1. With King County facing a $60 million shortfall and Budget Director Dwight Dively announcing the need for 10 to 12 percent cuts, all eyes have turned to the county unions.

In response, the King County Coalition of Unions issued a "Statement of Common Interests" yesterday. The common interest? Fixing "the long-standing structural gap," not cutting "the market-based compensation of County employees."

2. Last night we reported that Marcee Stone, a candidate to fill state Rep. Sharon Nelson's open seat in the 34th District (W. Seattle, Burien, Maury, and Vashon), got the sole endorsement of the District with 65.6 percent of the vote. The endorsement gives Stone serious bragging rights on the campaign trail and practically speaking the District may now do some campaigning on her behalf.

Cola reporter Chris Kissel was at the meeting and got reactions from the three Democratic candidates.

Stone was elated, and she talked like she'd already won the election. "I feel fabulous about [the endorsement]," she said. "I'm going to keep working hard, and I'm going to work hard once I get to Olympia."

Fitzgibbon looked bummed when we asked him for his reaction. He praised Stone, and added: "Marcee's been a state committee member here, and she's been involved with this group for a while."

Mike Heavey dropped out of the endorsement contest right before the vote. “I must humbly admit to the group that I know I cannot compete with Joe or Marcee in this forum tonight,” said Heavey (who had to remind a few people that he wasn't dropping out of the race, just the nominating convention). The 34th, Heavey said, has a “far more rigid
standard” in terms of nominating candidates than other districts. “I knew I didn't have the support, and I would have been on the outside looking in,” he told us.

3. More from the U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell show:

Yesterday, Republicans in U.S. Senate tried to offer an alternative amendment to Cantwell's amendment to regulate derivative trading. Cantwell rose to speak in opposition to the amendment, offered by Sen. Saxy Chambliss (R-GA), and began this way: "I almost want to ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle if they are serious."

Watch it.

The Republican amendment lost 59-39.

4. At his campaign kickoff last night at the Mt. Baker Community Club, state Sen. Adam Kline (D-37, S. Seattle) was greeted by about 10 protesters waving anti-Israel signs and handing out literature that said "Senator Kline Supports Terrorism in Your Name!"

Protesters greet Kline last night.

Kline co-sponsored a resolution in the state legislature this year honoring Israel's democracy and its alliance with the United States for their "shared interest in democracy and basic human rights, and more recently ... standing together at the forefront of a new kind of war, the war against terror."

Inside the kickoff itself, Kline was supported by super lefties King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes along with Port Commissioner Rob Holland, and County Assessor Lloyd Hara.

5. More evidence that Dino Rossi is going to jump into the race against U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (unless, of course, he's going to take a third shot for governor): Yesterday, the Washington State Republican Party Blog responded to all the Democratic Party attacks on Rossi with a post, "Let's Talk About Patty Murray's Record Instead of Smearing Rossi," that directly addressed the hits on Rossi.