1. We missed this jarring KIRO story when we were compiling our daily On Other Blogs roundup yesterday.
Democratic state Sen. Brian Hatfield's (D-19, Raymond) 14-year-old son has been charged with rape and child molestation.
Prosecutors believe in February, the victim's mother walked in on inappropriate contact between the two boys.
The victim told his mother about "numerous times of abuse."
According to court documents, the victim's mother shared that information with Sen. Hatfield, but neither she nor Sen. Hatfield called to report the allegations to police.
It was two and a half months later when another child at one the boy's schools learned what happened and reported it to an adult who informed authorities.
2. Mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) has a brief window to raise money before the legislature resumes business on May 13 (legislators are not allowed to raise money while the legislature is in session and Murray, blocked from fundraising for the last four months, has fallen behind two of his main rivals, Seattle City Council member Tim Burgess and Mayor Mike McGinn, when it comes to money raised and cash on hand. Even long-shot candidate Charlie Staadecker is ahead of Murray in money raised—and about even for cash on hand.
Check out the last numbers here: Burgess had raised $194,000 with $86,000 on hand; McGinn had raised $153,000 with $73,000 on hand; and Murray was at $117,000 raised with $66,000 cash on hand.
Fizz hears Murray is holding a fundraiser at a fancy Belltown condo tomorrow evening; he's told us that he's raising most of his money, though, by "dialing for dollars."
Once the special session begins, the legislature is expected to go through at least mid-June trying to resolve the budget impasse.
3. Fizz appreciates that former City Council member Peter Steinbruek, who's also in the crowded field running for mayor, files his campaign reports the old-fashioned way, reporting as he goes, so we can get a sneak peek at his contributions. (He held a fundraiser last weekend at the home of local activist icon Kay Bullitt where he raised about $20,000.)
That May report isn't in just yet, but his April fundraising appears to be in, and he looks to be at about $20,000 raised, which would still leave him well behind the pack with about $65,000 raised total. We'll see if he reports more for April at the next deadline later this week.
Steinbrueck is also spending more slowly than other candidates. He had $30,000 cash on hand at last count.