1. There's a hardcore hit piece on YouTube against King County Council candidate John Creighton about the restraining order that Creighton's ex-girlfriend took out against him and the $5,000 Creighton subsequently paid her to dismiss it.

(Erica broke the story on this messy matter in October 2009. Here's Creighton's official response from the time.)

 

The video doesn't disclose who paid for it, nor are their any records at the Public Disclosure Commission of any independent expenditures against Creighton, a Port of Seattle Commissioner who's running against Republican incumbent Jane Hague, along with Democratic challenger and former General Counsel to Gov. Chris Gregoire, Richard Mitchell, and Bellevue architect and former Bellevue Council member Patsy Bonincontri.

2. Wonky Seattle Times transportation reporter Mike Lindblom has a good piece in today's Times that takes a close look at many of the claims the anti and pro-tunnel camps are making in their respective campaign literature.

The Times also has a report on the anti-tunnel rally at City Hall yesterday.

3. Yesterday's house debt limit vote—capping a deal between the White House and Republicans to increase the debt limit in exchange for trillions in cuts sought by Republicans—didn't include Democratic items like revenue or extending unemployment benefits.[pullquote]Another vote Washington State should note in yesterday's house roll call: US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).[/pullquote]

Liberal Washington US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7, Seattle) voted 'No,' but liberal US Rep. Jay Inslee—saying the deal was "unbalanced" but would "avert economic disaster"—voted 'Yes.'

Inslee also reasoned that the deal "could protect Medicare"—the federal health care program for seniors that has been on the table all along (and is still in the "trigger" mandate that came with the deal that now shadows upcoming talks for more savings).

U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8 ), voted yes, along with Washington's entire Republican delegation, praising it for "cutting spending by a larger amount than the debt limit is increased and capping future spending to limit the growth of government."

Another vote Washington State should note in yesterday's house roll call: US Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH).

Kucinich, who's contemplating a move to Washington State to run for Inslee's seat (Inslee's running for governor), voted 'No'—as did every Democrat from Ohio.

After the vote, Kucinich said in a statement:
We could have avoided this hostage-taking if the President chose to apply his expertise in Constitutional law to invoke the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to raise the debt ceiling. Instead, we are taking America from the New Deal of 1932 to the Raw Deal of 2011.

4. The PubliCola ThinkTank took July off. But the weekly feature returns tomorrow with dueling editorials—including one from Tim Eyman—on tolling. Stay tuned.