1. City Council member Mike O'Brien—who publicly opposed, then supported, then voted against his colleague Tim Burgess' controversial aggressive panhandling law—will not attend Mayor Mike McGinn's veto-signing ceremony at City Hall this afternoon, his staff confirms.
It's unclear how many of the four city council members who voted against the ordinance, which would have expanded the definition of aggressive solicitation, plan to attend the ceremony. (Nick Licata, a consistent detractor of the ordinance, is reportedly a "yes").
The proposal, which would need six votes to override the mayor's veto, got just five votes after O'Brien switched.
2. Yesterday, we reported the news that State Sen. Darlene Fairley (D-32) isn't running for reelection. This comes on top of the news that State Rep. Lynn Kessler (D-24 ) isn't running. And there are certainly questions about whether longtime and elderly State Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-29) is going to run again.
Ironically, while these are safe districts for the Democrats, the resignations could actually cost the Democrats more than if they were candidates from swing districts. Sure bets like Rep. Kessler and Sen. Fairely are able to transfer money to candidates in riskier races. Kessler, for example, raised $190,000 in 2008 and gave nearly $150,000 to the party's surplus account. Fairely raised $80,000 in her 2006 race and doled out $30,000 to other candidates.
3. Political consultant Charla Neuman, who served as chief strategist for mayoral runner-up Joe Mallahan, confirmed that she is working on an initiative campaign to privatize liquor sales (currently state-run) in Washington State. (In yesterday's Fizz, we wrote that she reportedly had the gig. Trust the Fizz.)
The initiative would be separate from one being proposed by Republicans including conservative blogger Stefan Sharkansky. Neuman says the group she's working for, which includes prominent Seattle consulting firm Strategies 360, will introduce its proposed initiative sometime "in the next few days."
4. The King County Conservation Voters held their annual fundraiser/auction last night at Fisher Pavillion in Seattle Center. King County Executive Dow Constantine? Popular. U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA, 7)? Not so much.