1. Schmudget (Yiddish for budget), the blog of the Washington Budget and Policy Center, lays out its views on the impact this year's ballot initiatives would have on the state budget. Not surprisingly, the lefty think tank opposes I-1185, Tim Eyman's reinstatement of the anti-tax two-thirds rule; says pot legalization would benefit the state financially; and opposes a new law that would allow state schools to invest their operating funds on the stock market.
2. As they previously promised, the state longshore workers' union, ILWU 21, has sued the city and county over their plans to build an arena in SoDo, saying the two governments should have completed a full environmental agreement before they approved the arena deal, the Seattle Times reports.
This is basically the Peter Goldman argument—once the city and county sign the deal, Goldman argues, the idea that the environmental review will seriously consider other sites becomes a joke, and the current site becomes a fait accompli.
3. Seattle Transit Blog releases its endorsements. The only major surprise: In a bit of legislative chess-playing, they endorse Republican challenger Barbara Bailey over current Democratic 10th District state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the routinely anti-transit chair of the senate transportation committee.
Their thinking: If Haugen's out, progressive Sen. Tracey Eide, a longtime transit advocate, would be in line to head up the transportation committee. Eide, STB says, "had the fortitude to resist the populist, counterproductive anti-Sound Transit bill forwarded by her House counterparts."
4. A flyer by a group called the Private Enterprise Project misrepresented votes by state Rep. Tim Probst (D-17), who's challenging state Sen. Don Benton (D-17) in the general election. The flyer made it look as if Probst had voted for a budget that included a candy and soda tax (he voted against it) and said he had voted for restoring a simple-majority requirement to raise taxes (he voted against it).
Taken together, the two inaccurately cited votes make Probst look pro-tax in contrast to anti-tax Benton. The group, which calls itself "nonpartisan," is run by a former lobbyist for the state farm bureau, a conservative group that typically endorses Republicans, and calls itself "conservative philosophically about taxes and spending" in a Columbian story about the flyer.