Morning Fizz

Today's Featured Guest

By Morning Fizz May 4, 2011

1. Seattle City Council president (and Mayor Mike McGinn foe) Richard Conlin has already started raising cash for his 2013 reelection; Seattle Ethics and Elections reports show he's raised a little more than $8,000. His latest report, filed yesterday, where he reports raising about $3,000—all in small contributions—includes two surprises.

Mayor McGinn's outreach director, Sol Villarreal, who was also McGinn's 2009 campaign volunteer coordinator, contributed $30 to Conlin this week; and former McGinn campaigner Yusuf Cabdi, president of United African Public Affairs of Washington (part of the anti-tunnel coalition) also contributed $30.

[pullquote]Mayor Mike McGinn's outreach director contributed to City Council president Richard Conlin this week.[/pullquote]

Conlin has been mentioned as someone who may challenge McGinn instead of running for council in 2013.

2. The Washington State Labor Council launched a news site on May Day to offer news that "hasn’t gone through the corporate filter of the for-profit media or some advertiser." They're calling it The Stand. The conservative-leaning Washington State Wire has a good story on the WSLC project.

David Groves, who currently serves as the Publications Director at WSLC, is the site's editor. He told the Wire on Sunday that "the only times you see unions in the news is when there is some sort of a dispute or conflict over a contract or a political issue.” The new site aims to change that.

3. The state senate ways and means committee will hold public hearings today on legislation to amend Tim Eyman's I-1053 so that closing tax loopholes only requires a simple majority vote of the legislature. The bill is being sponsored by ways and means chair Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill).  Also queued up: Sen. Tracey Eide's (D-30, Federal Way) legislation to close tax exemptions for chicken bedding and other products.

Featured guest at today's hearing: Eyman.

Both Eide and Murray rolled their bills out last month as part of progressive's hail Mary pass to close tax loopholes as part of the 2011-2013 operating budget. According to the fiscal note, Eide's legislation would raise nearly $9 million during the 2011-2013 biennium, and $10.6 million and $11.3 million in the 2013-2015 and 2015-2017 bienniums, respectively.

Murray's bill would go to a public vote as a ballot measure and the word from the Washington Education Association, a go-to group financially that progressives would count on to back a campaign, is that 2011 is not the year to do this.

4. In case you missed it (we published it a little later than usual), the new installment of the PubliCola ThinkTank hit yesterday afternoon with dueling op/eds by Washington Restaurant Association president and CEO Anthony Anton and Seattle City Council member Nick Licata.

The subject: Should Seattle be the fourth big city in the country to mandate paid sick leave for employees citywide?

Join the ThinkTank discussion here.
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