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1. With their trademark caustic wit, Seattlish rips into Danny Westneat’s Seattle Times column on living car-free for the summer.

Westneat's takeaway? Relying on Metro to get around the city is “terrible” and “turns you into a second class citizen.”

This is backwards---citizens who are already economically second class often have no other choice than the bus---but props to Westneat for concretely illustrating how much it sucks to be poor.

And props to Seattlish for pointing out how Westneat misses some of the bigger implications of his experiment by not, you know, actually being poor: “But don’t worry guys, the vewwwy scary story has a nice ending. Danny got himself a car just like he always knew he would. That’s the nice thing about being economically advantaged, you’ve got choices!”

Seattlish also notes that The Seattle Times is partly to blame for the very transit dysfunction that Westneat vaguely credits to “government leaders,” since the Times’ editorial page “told everyone repeatedly, that no one should vote for [Metro funding] because driving a car is awesome.”

We’d be amiss if we didn’t also remind you, as Seattlish does, that Seattle's own bus funding measure, Proposition 1 will be on the November ballot. Want a bus system that isn't "terrible"? Vote yes. 

Here's hoping Westneat's column has some impact on the Times editorial board who, last time, convinced their suburban readers to crush last April's bus measure.

2. On Friday, the PI's Joel Connelly scooped the news that Tim Eyman has returned from the ether to try and repeal Seattle's $15 minimum wage legislation, thanks to two local Republican "sugar mommies" backing his campaign with a cool $100,000.

(See Josh's secret history of the political horse-trading that led to the $15 law.)

Today, Connelly followed up with more news: Mayor Murray's morning announcement that he's ready to go to the mat against the initiative hawker. “Tim Eyman and others have put on the ballot everything I have done in elective office,” said Murray, Connelly reports:

Murray ticked off a list of measures, ranging from the state’s 2005 transportation package to non-discrimination legislation and marriage equality for gays and lesbians.  In particular, Eyman targeted — unsuccessfully — a 2006 gay civil rights bill.

Footnote: Connelly says Eyman's on a losing streak, and cites "his worst-ever defeat," last year's I-517, a losing initiative to ease restrictions on signature gatherers. 

We think his biggest loss actually came earlier this year when he failed to get a measure commanding the legislature to change the constitution with a two-thirds-to-raise-taxes amendment. If the legislature didn't send that constitutional change to the public for a vote, his measure would have knocked a penny off the sales tax, taking $1 billion in revenue away from the state. 

His signature gathering flop was a response to a Supreme Court ruling which threw out previous two-thirds rules that were in place due to earlier Eyman initiatives. 

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