1. Port of Seattle director Tay Yoshitani sent a video around to Port staffers yesterday afternoon featuring current FOX News commentator Oliver North (best known for his role in the Iran-Contra scandal) giving a pro-military speech in front of an audience of National Rifle Association members.
The video, sent from Yoshitani's official government address to staffers' official Port addresses, shows North praising US military actions in Iraq and lauding young Marines for "going to Bible studies and [religious] services. ... When they gather in prayer circles and huddle up before a mission, they are not going off to play football. They are going into mortal combat," North says.
The video, which Yoshitani distributed with the message, "A must See Video —Ending is fabulous!" concludes with a link to the NRA's web site and a request to donate to the NRA.
2. Chris Reykdal, one of seven candidates in the Democratic scrum to replace state Rep. Brendan Williams in the 22nd Legislative District (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey), scored Williams' sole endorsement yesterday.
Reykdal, a former Tumwater planning commissioner and social justice lefty, also got the sole endorsement from the Washington State Labor Council two weeks ago.
Williams' Facebook page has the scoop where he writes:
After beating they've endured, I promised to support labor's candidate to replace me. Although all labor vetting not done, as of today Chris Reykdal has amassed most labor support on cusp of party's "nominating" process. I endorse Chris, despite friendship with, and regard for, Judy, Steve, Stew & Sofia. A great fie...ld in which one star has, to date, shone more brightly with more groups.
Seattle Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36) jumped in with a comment:
Wow, big FB announcement in the 22nd! Well done, and thanks for taking a stand. I share your belief that Chris has the courageous honesty to be a rock star legislator.
We've written about the race before, where Reykdal's main opponent is Stewart Henderson, a conflict resolution consultant who has raised $33,000 to Reykdal's $31,000, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
3. Yesterday, Denny Heck—who's running to replace U.S. Rep. Brian Baird in the 3rd Congressional District—got some press by coming out in support of U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, the dissident Democrat who voted against the Wall Street reform bill because she felt the regulations weren't strict enough.
Not to be outdone by Heck, state Sen. Craig Pridemore, the other Democrat in the race, says:
"I agree with Senator Cantwell's position and would have gone further by restricting the size of banks. I've been outspoken about this from the beginning of the campaign."
4. Here's a stat we left out of yesterday's Fizz report on the new Washington Poll: 52 percent approve removing civil and criminal penalties for pot. 35 percent oppose.
I-1068, currently in signature-gathering mode, would decriminalize pot.