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Frustration Has Boiled Over in South Seattle

By Morning Fizz October 19, 2011

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1. Seattle city council incumbent Bruce Harrell showed up an hour and fifteen minutes late to a candidate forum in Seward Park last night. His opponent, former Municipal League head, Seattle Times reporter, and T-Mobile employee Brad Meacham, was forced to sit on stage and remain silent, finally given the green light to speak after Harrell's conspicuous absence hit the hour mark.

When Harrell finally showed up he complained: "What, I'm not even going to be allowed to introduce myself?"[pullquote]Sen. Cantwell has been harassing the CFTC (and the White House) to live up to those assurances.[/pullquote]

2. US Sen. Maria Cantwell fought to get tough regulations in place during the 2009-2010 Wall Street reform debates. After being one of the last Democrats to sign off on the bill (she initially voted 'No' with lefty cohort US Sen. Russ Feingold in protest) and finally giving the Democrats the 60 votes they needed, she said she had gotten assurances that the Commodity Future Trading Commission would make good on the legislation's directive to get tough on shady speculative trading.

Sen. Cantwell has been harassing the CFTC (and the White House) ever since to live up to those assurances.

Yesterday, after the commission passed its new rules, Cantwell said the CFTC had fallen short.

We have a joke in the PubliCola office about Cantwell's nerdy press releases—typical recent example: "State-of-the-Art Doppler is the First in the Nation Using ‘Dual Polarization’ Technology to Improve Detection of Severe Storms in the Pacific Northwest."

But yesterday's nerd-out about commodity futures came with some nitro. Here's Sen. Cantwell:
Last year, Congress told the CFTC to get serious about reining in Wall Street’s excessive speculation.The CFTC was supposed to provide speed limits for Wall Street gambling on commodities. Today’s overly broad rule is like setting the speed limit at 125 miles per hour. The CFTC should do its job and provide transparency and oversight of Wall Street.

3. The PI's Joel Connelly has a full report from the state Republican Party fundraiser at the Bellevue Westin last night starring Bush guru Karl Rove.

About 250 people protested across the street in a demonstration organized by the Democrats starring Bush administration whistleblower and Rove nemesis, former Ambassador Joe "What I Didn't Find in Africa" Wilson.

This morning, the Democrats are jumping on an "extraordinarily sexist" quote state GOP Chair Kirby Wilbur gave Connelly about Wilson and his famous CIA agent wife Valerie Plame, who was played by Naomi Watts in the movie version of Wilson's fight with the Bush administration.
Wilson promised to bring wife Valerie Plame, played by Naomi Watts in a well-received movie ("Fair Game"), north from the couple's home in New Mexico for a future Inslee event. Inside, the GOP's Wilbur reacted by saying: "I will go outside to see Valerie Plame. I emphasize 'see.' I don't want to listen to her."

4. While the political ire of the Occupy Westlake protesters has been directed at Seattle city hall (huh?), frustration with big banks has evidently boiled over in South Seattle.

This bit of vandalism showed up on the window of the Bank of American in Columbia City yesterday:

5. City Council incumbent Jean Godden and her challenger, SDOT employee Bobby Forch, were virtually neck and neck in terms of fundraising in September, with Godden slightly outpacing Forch $14,324 to $12,706. (Forch's total actually goes up to $17,406 when you include a $4,700 check Forch wrote to himself).

Overall, both candidates have spent more than $10,000 of their own money on their own campaigns: Forch has written checks to himself totaling $11,000, and Godden has written checks to herself totaling $10,136.

6. The latest issue of Seattle Magazine features its 35 picks for "Seattle's Most Influential People in 2011."

Here's the list, which along with Starbucks President Michelle Glass, Washington State's Secretary of Health Mary Selecky, and UW football coach Steve Sarkisian, includes PubliCola's own Erica C. Barnett and Josh Feit.

They also gave a "Person of the Year" award. Sex advice columnist Dan Savage won for his "It Gets Better" YouTube campaign aimed at gay teenagers. Well deserved. Even President Obama got on board.
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