1. Trying to restore their credibility after their corporate bosses took out independent-expenditure ads for the Republican candidate for governor, Rob McKenna, the Seattle Times fact-checks those ads and finds them "Half True."
Among their conclusions: The basic math one of the ads uses to malign the state's graduation rate is off dramatically (the ads added the percentage of students who fail to the percentage who drop out, while the dropout rate is already included in the failure rate—resulting in a "failure rate" that is almost twice as high as reality); the same ad falsely implies that more than half of high school graduates who go to community college lack basic skills such as the ability to read and write; and another ad misstates the state's unemployment rate.
2. The Spokane Spokesman-Review (joining PubliCola) endorses Tea Party Republican James Watkins over Democrat Troy Kelley for state auditor in an editorial that focuses primarily on Kelley's shortcomings:
We endorse Watkins because Kelley has not been as open as we would like regarding litigation stemming from his business, which processes mortgage paperwork. The lawsuits have been settled and, as Kelley points out, no crimes were alleged, no liens filed, nor complaints made with any bar association. But he has not been willing to release pertinent court documents, even after one of the plaintiffs was willing to open the seal.
Also disturbing is a money trail of accounts that at one time passed through Belize, where any assets would have been beyond the reach of U.S. courts. That account was closed after relatively little money was deposited.
3. The Tacoma News Tribune reports that outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire disagrees with both her prospective successors (Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna) about how to fund education: She says there's no way to fully fund K-12 education in the state without some sort of tax increase—a proposal Gregoire acknowledged would need to go to a public vote, given both candidates' vows to avoid any tax increases.
4. Via the SunBreak, a pearl-clutching reporter with Harper's visits Seattle's downtown public library, is horrified by the number of homeless people (and, presumably, non-homeless people) disturbing his ability to work, ride the elevator, and use the bathroom in peace.