The Dino Rossi campaign has tried to make an issue out of "earmarks"—a nasty word for budget line items. Rossi's rival, incumbent U.S. Sen. Patty Murray is ranked 9th in securing earmarks.

It turns out the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs thinks earmarks are an issue too—in a good way.

WACOPS endorsed Sen. Murray today.

Perhaps the group—which represents 4500 law enforcement officials statewide—likes that Murray's knack at getting Federal money lined up for Washington nets stuff like this:
•Securing needed funding for training and equipment for police forces and sheriffs’ offices across the state ($1.2 million)

•Establishing a national center based in Pierce County to fight methamphetamine use and distribution. ($900,000)

•Washington State Methamphetamine Initiative, with a particular focus on Yakima, Spokane, the Tri-Cities and the I-5 corridor. ($1.3 million)

•Providing resources for prevention programs focused on keeping on at-risk youth out of gangs ($1.4 million)