Caffeinated News & Gossip

1. Mayor Mike McGinn's team, including his chief of staff Julie McCoy, was making phone calls to the mayor's original 2009 supporters yesterday and this weekend, seeking endorsements for a Wednesday McGinn announcement; McGinn's reportedly starting his reelection campaign website and announcing details of his campaign strategy.

His endorsement list will be a revealing look at who's sticking by McGinn.

A couple of 2009 McGinn fans who got the last-minute phone call told Team McGinn they weren't ready to commit or were staying neutral for now—and were disappointed the phone call didn't include a brief on McGinn's platform for a second term.

In the understatement of the year, an announcement for a town hall starring state Sen. Rodney Tom begins with this line: "Have questions ... ?"

2. In what's probably the understatement of the year, an announcement for a town hall starring state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Bellevue) begins with this line: "Have questions ... ?"

Tom, the dissident Democrat who's leading an insurrection to put the Republicans in control of the state senate, is hosting a town hall for constituents at Bellevue City Hall from 6 to 8 pm tonight.

Also on the bill: The 48th's two firmly Democratic state reps—Ross Hunter, the house Finance Committee Chair, and newly elected Rep. Cyrus Habib. Habib is replacing retiring Rep. Deb Eddy.

3. Fizz got a bizarre email yesterday morning, titled "Sign the Save Mike Ennis On Line Petition."

Ennis, until recently, was the transportation director for the right-wing Washington Policy Center; he spoke on the pro-car side at PubliCola's 2011 "War on Cars" debate.

The petition seeks to ensure that WPC doesn't erase its former employee's posts; so far, it has all of eight signers, including the WPC's environmental director Todd Myers (who notes wryly, "It is not as good as the environmental blog, but adequate enough to save") and Ennis himself. 

But not to fear, car lovers: Ennis' blog posts appear to be safe. As for Ennis: He took a job at the Association for Washington Business, the conservative business group, which lobbies (among other things) for road funding and against state transit dollars. 

4. In the wake of the Newtown shootings, the city and King County are announcing a new gun buyback program this morning. When Los Angeles held its own gun buyback, it took in more than 2,000 weapons, including assault rifles, handguns—and two rocket launchers.