Morning Fizz

Speaking of the Tea Party Movement

By Morning Fizz January 6, 2010


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1. Mayor Mike McGinn's strategy to kill the tunnel? Sit back and let it kill itself, we imagine.

Man, between the the list of problems (engineering woes, increased traffic problems, cost overruns) that planning expert (and surface/transit proponent) Cary Moon published at Crosscut and architect Dan Bertolet's worriesome observations earlier this week over at his blog Hugeasscity (must be seen to be believed), the tunnel does not look like a done deal.

2. Also not a done deal? New taxes. Yes, Governor Chris Gregoire and the Democratic majority leadership in both houses have said new revenues are necessary thanks to the $2.6 billion deficit. But that doesn't mean the rank and file lawmakers will go along with it.

With 2010 shaping up to be a tea party backlash at the polls, Democrats may get cold feet. Kirkland-area state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48) will face a stiff challenge on the east side, for example form corporate health care consultant Gregg Bennett.

3. Speaking of a 2010 backlash, yet another challenger emerged against the once-considered-invincible U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. The PI.com reported yesterday afternoon that motivational author (The Angel InsideChris Widener (he's the founder of a leadership coaching company called Made for Success) is planning to run against Murray.

Earlier this week, 1980s NFL star (and recent tea party guy) Clint Didier said he's running against Sen. Murray.

4. Speaking of the tea party movement, NYT columnist David Brooks filed a must-read column this week:
The tea party movement is mostly famous for its flamboyant fringe. But it is now more popular than either major party. According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 41 percent of Americans have a positive view of the tea party movement. Only 35 percent of Americans have a positive view of the Democrats and only 28 percent have a positive view of the Republican Party.

The movement is especially popular among independents. The Rasmussen organization asked independent voters whom they would support in a generic election between a Democrat, a Republican and a tea party candidate. The tea party candidate won, with 33 percent of independents. Undecided came in second with 30 percent. The Democrats came in third with 25 percent and the Republicans fourth with 12 percent.

4. We crossposted this yesterday evening: Seriously-sourced crime reporter Jonah Spangenthal-Lee got his hands on an angry email that now-former city attorney office criminal division head Bob Hood sent to his colleagues on the way out the door after getting dismissed by incoming City Attorney Pete Holmes.
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