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1. Among the familiar names who filed for an open seat on the Seattle Port Commission (ex-city council member Jan Drago; daughter-of-Chris Courtney Gregoire; and former maverick-y Republican state Rep. Glenn Anderson) are dozens of little-known hopefuls.

But few have a resume like William Pontius. A former Mr. Gay World USA, Mr. Gay Seattle, and "Best Sex" winner at the Stranger's amateur porn fest HUMP!, he also stars in Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" video.

Asked about his qualifications for the Port Commission, Pontius told Fizz he has experience with social media, community organizing (with Washington United for Marriage) and working in the manufacturing and fishing industries.

"I'm 32 years old. I understand those 100,000 jobs are going to greatly impact my generation—I want to be here to help."

2. Speaking of hopefuls... isn't it weird that none of this year's Seattle city council members who are up for reelection—Sally Bagshaw, Richard Conlin, Nick Licata, and Mike O'Brien—have drawn any challengers yet, while the mayor has drawn seven official challengers?

Remember how the council, particularly Conlin, was supposed to face a populist backlash for signing off on the tunnel draft EIS over Mayor McGinn's objections?

City Attorney Pete Holmes, who also defied McGinn on the tunnel by filing a lawsuit against the anti-tunnel ballot measure, was  supposed to feel the heat from McGinn's anti-tunnel base as well.

Holmes has not drawn a challenger yet either.

Enough Democratic state legislators have groused to Fizz about it now, that we feel confident giving Inslee a bad grade on a speech he gave last week.

3. Speaking of city council members who are up for reelection: Election reform crusader, for better or worse, O'Brien, who kicked off his reelection campaign last year with a promise to raise his first $10,000 exclusively in $10 contributions, is renewing his pledge.

In an email to supporters, O'Brien announced today that he hopes to raise another $10,000 in $10 donations by May 10, the last day for candidates to file.

4. Enough Democratic state legislators have groused to Fizz about it now, that we feel confident giving Gov. Jay Inslee a bad grade on a speech he gave to Democratic state senators and reps last week at a private dinner at the Rockfish Grill in Olympia. It was reportedly "short on specifics."

As one legislator described it: "Have you seen his campaign stump speech?"

Photo by Lucas Anderson

Inslee made a joke about Republican house minority leader Rep. Richard DeBolt's (R-20, Chehalis) red stationary, but that's evidently about as detail-oriented as he got, according to another legislator.

5. Speaking of Washington state Democratic governors: Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire has apparently been passed up by President Obama for a gig as Interior Secretary. Obama will name REI CEO Sally Jewell as his pick today.

Gregoire was rumored to be in the running to replace outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. And she did not deny those rumors. Gregoire had also been mentioned for the top job at the EPA, where chief Lisa Jackson is retiring. It doesn't seem likely now, though, that Obama would pick two women from Washington state for his cabinet.