1. President Obama announced today that he's going to nominate former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels as the alternate U.S. rep to the 65th U.N. General Assembly.  (Obama is nominating U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Carol Culp, a senior VP for brand communications at John Hancock, a financial firm in Boston, as the main U.N. reps.)

2. PubliCola sent a photographer to last night's Storm game at Key Areman—the Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 87-84, and now they have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five WNBA finals.

We'll post more of our photos later, but here's Sue Bird hitting a jumper to pull the Storm within two, 21-19, at the end of the first quarter.



Our photog will be at Game 5 at the Key next Tuesday if it's necessary, but we don't think it's gonna be.

3. An eastern Washington voter contacted Morning Fizz with concerns about an opinion-heavy political poll she took this week.

The phone survey started out innocently enough. The pollster asked, on a scale of one to four, how the voter felt about prominent political figures: Former President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, Senator Patty Murray, her challenger, Dino Rossi, and sometime senate hopeful Clint Didier.

Then the pollster asked for the voter's party affiliation, and who she planned to vote in this November's senate race. When the voter said Dino Rossi, the messaging began.

The pollster took the voter through five (or so) scenarios, giving some information about Rossi, and asking whether those scenarios gave her “no doubt, some doubt, or extreme doubt” about her choice.

She didn’t remember all of the specifics, but the pollster did say Rossi opposed stem cell research “even though it could lead to a cure for diseases like diabetes”; that Rossi had “sided with big business;” and that Rossi had supported a bill allowing credit card companies to market to teenagers.

Fizz asked the voter who conducted the poll, and she told us she remembered that is was “heart” survey—and so, a little confused, had  been expecting health-related questions.

Instinct and some googling led Fizz to D.C. polling firm Hart Research Associates. Among the clients listed on their website? The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

4. Most local progressive groups—Fuse, Washington Bus, Sierra Club, Cascade Bicycle Club, Progressive Majority—have endorsed Joe Fitzgibbon in this year's Democrat vs. Democrat showdown in the 34th Legislative District state house rep race.

However, Mike Heavey recently got the sole nod from the Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle, a group that's dedicated to promoting progressives.