1. Add state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) to the list of Democrats jumping in to the race to succeed US Rep. Jay Inslee. (Inslee's running for governor.)

Unlike the liberals from the state house—Reps. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland) and Marko Liias (D-21, Edmonds)—who are also in the mix, Hobbs is a swing vote and a member of the so-called Roadkill Caucus, the fiscally conservative group of Democrats who joined with the Republicans last session to pass workers' comp reform and fight for a more austere budget.

Hobbs is also an education reformer in the Arne Duncan school.

2. Another state legislator, the once-liberal state Sen. Craig Pridemore (D-49, Vancouver)—we say "once" because he made a point of being a moderate last session—may run for Washington Secretary of State.

Conservative state Democratic Sen. Jim Kastama, (D-25, Puyallup) and Republican Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman have already said they're in to fill retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed's position.

The Columbian has the scoop.

UPDATE: A commenter alerted us to Pridemore's Facebook page, where Pridemore writes:

"I don't post here very often but in light of today's article in The Columbian, I thought I would make it clear here as well as elsewhere: I am NOT interested in being a candidate for Secretary of State. I fully expect to run for reelection to the Washington State Senate next year and that's the only office I've made any plans for."

3. Expect a mix of syrupy aphorisms and wonky policy briefs: The prolific Ron Sims has—about time!—started a public policy blog.

An early adopter, as King County executive back in the September 2008, Sims startled the media by announcing a budget shortfall on Twitter.

4. First, Democratic US Rep. Jay Inslee said he had the blessing of the state Public Disclosure Commission  to transfer $1.2 million from his congressional campaign to his 2012 campaign for governor—without subjecting the donors who'd given all that money to any campaign limits.[pullquote]We are perplexed and disappointed at this sudden change by the PDC.[/pullquote]

But despite the fact that, yes, the PDC had told the Inslee camp that that was just fine, the Republicans kept saying it was illegal.

Then, on Friday, PubliCola broke the story that indeed, the PDC had reconsidered, and was sending an email to the Inslee campaign saying it wasn't so simple. He needed federal approval, and once he got that, the money would be subject to state limits.

Late Friday, the Democrats issued this statement:
We are perplexed and disappointed at this sudden change by the PDC. We will continue to work towards a resolution in this matter and try and get further clarification from the PDC.

We are, however, pleased that in clarifying their advice the PDC has made clear that our contributors may roll over their contributions to our new campaign. We are gratified that hundreds of our supporters are doing so.

And McKenna campaign manager Randy Pepple issued a statement as well:
I was confident that the PDC would see through Congressman Inslee’s illegal scheme to secretly transfer federal money to a state campaign without .... obeying our state’s limits on contributions.
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