Morning Fizz

Sounds Like They're Thinking About Making Some Changes

By Morning Fizz July 9, 2010

1. Morning Fizz got phone surveyed by EMC Research last night about the Pike Place Market (which, by the way, the Fizz visits nearly every day).

Sounds like they're thinking about making some changes, including: Longer vendor hours (closing at 7:00 pm instead of 5:30), offering free parking for two hours for people who spend more than $10 at the market; adding a store featuring all kinds of Northwest food; offering ready-to-eat chef-prepared meals; and closing the cobblestoned portion of Pine Street to vehicles on the weekend.

2. Morning Fizz ran into U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee (D-WA, 1) late yesterday afternoon. Inslee happened to be headed into our Belltown building (where he was holding a fundraiser) as we were headed out.

While we were happy to hear that the U.S. Rep. is a regular Cola reader, he seemed more interested in what Goldy is writing about Attorney General Rob McKenna these days.

"He [McKenna] seems to think he's the Lands Commissioner, the Secretary of State, the Governor, and the AG," Inslee said of his potential rival for governor in 2012.

3. Speaking of fundraisers, Association of Washington Business lobbyist Gary Chandler hosted a fundraiser at his house yesterday to support a group a GOP state senators who are up for reelection this year—Sens. Bob Morton, Jerome Delvin, Janea Holmquist and Jim Honeyford.

GOP Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mike Hewitt (R-16, Walla Walla) co-hosted and the shindig was co-sponsored by AWB heavies such as the Washington Beverage Association, PEMCO, Fred Meyer, Hop Growers of Washington, Verizon, Yakima Valley Grower-Shippers, Washington Horticultural Association, Weyerhaeuser, Regence Blue Shield, and the Washington Potato & Onion Association.

According to the invite: "The purpose of the fundraiser is to take back Washington State government and to support incumbent Senate Republican candidates that will fight the
powerful liberal, labor, environmental and tribal interests in Olympia."
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