1. Democrat Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10), may have lost, but it all works out for transit liberals. With the Democrats still retaining control of the senate, pro-transit committee vice chair Tracey Eide (D-30) is likely to ascend to Haugen's old position. And Seattle Transit Blog is psyched.
"While Senator Eide doesn’t share the same pro-transit credentials as some of peers, her track-record for legislation friendly to transit advocates has been solid," they write. "Most recently, she’s made tangible commitments to light rail expansion southward, even as her fellow South King County legislators cried foul."
2. In other state senate news, the Kitsap Sun reports that Republican state Rep. Jan Angel (R-26) will seek the senate seat being vacated by Democrat Derek Kilmer, who won election to the 6th Congressional District last week.
Proponents of I-1240, the charter schools measure, officially claimed victory this morning. 3. I-1240, the measure allowing 40 charter schools across Washington State, officially passed this morning, the AP reports.
4. And in other statewide measure news: Now that Washington State residents have voted to legalize recreational marijuana use, Gov. Chris Gregoire is trying to sort out how a new system of regulation and taxation might work.
Toward that end, she's seeking direction from US deputy attorney general James Cole in Washington, DC, today, the News Tribune reports.
5. Failed vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is backing US Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) Washington State US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' (R-5) rival to head the House Republican Conference, injecting a note of competition into what had looked like McMorris Rodgers' inevitable ascension, the Washington Post reports.
Ryan's motive? Price had also been angling for budget chair—Ryan's position—in the case that the Romney/ Ryan ticket had won. If Price doesn't become Conference Chair, he may still go after Ryan's powerful gig.
6. A measure that would forestall cuts at Pierce Transit was still losing as of yesterday afternoon, by a frustrating 716 votes, the Tacoma News Tribune reports. That means no more buses on the weekends, reduced service for disabled riders, and no buses after 7:00 pm.
7. At Crosscut, Knute "Mossback" Berger makes the very reasonable) case that Seattle is a better city than Vancouver because of its neighborhood variety.
Unfortunately, his prescription for "preserving neighborhood character" seems to consist mainly of preventing tax increases on homeowners (who still make up only half of all Seattle residents), protecting houseboat owners from environmental regulations, and implementing district elections, a change that would define Seattle residents' interests parochially by neighborhood, rather than considering the interests of the city as a whole.