1. The tough Twitter talk from State Sen. Michaeal Baumgartner (R-6, Spokane) against the State Supreme Court continued late last week.

After the justices ordered the state to appear in court to explain why the legislature hadn't done enough to abide by the court's McCleary ruling to fully fund K-12 education, Baumgartner had something to say, comparing the Court to Zimbabwe strongman Robert Mugabe and Russian bully Vladimir Putin.   

Baumgartner flexed his Twitter muscles earlier this year when he told the court to "go pound sand" for demanding that the state meet the McCleary mandate to fund schools. 

Sen. Baumgartner has also taunted the court with legislation, proposing a bill in February with language directly mimicking McCleary, ordering the court to increase its caseload, plus another bill earlier in the year downsizing the court from nine to seven justices.

Baumgartner is facing a slightly tougher race than anticipated in his suburban-Spokane district from film production entrepreneur, Democrat Rich Cowan. (Cowan has raised an impressive $119,000; Baumgartner is still far ahead at $210,000, though $20,000 has come from the Republican Party itself.)

2. Suburban Spokane doesn't have the lock on Republicans who take issue with sustainable funding for basics such as education.

The Seattle group opposed to the Metropolitan Parks District is using consulting firm The Gilpin Group, whose founder Sharon Gilpin has a record of contributing to Dino Rossi, Tim Eyman, and the King County Republicans.

And the group's treasurer, Glenn Avery, is the chair of the 36th District Republicans.

3.  The Seattle Times had a charged scoop on Saturday: Last October (and re-upped in February), Seattle City Light hired a consultant to safeguard director Jorge Carrasco's image, monitoring and tweaking Google search results about him. 

Carrasco is up for a controversial $125,000 raise; he already makes $245,000. The City Council is scheduled to vote on it today.  

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