Morning Fizz

It Wasn't Supposed to be a Recorded Vote

By Josh Feit July 19, 2010

1. The campaign to defeat the high earners income tax initiative, "Defeat 1098," has hired a campaign manager, Scott Stanzel. Stanzel worked in the Bush administration as a press secretary in both terms. Stanzel has also worked in communications for Microsoft.

Defeat 1098 has raised nearly a half million dollars with big contributions from donors including Bartell Drugs, John Nordstrom, Jon Runstad, Howard Behar, and John Stanton.

The pro-campaign has raised about $1 million with big contributions from SEIU, state employees, and William Gates, Sr.

2. The City Council's viaduct replacement committee meets today at 2:30 to possibly refer the tunnel agreement to the full council. The replacement committee itself is made up of the entire council.

Will "the Seattle Six"—the  six Seattle-area state reps that PubliCola famously caught voting for the overrun provision in 2009 (it wasn't supposed to be a recorded vote)—be joined by a new group of Seattle legislators who are willing to sign off on the anti-Seattle provision in 2010?

Probably. In case you missed it on Friday afternoon, we had a story on key (and overlooked) testimony from an earlier meeting of the council committee that pro-tunnel legislators like Sally Bagshaw and Tim Burgess point to as the reason they think Mayor Mike McGinn's overrun provision is unnecessary. Namely, Seattle isn't a party to the tunnel contract.

3. And in case you missed this story on Sunday: The Seattle Times ran a lengthy feature on influential city hall agitator—restaurant and music entrepreneur David Meinert.

4. After reporting a $1.4 million take in the most recent fund raising quarter, Dino Rossi already has a series of high dollar events lined up in D.C. next week, including one being sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn).

All the shindigs—two of them at Charlie Palmer's Steak House on Capitol Hill—cost $2,000 for PAC hosts or $1,000 for individual hosts.
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