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 1. Although the Sacramento Kings' relocation to Seattle may seem unstoppable from this corner of the coast, a group of investors is coalescing in Southern California in a last-ditch effort to hold on to the team, the Sacramento Bee reports.

"Billionaire Ron Burkle and Bay Area investor Mark Mastrov are in serious discussions to team up on a bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and partner with the city of Sacramento on a plan to help finance a new downtown sports arena," the Bee reports.

2. PubliCola noted the pending legislative assault on workers' comp in our Monday preview. Today, the AP reports the details on the batch of bills that would reduce payouts to injured workers. One bill would encourage workers to take fixed settlements from their employers, rather than suing for more money; another would exclude health care from injured workers' benefits for the purposes of calculating workers' comp payments. The bills are backed by the so-called Majority Coalition Caucus, a group of 23 senate Republicans and two conservative Democrats.
The AP reports the details on a batch of bills that would reduce payouts to injured workers.

Former Democratic state Represenative Brendan Williams took on the MCC's assault on workers' compensation for PubliCola last week.

3. In an effort to decrease Washington state's notoriously lengthy election cycle (because the whole state votes by mail, it can be weeks before the results of close elections are known), state Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (D-24) has proposed legislation that would require counties to process and count ballots until midnight on election night (as opposed to 8pm, the current cutoff), the News Tribune (subscription required) reports.

Opponents argue that requiring county employees to work into the night will cost counties money and increase the frequency of mistakes. However, the bill could be a middle ground between the current system—which leaves voters in the dark about close elections—and proposals to require people to get their ballots to the county by election day, as opposed to merely in the mail, which would likely suppress voter turnout. 

4. The Cascade Bicycle Club has a new poll showing that, contrary to the pervasive Seattle Times/ Washington Policy Center "war on cars" rhetoric, people in Seattle actually feel quite favorably toward bicyclists, and most of them even own a bike themselves.

The Stranger published CBC's results.  

5. City hall reporters (and copy editors), rejoice: Geekwire reports that the city of Seattle has partnered with a service called WordRake that scans documents (like city legislation) and eliminates useless and redundant words and phrases. So, for example: Instead of "It was this that led JPMC to uncover a number of red flags indicating that Madoff was engaging in fraud," WordRake would suggest: "This led JPMC to uncover several red flags indicating Madoff was engaging in fraud." Few things warm a reporter's heart more than a concise turn of phrase.