1. Seattle City Council Member Tim Burgess is sponsoring legislation—it's being voted on today—that would stop City candidates from asking City employees for campaign contributions (a compromised situation.) Given that about a third of Mayor Nickels' latest $15,000 in contributions came from City employees and that $93,000 out of his overall $350,000 raised (over 25 percent) came from City employees (his biggest group of contributors), Burgess, the first-term Council Member who once considered running for mayor, appears to be going after Nickels in a more substantive way now.
2. The local unemployment rate is at nearly 9 percent, but that may understate the problem. According to the Washington State Budget & Policy Center, the more accurate measure of unemployment—the underemployment rate (which includes people who have stopped looking for work because they have become too frustrated and those looking for part time work to supplement their income)—is at nearly 16 percent.
3. Yesterday we were obsessed with the 37th District Democrats' endorsements. Here's some more (non 37th) endorsement news:
—Seattle City Council candidate Jessie Israel scored the sole endorsement of the Washington Conservation Voters in her run against incumbent Nick Licata.
—King County Council Member Dow Constantine, running for K.C. Executive, picked up an endorsement from the AFL-CIO King County Building and Construction Trades Council yesterday.
Two weeks ago, the local AFL-CIO union which represents 20,000 construction trades people had voted for a sole endorsement of Constantine's rival in the race, King County Council Member Larry Phillips. I'm not sure what changed between now and then, but now Phillips has to share the labor stamp of approval with Constantine.
4. U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's (D-1, WA) Webcasters Settlement Act—which would protect indie webcasters from getting hit with unreasonable and crippling royalty payments (and buy them time to work out a fair payment scheme with artists)—passed the House yesterday. Rep. Inslee's indie rock legislation is now off to the Senate.
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