Morning Fizz

A Redeeming Moment of Humanity

By Morning Fizz August 3, 2010

1. Yesterday's tunnel wrap up is here.

2. State Sen. Karen Keiser (D-33, Kent), chair of the state senate health care committee, has joined with a group of health care committee chairs across the country filing a brief in support of the federal health care law against the challenge from a group of conservative AGs including Washington state AG Rob McKenna.

3. The anonymous local liberal blogger, General J.C. Christian, who writes the spoof blog Jesus' General , is trying to organize people to show up at the planned September 12th Tea Party rallies to burn confederate flags.
"I think that it would start a great conversation about race and about how it's being used for political gain right now," the General J.C. told Talking Points Memo. "I can imagine people showing up at the tea parties, which I'll do at my local one, and the tea party backers will start explaining why [the flag] is about state's rights, not slavery, and all that and basically hang themselves."

Morning Fizz doesn't quite get it.

4. Planned Parenthood issued its endorsements yesterday. At a first glance it's probably not surprising that they endorsed state Sen. Randy Gordon (D-41, Mercer Island) over his Republican opponent Stephen Litzow. But Litzow is a  pro-choice Republican.  In fact, he's a member of NARAL's political action committee and got NARAL's early endorsement. NARAL also, eventually, endorsed Gordon.

Yesterday, we noted that Planned Parenthood gave its sole endorsement to state rep candidate Joe Fitzgibbon in the crowded Democratic field for the open seat in the 34th Legislative District.

5. Barbara Culp, director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, broke her pelvis in a bike accident last week (her first bad accident ever) at a city construction site. Culp says she rode on to the sidewalk to avoid a large hole city stormwater workers had cut in the street, and then fell when she went over a curb and into a pile of construction gravel.

"I suppose I could blame [the Seattle Department of Transportation]," Culp says, but "I'm not that litigious." Culp says the first person who came to her aid was a driver for Salmon Bay Sand and Gravel—the company that has been among the most vocal opponents of completing the "Missing Link" of the Burke-Gilman Trail. "It was sort of a redeeming moment of humanity," she says. Culp's injuries will put her out of commission for about three months.

6. Watch for Democratic insurgent candidate Nick Harper—who's challenging incumbent state Sen. Jean Berkey (D-38, Everett)—to get some big financial help from the Service Employees International Union. Harper, who's behind Berkey in fundraising $78,000 to $34,000 has already gotten over $30,000 in independent expenditure support from Don't Invest in More Excuses (the labor PAC that wants to take out anti-labor Democrats.) SEIU told PubliCola yesterday that they were likely to match DIME's expenditure.
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