Some Fizz we've missed as we've obsessed over the local election:
1. U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA, 4), who has represented central Washington since 1995, has a Democratic challenger.
On Monday, 33-year-old former marine Jay Clough announced his campaign to take on the 8-term Republican congressman. The Yakima Herald has the story.
2. U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA, 6) is one of seven members of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee that is being questioned about his relationship with defense lobbying firm PMA. At issue: A quid pro quo between campaign contributions and military contracts.
The Seattle Times had the story.
PubliCola did pick up on this story when it first surfaced back in March. And in June, Dicks' office told PubliCola Dicks did not expect to be questioned by the House Ethics Committee about PMA.
At this point, Dicks has not been questioned by the House Ethics Committee. He has been questioned by the Office of Congressional Ethics, a new non-partisan office created by the Ethics Committee to look into matters flagged by outside parties. The OCE makes recommendations to the Ethics Committee.
3. A former Gates Foundation manager, Rajiv Shah, has been tapped by President Obama to head the U.S. Agency for International Development. The PI.com has the story.
(We did name check Shah as a rising star back in April.)
4. The Oklahoma City Thunder.
5. And hopefully you haven't missed this: A new PubliCola daily feature by Chris Kissel, PubliCalendar. From important city council hearings to groovy rock shows, Chris tells you where you need to be.
If you think an event is Cola worthy, please email Mr. Kissel at [email protected]
This morning's Morning Fizz brought to you by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles: