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1. Today in endorsement news, city council member Mike O'Brien endorsed Jean Godden challenger Bobby Forch, who's painted himself as "the progressive in the race." (Never mind that last time around, when he was running for the seat O'Brien ultimately won, Forch was the business candidate.)

Over the weekend, the Seattle Times predictably endorsed a "no" vote on the proposed $60 car-tab fee for transportation upgrades, on the grounds the flat car-tab fee hurts the poor, a group the Times appears to have belatedly discovered.

No mention, of course, of the 54 percent of low-income Seattle residents who don't drive to work alone (and the 26 percent of renters who don't own a single car) and how the fee would help them get to work by beefing up public transit.

And finally,  Eastside state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48), a conservative Democrat who used to be a Republican, endorsed Richard Mitchell, a Mercer Island Democrat who's challenging Republican incumbent Jane Hague for King County Council.

2. The Seattle Times'  "Truth Needle" column takes on ads against Initiative 1183, Costco's liquor-privatization proposal, and finds their claims lacking. Specifically, the Times dubs the claim that 1183 will open up a "giant loophole" allowing minimarts across the state to sell hard liquor "mostly false," noting that the measure would only allow liquor sales from stores smaller than 10,000 square feet if there was no liquor store in the "trade area," a term, the Times notes, the measure does not define.

The "no" campaign chose an extremely liberal definition of "trade area," defining it as a one-mile radius from any large store in an urban area and a five-mile radius from any large store in a rural area.

The state Office of Financial Management says 1183 would only allow a total of about 1,428 stores, including 328 existing privately run stores in mostly rural areas.

3. The Transit Riders' Union of Puget Sound asked candidates their views on a number of issues related to Metro service recently. And while almost no incumbents bothered filling out the group's surveys, several challengers (and a few incumbents) did respond. Some of the more interesting answers:

•Hague challenger Mitchell wants to combine Sound Transit and King County Metro into a single regional mega-agency with governance authority over both county buses and regional light rail and bus service. "Having two separate but intertwined governing groups for transit (one regional and the other local) in King County doesn’t make sense. We need to look at options to combine resources at the administrative level, create new efficiencies, and integrate service.

•Brad Meacham continues to have interesting takes on transportation issues---turning a leading question about getting more low-income people and people who've never ridden the bus to use transit on its head by noting that owning a car adds $8,000 to $10,000 a year to a family budget; saying he would promote biking by educating the public about how more cycling decreases congestion for all road users, including drivers; and suggesting changes to the region's ORCA pass system, including adding e-commerce functionality (essentially, cards that can not only pay  transit fare but make purchases at train stations) along the lines of electronic transit passes in Japan.

•And Dian Ferguson, mounting an uphill challenge to incumbent city council member Sally Clark, says she would increase the number of parking spaces at light rail stations, require more on-site parking at new developments to create "a balance between the need for neighborhood parking and the use of the street, particularly arterials, for through traffic," support allowing corporations to buy naming rights to transit centers and buildings, and oppose the $60 fee for transportation, which she says dedicates "far too much for bicycle and pedestrian projects, given that bicyclists represent a much smaller section of transportation users."