also Seattle's paid sick leave ordiance exempt unionized businesses if management and the union agree to take it out?
2. Mayor Mike McGinn has been making a point of announcing all of his planned public appearances, from the U District Rotary Club to Grandmothers Against Gun Violence, leading up to the November election—drawing a contrast between himself and his challenger state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill), who hadn't released a similar list until we bugged him about it yesterday.
Murray is actually appearing at many of the same events as McGinn, but one event he didn't attend was last night's candidate meet-and-greet in Haller Lake.
Murray sent a staffer to represent him at the event because, Murray's campaign says, he was attending the closed-door Amalgamated Transit Union 587 members' meeting; the ATU, which represents Metro bus drivers, has endorsed Murray over McGinn.
"I would say, let’s sit down with our joint legislative delegation and create a King County legislative agenda."—Ed Murray
3. One non-public-safety-related item that came up at Murray's press conference yesterday—where Seattle City Council member and public saftey chair Bruce Harrell endorsed Murray—was the city's legislative agenda (the wish list the city's lobbyists take down to Olympia every year).
Murray said he would "do something that no mayor in the 18 years that I’ve been in the legislature has ever done"—craft a legislative agenda in concert with the Seattle legislative delegation and King County.
"In the 18 years I've been in office, what happens is, we get a city agenda dropped on us a couple weeks before session. I would reach out to [King County Executive] and I would say, let’s sit down with our joint legislative delegation and create a King County legislative agenda."