• At its endorsement meeting last night, the King County Labor Council endorsed a "Yes" vote on Proposition 1, the local $60 car-tab measure that would pay for road maintenance, transit improvements, and bike and pedestrian projects.
David Freiboth, KCLC's executive secretary, tells PubliCola the main reason the group endorsed Prop. 1 was "jobs"---specifically, jobs building and repairing all that city infrastructure. "There was a little bit of resistance to the bike and pedestrian stuff ... but overall, folks felt it was a package that included repair and transit improvements that we need," Freiboth says. "We were confident in the intent and the use of the funds."
• In the race for King County Council Position 6, the labor council voted to hold off on making any endorsement, after the group's executive board recommended a dual endorsement for Republican incumbent Jane Hague and Democratic challenger Richard Mitchell.
Freiboth says the board recommended Hague despite her Republican affiliation because she voted for the $20 Metro car-tab fee---"We asked her to take a tough vote and she took it"---and notes that Mitchell, though a Democrat, has never held a public office. The group's membership rejected that recommendation and will vote on a sole endorsement of Mitchell when they meet in October.
• Pro-light rail Bellevue City Council member Claudia Balducci, who's being opposed by a candidate backed by anti-rail developer Kemper Freeman, reported more lefty contributions in the past week, including $200 from Transportation Choices Coalition program director Shefali Ranganathan, $400 from NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, and $200 from CBE Strategic, the public-affairs firm formed by ex-deputy mayor Tim Ceis, longtime Ron Sims aid-turned-consultant Ryan Bayne, and former mayor Greg Nickels' longtime council relations director Emelie East.
• Over at Crosscut, David Brewster calls a potential mayoral run by former deputy mayor Maud Daudon, who’s currently president and CEO of Seattle Northwest Securities, an investment firm, "an intriguing possibility." Leaving aside the long odds that Daudon will actually join the (probably crowded) field in 2013, Brewster makes some interesting points about Daudon's prospects vs. city council member Tim Burgess (council members rarely become mayor), former county council member Sims (who "has his own mixed record at the county to defend") and state Sen. Ed Murray (who has "an unpopular legislature to live down.")