Isn't It Weird That ... 

Pride Parade edition, featuring Seattle City Council members Tim Burgess and Nick Licata:

Isn't It Weird That ... 

Mayor McGinn—who issued a 2009 executive order announcing plans to fire or reclassify 200 of the city's strategic advisors, who he said were mere "political appointees" hired to advance the former mayor's political agenda—recently sent the council a supplemental budget request asking for a new strategic advisor (in addition to a more senior-level transit planner) to advance his agenda of building light rail on Eastlake and across the Ship Canal?

The strategic advisor position pays between $77,673 and $116,531; the transit planner job pays between $91,872 and $156,600. The council's finance committee has approved both positions (for a total appropriation of $165,000), with the instructions that they focus first on improving existing transit service on Eastlake.

Isn't It Weird That ... Only five state house Democrats got lower grades from the Washington State Labor Council than Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48, Medina), and only one got a lower score than Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36, Queen Anne)—yet as the Democrats' lead budget negotiators, the pair of iffy labor advocates (Rep. Carlyle has a dreadful 57 percent lifetime score from WSLC) stopped the Republicans from advancing their top priority, the workers' comp reform bill that labor despised? 

The bill would have made it easier for employers to give injured workers one-time lump sum settlements instead of ongoing benefits—an equation the Republicans pitched because it was supposed to save $1 billion over the next decade. (So far, by the way, savings from earlier reforms have fallen short 40 percent.)

Reps. Carlyle and Hunter went into the final negotiations demanding that the Republicans accept legislation to close a tax exemption for land line phone companies. The Republicans said they would only accept the proposal if the Democrats agreed to the workers' comp changes.

The session is over. The telcom bill passed. The workers' comp bill did not.

And finally:

Isn't It Funny That ... 

Mayor Mike McGinn's spokesman-turned-campaign-advisor Aaron Pickus posted a link yesterday to footage of the Pride flag  taken after McGinn "raised the Marriage Equality flag atop the Space Needle with Dow Constantine?" 


Because another shot, taken after the group of local leaders raised the flag (McGinn and Constantine weren't the only ones on hand ) features another prominent  politician, state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill).

Murray (at left), who led the successful fight for marriage equality in the state, is running against McGinn for mayor. 


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