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Lest You Think Their Only Supporters are Lefty Green Types

By Morning Fizz October 4, 2011

Caffeinated news & gossip. Your daily Morning Fizz.

1. Representatives from a dozen neighborhood groups sent a letter to the city council yesterday imploring council members to "draw a line in the sand" around public safety and preserve or expand police programs, rather than cutting them. Specifically, the groups urged the council to increase police foot patrols, implement a pilot program focusing cops on crime "hot spots," focus officers on neighborhood business districts instead of distributing them based on 911 call volumes, and crack down on open-air drug markets.

The council should acknowledge, the letter says, that "moderate-level street crime is unacceptable in any neighborhood, that families shouldn’t have to navigate through a crowd of inebriated loiterers on the sidewalk or pretend not to notice the exchange of drugs for money out in the open."

The city faces an $18 million revenue shortfall next year.

2. The Seattle Times reported yesterday that Democratic state Rep. Deb Eddy (D-48, Kirkland) endorsed Republican King County Council member Jane Hague, citing Hague's ability to work across party lines and criticizing her opponent, Richard Mitchell, for his "ugly negative campaigning and his emphasis on partisan division."

During the primary election, Mitchell called attention to Hague's 2007 arrest for drunk driving, a charge that was later reduced to reckless driving.

Hague won praise from Democrats like King County Executive Dow Constantine when she voted to pass a $20 vehicle license fee to preserve Metro service for two years. I have a call out to Eddy to find out if Hague's pro-transit vote was a factor in her endorsement.

And in time for Morning Fizz, Eddy responded in an email:
I think my statement is pretty much posted on her website. (1) I'm endorsing her because I think she has illustrated an ability to work with liberals and conservatives. Sewers are not political. :-) (2) It doesn't have anything directly to do with the VLF vote, but that's an illustration of her ability to work an issue, change her mind when situation requires. I've not always agreed with her, have vehemently disagreed on occasion. But she is a swing vote.[pullquote]"Sewers are not political. :-)"—Rep. Deb Eddy[/pullquote]

In sum, I think that replacing her for not much of reason other than she's an "R" is not much of a reason. :-)

Also, I've questioned the opponent's judgment; his mailers tried to paint John Creighton as a "stalker." Anyone who knows John or knows what he's done as a port commissioner probably isn't too excited by broad-brush character assassination like that. But I think it shows an unfortunate choice of tactics by Mitchell; I'd like to believe that Democrats can do better in these races by presenting good answers to current issues questions ... and that we don't have to slime the other guy to win.

3. The campaign for Seattle Prop. 1, the $60 car tab fee for transportation, collected another $3,000 yesterday from the Bike PAC, a pro-biking group whose top donors are attorney Jeffrey Eustus, Cascade Bicycle Club, and former Cascade lobbyist-turned-Mayor-McGinn staffer David Hiller.

Lest you think their only supporters are lefty green types, however, the campaign plans to announce new endorsements from lefty low-income housing advocate types (Low-Income Housing Institute director Sharon Lee and Real Change leader Tim Harris are already on board) later this morning.

4. If you're addicted to Amanda Knox coverage, Fizz recommends reading this comprehensive Rolling Stone article published in late June which systematically knocked down the supposed case against her.

Indeed, at the time it was published, Fizz sent an excited text to our former colleague at the Stranger, Charles Mudede, who we consider the local expert on the case:

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