1. Entrepreneur magazine links to a list of the seven top "startup cities."

The list, in order of ranking, includes: Austin, Seattle, Boulder, New York, Boston, D.C., and San Francisco.

The ratings are based on: median tech employee wages, overall taxes, office prices, and housing prices.

No mention of tax breaks, wich should shake up conventional wisdom in Olympia (here's looking at you Russell Investments).

And missing from the list—though Entrepreneur does riff about Austin's music scene—the Richard Florida factor. That is: How user friendly is a city to young, creative people?

I don't know how Seattle stacks up against the rest of the cities on the list on that score, but someone should come up with a metric for good clubs, cheap eats, rec and sports leagues, the singles scene, the arts scene, bike lanes, bike and car shares, and all the other factors that might make a city welcoming to the creative class.

I bet, for example, Austin (being part of Texas), would lose some points thanks to things like the recent anti-choice legislation that passed there. And Seattle would gain some ground thanks to our P-Patch fame.

2. The Spokesman Review reports that a pro-gun control measure and an anti-gun control measure may duel it out at the polls next year.

Jim Camden reports:

If both Initiative 591 and Initiative 594 get the required signatures, they’ll likely be on the 2014 ballot if the Legislature follows its recent pattern of punting such measures to the voters rather than adopting them.

I-591, a one-page proposal that bans government confiscation of guns and any background check that isn’t part of a national system, started its signature-gathering campaign about two weeks ago at one of the state’s biggest gun shows, the Washington Arms Collectors’ Show in Puyallup.

I-594, an 18-page proposal that lays out a process to apply the current federal system of background checks required by dealers to private sales in Washington – with some exceptions for family transfer and antique sales – got its final ballot language approved last week and will start circulating petitions this week.

“It looks like we’ll be out there together,” said Zach Silk, campaign manager for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is sponsoring I-594.

Silk accused I-591 supporters of trying to muddy the waters with competing initiatives: “The fastest path to victory is confusion. I think that indeed is the gun lobby’s strategy.”

3. The Seattle Times reports on a new Elway poll showing Governor Inslee, coming out of a bruising, prolonged legislative session, with underwhelming poll numbers.

Asked about his job performance, 49 percent of those polled put him in the "Only Fair" (33 percent) or "Poor" (16 percent) category while 40 percent thought he was doing a "Good" (33 percent) or "Excellent" (seven percent) job.

The Times is behind a paywall, so here's the poll itself.

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