2. Anne Levinson has been floating the idea of running for mayor in 2013—to mixed reviews—among political insiders. Levinson, deputy mayor in the Norm Rice era in the 90s, was a municipal court judge from 1999-2001. She currently serves as the Office of Professional Accountability Auditor and was recently co-owner of the Seattle Storm.
3. The local chapter of the Sierra Club issued some Seattle City Council election endorsements last week. [pullquote]Making no mention of the tunnel issue, which they explicitly noted in the the Taylor-Judd and Meacham endorsements, the Club writes: Council member Burgess has been an effective and outspoken leader on key environmental issues in Seattle.[/pullquote]
The Club is running the anti-tunnel referendum, so it's hardly a surprise that they went with tunnel opponent Michael Taylor-Judd in the crowded field taking on incumbent Jean Godden and tunnel opponent Brad Meacham over incumbent Bruce Harrell.
However, they also picked leading tunnel proponent, incumbent Tim Burgess. Burgess is widely believed to be setting up a run for mayor in 2013 against Mayor Mike McGinn, the tunnel's leading opponent and the former chair of the Club.
Making no mention of the tunnel issue, which they explicitly noted in the the Taylor-Judd and Meacham endorsements, the Club writes:
Council member Burgess has been an effective and outspoken leader on key environmental issues in Seattle. For example, Mr. Burgess played a crucial role in advancing the 2008 parks levy and has been a major proponent of the city’s Zero Waste campaign. With his data-driven approach to policy decisions and commitment to city programs that produce measurable results, we believe he will continue to lead as the city addresses difficult issues such as density and carbon neutrality.
They also endorsed Burgess in 2007.
4. State Auditor Brian Sonntag says he's not running for governor.
5. At its national conference this weekend, the National Education Association, the 3.2 million member teachers union, endorsed the idea of tying student learning to teacher evaluations. They rejected using standardized tests as part of that formula, but the move is a reversal from the group's hard line opposition to the possibility of using them.