1. The Columbian's Political Beat blog reports that a Tea Party group called We the People Vancouver has sent word to Clint Didier—the state's premier Tea Party candidate for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray's (WA-03) seat—and Dino Rossi, the Republican establishment's pick—asking both candidates to debate, or at least respond to the same questions in the same room. Didier  responded, saying that he'll do it, but Rossi has not.

Both candidates will be in the Vancouver for the Washington State Republican Party's annual convention.

I can't quite decide how Rossi should play this one. But one thing's for sure, whatever happens, it's a win win for the Democrats.

2. Rep. Hans Dunshee's (D-44, southwest Snohomish County) pet legislation during the 2010 session, the Jobs Act of 2010, took a hit from a Thurston County Superior Court judge today. The Spokesman Review's Spin Control blog has the story.

As part of the Jobs Act, Referendum 52 will appear on the November ballot, asking voters to approve half a billion dollars in new state bonds to help fund energy retrofitting at schools and, supposedly, generate jobs. Originally, the referendum's title indicated that the measure would spur job creation, but after the Association of Washington Business appealed on the grounds that this was "speculative," Judge Carol Murphy omitted any mention of jobs in the title. Now the title reads “This bill would authorize bonds to finance construction and repair projects increasing energy efficiency in public schools and higher education buildings, and continue the sales tax on bottled water otherwise expiring in 2013.”



3. The PI.com's Strange Bedfellows link a Seattle Times story about the re-emergence of a sales tax hike in King County to deal with a $60 million budget shortfall.

4. Lastly, at the Slog, there's Dan Savage on gay boating, Dominic Holden on jive, and Bethany Jean Clement on necklaces.
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