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1. In one of the more cutting legal documents we've seen in a while, the Washington Secretary of State's office issued its response to Tim Eyman's complaint that they misstated how much his latest proposal, Initiative 1185, would cost the state. (The state says the measure will cost it between  $22.8 million and $33.1 million in lost revenues through 2017; Eyman says it will cost the state nothing.)

The state's brief, in short, argues that Eyman has no right to demand that the state change its cost assumptions because his claim "does not satisfy the most basic criteria for" such an order.

Basically, the state is arguing that Eyman doesn't have the right to tell it that its assumptions are incorrect because that question is outside the scope of the initiative process; if he thinks the state's assumptions are wrong, that's a matter for a court to decide in the future if voters end up adopting 1185.

Read the state's whole response to Eyman here.

2. US Sen. Maria Cantwell saw a fundraising opportunity in yesterday's national story about US Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO); Akin, of course, who's running for Senate against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), caused an uproar when he defended his position that rape victims shouldn't have access to abortion, saying victims of  "legitimate rape" don't get pregnant because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Cantwell, who's being challenged this election by Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner (R-6, Spokane), who opposes abortion in instances of rape, sent out a fundraising letter yesterday asking voters to contribute to McCaskill's campaign—and her own.

Calling Baumgartner "dangerous," Cantwell's fundraising letter states:
This isn't the isolated position of some zealot in Missouri. Maria’s opponent right here in Washington state also opposes the right to choose, and in the case of rape would force the victim to have her attacker's child.

Extreme right-wing candidates like these would overturn Roe v. Wade and take away a woman’s right to choose in even the most traumatic of circumstances. These extreme candidates are dangerous -- and they show a blatant disregard for over 32,000 rape victims who become pregnant every year in the United States.

Yesterday, we asked Baumgartner about Akin's statement (he said it was "idiotic") and about his own position on rape and abortion (he reiterated his position that he's against abortion in cases of rape).

Cantwell has outraised Baumgartner $10.5 million to about $700,000 so far; she has $2.1 million cash on hand to Baumgartner's $181,841. Cantwell won the primary handily, 55.68 to 30.06.

3. The Washington State GOP  is making of fun of gubernatorial Democratic candidate Jay Inslee's book Apollo's Fire, his 2007 manifesto on green energy, noting that five of the companies Inslee hailed in the book are either flopping, have failed, or "don't exist."

4. File this one under rumor: Fizz hears that Don Brunell, the longtime (since 1987) President of the Association of Washington Business (AWB), the powerful business lobby in Washington State, is planning to retire in the next year. The AWB did not return our call yesterday.

UPDATE: AWB spokeswoman Jocelyn McCabe says Brunell is retiring in January 2014.