1. Isn't it weird that ... The state will now have to spend significantly more (at least $100 million) on mistakes it made constructing the 520 bridge pontoons than it has spent on all bike and pedestrian projects, combined, since 2005?
Over the course of nearly a decade, the state and federal government have spent only around $60 million on bike and ped projects—about $23 million from the federal government, and the remaining $37 million from the state—including the 2005 Transportation Partnership program, a statewide gas tax increase that will phase out over the next two years.
2. Isn't it weird that ... As a largely unknown candidate for mayor, commercial real-estate investor Charlie Staadecker, who works out of a tiny office on 5th between the 5th Ave. Theater and Brooks Bros., where he seems to buy his clothes, has raised more than $100,000 as of the end of February, according to his spokesman Hamilton McCullough?
Although most candidates haven't reported any fundraising yet for February, the top fundraisers as of the end of January were city council member Tim Burgess (with $132,547), Mayor Mike McGinn ($119,598) and state Sen. Ed Murray ($117,429); the candidates' fundraising totals, of course, do not reflect the amount they've already spent.
3. Isn't it weird that ... Of all four city council incumbents up for reelection this year, the only one who's drawn any opposition so far is nice guy Seattle lefty Mike O'Brien? The only two candidates who've filed, have both chosen to run against O'Brien.
From the right, O'Brien is being opposed by a business consultant and onetime potential Mayor McGinn opponent Albert Shen, who has argued vociferously against transit spending (O'Brien is a vocal transit and bike spending proponent). And from the left, StandUP America activist Sam Bellomio, who shows up at virtually every city council hearing bearing a big red posterboard with a tiny U.S. flag in the corner to testify on matters unrelated to the council's agenda.
And from this morning's Fizz about the State Supreme Court giant decision to throw out the two-thirds requirement for raising taxes:
4. Isn't it Delicious That ... the Republicans in Olympia are now pressed to round up a two-thirds vote themselves?
The court said in its ruling today: "Should the people and the legislature still wish to require a supermajority for tax legislation, they must do so through a constitutional amendment..."
It takes a two-thirds vote of the legislature to pass a constitutional amendment.
Here's the Court's decision.