1. A couple of items that got left out of our campaign finance roundups yesterday and Friday:
•First, the Seattle Districts Now campaign (which is pushing for a ballot measure to turn Seattle's currently at-large city council into a hybrid at-large and district system, with two members elected citywide and seven from geographical districts), ended April $120,096 in the red. The vast majority of that money went for paid signature gatherers.
The red ink doesn't bode well for campaign backer Faye Garneau, a North Seattle activist who has loaned $125,000 to the campaign (not counting tens of thousands in straight contributions and in-kind contributions).
When you talked to Garneau recently about her hefty contributions to the cause, she told us she fully expects to recoup.
So far, the campaign has raised just $13,000 from sources other than Garneau.
•Another election-related campaign, Fair Elections Seattle (which wants to put public campaign financing on the ballot) is also in the red, though not as badly: They're currently $21,815 in the hole, thanks to an $18,000 spend on polling and a $7,500 expenditure to consultant Christian Sinderman.
•Meanwhile, a statewide initiative to require labeling of genetically modified foods, I-522, has raked in more than $1 million.
2. Capitol Hill Seattle Blog's report about a Miller Park couple who—after thinking they were hearing the whirring of a weed whacker outside their home—discovered a man flying a drone equipped with a camera right outside their third-floor window (he claimed he had every right to be there doing his "research") gets some legal analysis in a blog post on the Atlantic.
Indeed, the private drone craze is raising just as many 21st Century questions as military and police drones. Check out this recent feature on DIY drones in Wired.
3. Speaking of 21st Century questions, Fizz's obsession with local politics was displaced yesterday by a pair of national stories that we feel compelled to note here: The Department of Justice is spying on AP journalists; and the Minnesota legislature passed a gay marriage bill (Gov. Mark Dayton is scheduled to sign it today).
Opponents of gay marriage lost at the polls in Minnesota last November (the same time gay marriage proponents succeeded in Washington state) when Minnesotans tried and failed to pass a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
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