Morning Fizz

Transparent Politicization

By Morning Fizz September 17, 2010

1. In case you missed it: Josh had a pretty nice scoop late in the day yesterday: Dino Rossi inadvertently toured a boat building company in Freeland, Washington on Thursday that got $800,000 in stimulus money, in part, thanks to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, who, as chair of the appropriations committee overseeing maritime spending, directed the Obama administration to set aside $98 million for small shipyard companies.

In case you missed it: One of Rossi's main complaints with Murray's record is her vote for the stimulus package.

Indeed, one thing Josh left out of his story was Rossi spokeswoman Jennifer Morris' opinion about the stimulus package. She called it a "$1.2 trillion earmark."

2. Also posted late in the day yesterday, Cola intern Tiffany Vu's video of Mayor Mike McGinn speaking to demonstrators who took over the first floor of city hall yesterday afternoon to protest the police killing of Native American John T. Williams.

Watch the video at PubliColaTV.

3. The Seattle Storm won their second WNBA title, beating the Atlanta Dream 87-84 in Atlanta yesterday.

The victory parade starts at 7 pm tonight at  4th & Broad St, turns right on Denny and then right on to 1st Ave to KeyArena, where there'll be a victory party. Doors at 7:30. Free.

Gov. Gregoire said:
“In a three game sweep the Seattle Storm proved that they are undoubtedly the champs. Congratulations to the entire team, to Finals MVP Lauren Jackson, and to the WNBA’s 2010 coach of the year Brian Agler.”

“The Atlanta Dream presented a tough challenge but the Storm just couldn’t be stopped."

Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue owes Gregoire a box of Georgia peaches after their friendly wagers.

4. And finally, a live report from the floor of the U.S. Senate in D.C. where Erica C. Barnett is on assignment:

Dino Rossi isn't the only Republican who's attacking U.S. Sen. Patty Murray these days.

Yesterday afternoon, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NEV) filed cloture on the annual defense appropriations act, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made a lengthy floor speech objecting to amendments added to the bill by the Democrats, including Murray (the DREAM Act, which would create a path to citizenship for the children of some undocumented immigrants, and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell).

McCain accused Democrats of attaching the two amendments to the military funding bill in an effort to please liberal constituents before the November election, saying Democrats were responsible for the "transparent politicization of our nation's defense."

"We learned on Monday that before we go home for this election cycle, there will be no debate at all on the Defense Authorization Bill except for amendments handpicked ... for narrow political reasons two months before an election."

5. Heads up: Josh will be on KUOW's Weekday with Steve Scher this morning to review the week's news. 94.9 at 10. And on KOMO AM at 9:45.
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