1. The latest fundraising numbers for this year's U.S. congressional candidates are in. Former state House Democratic majority leader and former Gov. Booth Gardner aide, Democrat Denny Heck, leads both his main Democratic rival and the GOP frontrunner, Democratic state Sen. Craig Pridemore and Republican state Rep. Jaime Herrera, respectively in the race to fill retiring Democratic Rep. Brian Baird's seat in Southwest Washington,
Heck raised over $200,000 and has over $500,000 on hand. Herrera raised about $140,000 and has as much on hand. Pridemore, who recently picked up the endorsement of the Sierra Club, raised $74,000 and has $50,000 on hand.
In the other closely-watched race—between three-term GOP incumbent Rep. Dave Reichert and former Microsoft exec challenger, Democrat Suzan DelBene—Rep. Reichert raised about $350,000 and has about $700,000 on hand, while DelBene raised $225,000 and has $840,000 on hand.
Footnote on DelBene: She spent $160,000 this quarter and has almost $400,000 in liabilities, which means she actually has about $460,000 in cash after having raised $920,000 overall. Reichert, who's raised about $1 million overall, has over $700,000 in cash after liabilities.
2. Speaking of U.S. Congressional races. 2010 is shaping up to be the Year of the Woman. Not only are two of the serious contenders, DelBene and Herrera, female, but seven of the eight Democratic campaigns are being run by women campaign managers. (Heck's campaign is being headed up by a man, as is Republican Herrera's.)
3. Both the Seattle Times and the PI have reports on yesterday's big Tea Party rallies.
But despite the mainstream media's supposed obsession with telling both sides of the story, they let the Tea Partiers' rhetoric about "bloated" and "predator" government spending go unchallenged. This is irresponsible after the legislature in Olympia just dealt with the historic budget crisis—a $12 billion shortfall for the biennium—by cutting about $4 for every $1 raised in revenue.
4. There's another mess at the Port of Seattle: A hearing is scheduled in King County Superior Court today in a lawsuit over the Port's bid process for exclusive taxi service rights at Sea-Tac airport. Both Farwest Taxi and STITA are suing—after losing the bid to Yellow Taxi—alleging that two competing bids, one from Farwest and one from Yellow Taxi, were submitted by the same representative.