1. Sylvester Cann, who's running against incumbent state Rep. Gerry Pollet in the 46th district, confirmed to PubliCola that he was busted (though not arrested) in 2004, when he was 24, for attempting to steal two books (music and economics textbooks, he says) worth about $100 from the University Bookstore in the U District while he was a student at the University of Washington.
Additionally, Cann confirms that he got in trouble with the police as a teenager in Kent for illegal drag racing.
City of Seattle municipal court records show that Cann paid the city $950 in restitution for stealing the books, which he calls "one of the worst mistakes I've ever made."
"I was in a situation where I couldn't afford tuition, books, and fees," Cann says. (Because the police report was written before the era of online reporting, it's impossible to know if the Seattle Police Department's official account confirms Cann's version of events.)
As for the drag racing, Cann says, it was "way back when I got my first car---a handful of buddies and I were racing up and down the street. ... On the scale of danger, it was probably a 2 or 3, but it was still illegal."
2. The Latest KING 5 poll has Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee beating Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna by six points, 48-42. (Inslee led by five points in KING 5's previous poll in early September.)
The poll found that voters like Inslee better on social issues and the environment and they like McKenna better on the economy.
Perhaps the deciding factor: Inslee is more "likeable" by 14 points.
3. Liberal advocacy group Fuse released its annual "Sizzle and Fizzle" awards yesterday; we hyped the "Sizzle" award they gave to state Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-26, Gig Harbor) and state Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-44, Snohomish) for the Democratic pair's Paul Krugman-style $1 billion jobs bond.
But Fuse hit the nail on the head with a few others, including giving a "Sizzle" to state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) and state Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-43, Capitol Hill) for passing the marriage equality bill and a "Fizzle" to McKenna for Bill-Clinton-level parsing on his anti-Obamacare lawsuit; McKenna continually claimed signing onto the suit wasn't tantamount to trying to toss the whole law even though that's what the suit demanded.
Full awards list here.