1. Deja Vu #1: Her name isn't Darcy Burner, but she is a former Microsoft exec, and she has declared that she's running against U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-8) for his suburban Seattle seat. Her name is Suzan DelBene and her website declaration says this:
I am a successful businesswoman -- I have been the CEO of a start up and a Microsoft Vice President. I have worked around the globe in business and in lifting people out of poverty. I am a Trustee of Reed College, helping to increase access to higher education. I have worked in medical research and have seen firsthand the power of new treatments. I firmly believe that each challenge we face can be used to create opportunities and get our economy moving again.
2. Deja Vu #2: State Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Redmond, Bellevue, Clyde Hill ) introduced a homeowners' bill of rights yesterday in the Senate's consumer protection committee. Like former state Sen. Brian Weinstein's previous attempts to pass a homeowners' bill of rights—an effort that escalated into a losing high-profile battle with Speaker of the House Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Wallingford) and his allies at the Building Industry Association of Washington—Sen. Tom's bill includes a guaranteed warranty on new construction.
3. Outrageous Quote of the Week:
The quote comes to us from City Council Member Tim Burgess. Pandering to the cranky "local control" mantra at Wednesday night's meeting about the pending state house bill that would allow higher densities around light rail stations, Burgess proclaimed:
"To see this coming from the legislature is troubling."
Call it "Seattle Disease"—this bizarre-o notion that legislators in Olympia don't have the right to legislate.
Last I checked, Seattle had 18 legislators in Olympia elected by the people from six different local turfs. The bill in question is sponsored by one of them—Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-34, West Seattle), and seven other Seattle legislators have signed on: Reps. Jamie Pedersen (D-43, Capitol Hill) and Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36, Ballard) and Sens. Joe McDermott (D-34, West Seattle), Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard), Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill), Ken Jacobsen (D-46, Greenwood, Northgate, Lake City), and Adam Kline (D-37, Rainier Valley).
4. The line was out the door at Pagliacci's Pizza last night. The local chain celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday, and it was back to 1979 prices all day: .85 cents for a slice of cheese, .95 cents for a slice of pepperoni, and .60 cents for a fountain soda. The anniversary celebration continues for another month with 30 percent discounts on a whole pie.