We don't have a guest for this morning's Friday's Likes and Dislikes. We have several guests.

Per usual, when we don't have a special guest write our Friday Likes & Dislikes installment of Fizz, we sent out a Thursday afternoon email yesterday to a long list of politicians, insiders, staffers, political consultants, and longtime local know-it-alls to get ideas for our own Friday morning love/hate fest.

Typically, we get a couple of responses, generating a few ideas and/or we get some suggestions that jibe with our own in-house brainstorm.

"The (theoretically) more liberal Democrats here are still pretending their House proposal for 10% to multimodal is a win, just because the Republicans started with 0%." 

But, whoa. Things are evidently antsy out there. The flood of responses came fast and furious. 

Here's our combo platter, just quoting verbatim the high-strung venting that poured in last night: 

"Dislike. All the fucking emails within the chattering class to vote for the parks levy."

"I like that Mercer Island is thinking about buying some bus service: Nothing may come of it, but it's not the first city I would guess would join Seattle in cushioning the Metro cuts."

"If you think the two pre-kindergarten votes are confusing? That's just the start.The measure to stop bus cuts is Seattle Transportation Benefit District Prop 1. The two pre-K are City of Seattle Prop 1a and City of Seattle Prop 1b. And then the crazy monorail measure is Seattle Citizen Petition 1. DISLIKE absurd election rules that allow four different Prop. 1s to be on the ballot for voters in the same election.

"For that matter. DISLIKE that even the Tea Party-controlled Congress approved re-authorizing (temporarily, but still) Highway Trust Fund that allocates 20% of its funds to transit/biking/walking. And the (theoretically) more liberal Democrats here are still pretending their House proposal for 10% to multimodal is a win, just because the Republicans started with 0%."

"Dislike. All the fucking emails within the chattering class to vote for the parks levy."

"Like that Jess Spear's campaign [against state House speaker Frank Chopp, D-43] has enough money for robocalls and mailers and that she's at every organized protest in town. Go Jess! Because it's not the final vote, and it's kind of just a big poll, Spear gets 48 percent."

"I like how well GOP candidates did in their SEAMEC ratings. I suppose it isn't too many, but Chad Megandanz over in the 5th [East King County, Unincorporated King County], as well as Andy Hill in the 45th [Kirkland] and Joe Fain in the 47th [Auburn], all received high marks from SEAMEC—the muni league of homos. It's a 'Like' because even the GOP in suburban and semi-rural KC are jumping on the homo bandwagon. (It's a 'Don't Like' because that takes away a wedge issue for Democrats like me.)" 

"Like that kick ass ACLU attorney Alison Holcomb is keeping her options open for which council member she might challenge. Sawant probably isn't worried either way, but council member Sally Clark might have a few sleepless nights ahead while Holcomb decides. *I met with her [Holcomb] this week."

"I like that the speculation of who will run for Seattle City Council in the 5th District [North Seattle] includes not only rumors of Jordan Royer and David Miller running again, but also murmuring that their wives Julianna Ross and Donna Hartmann-Miller would be welcome candidates."

"LIKE that Rep Laurie Jinkins calls business out for their political bullshit [at the very end of this News Tribune article]. Business, who said passing a transportation package was their number one priority last session, are giving money to the Republicans who are in turn using that money to hit Democrats on voting for a transportation package. (According to Speaker Chopp at a transit fundraiser on Tuesday, first mailer attacking a gas tax vote hit against Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-26, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor earlier this week.)"

And from our own corner—not a Like or Dislike this AM, but speaking of the parks measure, we put up a poll late in the day, and a few hundred of you have already voted.

 


The Metropolitan Parks District is winning 75-25. Frankly, we don't think it holds. But keep voting here. We'll close the poll at the end of the day. 

 

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