1. King County Executive Ron Sims, off to join the Obama administration, has asked the Council to appoint an interim "caretaker"—someone who pledges not to run, so that the voters can pick the new KC Executive in November without being biased by a council-crowned incumbent. But Sims himself got appointed as KC Executive in 1996 before running successfully for the spot three times.
2. An anti-death penalty proposal was floating around the Democratic caucus in the State House this session, but was waved off by Seattle-area Speaker of the House, Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford).
3. If a King County Council Member fills Executive Ron Sims' spot, State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard) is interested in taking their vacant seat on the Council. (As we reported yesterday, so is State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36, Ballard).
4. Highly recommended art show at Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S., this Thursday—First Thursday—from 6-8pm. (I'll post more details about it on Thursday.)
5. Do the Democrats in Olympia have the nerve to pass this comprehensive education accountability bill over the teahcers unoin's objections?