1. We've yet to hear back from the Jay Inslee campaign about the fact that Inslee contracted with the controversial Sodexo food company to cater an event.

Western Washington University canceled its contract with Sodexo over the company's labor and human rights record and students at UW have been protesting for nearly a year to make the UW cancel its $3.4 million contract. Most recently, local leaders, including the King County Labor Council, signed a letter to new UW President Michael Young demanding the UW end the contract.

We did hear from Morgan Currier, though, the student organizer of the Kick Out Sodexo Coalition at UW.

"To see any involvement with this company is disappointing, especially when the Washington community is so aware of how toxic this company is. The labor community has been really supportive of our campaign. No one should be doing business with them."

2. After breaking with his party by taking several green votes, US Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA, 8 ) veered rightward this week by voting for the Republicans' "Cut, Cap, and Balance" act, which calls for a constitutional balanced budget amendment and which would force extreme cuts in Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.

Health care activists are showing up at his local office this morning, cupcakes in hand, to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Medicaid and Medicare and ask Reichert why he voted for the drastic cuts—including locking in Rep. Paul Ryan's $1.4 trillion cuts to Medicaid and  converting Medicare to a capped voucher program.

3. The right is coming after Reichert too. Or at least the heroes from the right, as trotted out by the Democrats this morning, as they pressure House Republicans to support increasing the debt limit.

Citing President Ronald Reagan, a press release from the Democrats says:
President Ronald Reagan was emphatic that Congress needed to raise the debt limit in order to avoid default because it was America’s responsibility to meet our obligations. House Republicans like Dave Reichert (WA-08) hold up Reagan as an example of fiscal responsibility so the question is whether he agrees and will step up to help the U.S. avoid economic catastrophe?

President Reagan said: “Congress consistently brings the Government to the edge of default before facing its responsibility.  This brinkmanship threatens the holders of government bonds and those who rely on Social Security and veterans benefits. Interest rates would skyrocket, instability would occur in financial markets, and the Federal deficit would soar. The United States has a special responsibility to itself and the world to meet its obligations. It means we have a well-earned reputation for reliability and credibility — two things that set us apart from much of the world.” [Weekly Radio Address, September 1987]

The question is, does Dave Reichert agree with President Reagan and will he heed Reagan’s call?

4. Let's Move Forward, the pro-tunnel campaign, was at last night's Sounders game, where they handed out 3,000 bright green flyers—team rosters on one side, pro-tunnel pitch on the other. They report handing one to anti-tunnel leader, Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien.

The pitch included soccer-themed boasts, including: "Corner Kick Assist: It's the only option with state funding" and "Highlight Header: Seattle gets millions for transit."

The "state funding" line should probably come with a footnote, though, about overruns and caps, and Ben Schiendelman, a spokesman for the anti-tunnel campaign, gives LMF a penalty, saying, "It's a lie that there's transit funding in the project at hand."

Tunnel advocate, Ivar's owner Bob Donegan, says the plan includes $190 million from King County due in 2013 and 2014, though not secured, for a 25 percent increase in bus service downtown.

Given Metro's ongoing cuts, Erica questioned that claim when we interviewed Donegan last week.

 
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