King County Superior Court judge Laura Middaugh, the judge assigned to rule on City Attorney Pete Holmes' lawsuit to stop the anti-tunnel referendum, will remain the judge assigned to the case despite allegations that she has a conflict of interest due to the fact that she is married to state Sen. Adam Kline (D-11), Middaugh ruled today.

Protect Seattle Now, the anti-tunnel group, challenged Middaugh's assignment to the case, arguing that her marriage to Kline constituted a conflict of interest because Kline is in a position to vote on the tunnel project.

Holmes is arguing that three agreements between the city and state on the tunnel are not subject to referendum because they are merely administrative actions confirming a previously adopted legislative policy (city support for the tunnel). Middaugh will hear oral arguments on the case next Friday morning.