1. Tim Eyman had some good news and some bad news yesterday.
The good news: A poll of Washington State members of the National Federation of Independent Business, a lobbying group for small businesses, showed strong support for Eyman's Initiative 1125, which would place new restrictions on how, when, and where roads could be tolled. In a poll of half of the state's 8,000 NFIB members, 76 percent said they supported the measure, with just 14 percent saying they were opposed.[pullquote]Both the Boeing Company and its union, the International Aerospace Machinists Union, are opposing Eyman's 1125 in a radio ad airing across the state.[/pullquote]
The bad news: Both the Boeing Company and its union, the International Aerospace Machinists Union, are opposing 1125 in a radio ad airing across the state. The ad, funded by Boeing, says 1125 will "stall critical road safety improvements" the company and its workers rely on to move goods and products to market in Washington State.
2. In his new gig as a FOX commentator, Q-13's C.R. Douglas scored an interview with Bush consultant Karl Rove, who was in town for a state GOP fundraiser in Bellevue.
Rove had harsh words for the Occupy Wall Street protesters, describing them as "an amorphous group born out of frustration with capitalism with their personal financial circumstances, with a nebulous set of demands.”
Rove dismissed the idea that the rich should pay more taxes, and pointed out that the well-to-do pay more in income taxes than the poor. (That's true, though low-income people pay a much higher proportion of their income overall in taxes, in the form of payroll taxes, social security, Medicare, sales taxes, and gas taxes.)
3. Things keep getting nuttier at Westlake Park. On Wednesday night, a 23-year-old man began "yelling racial slurs at the crowd" gathered in the park and took swings at several people, police say.
According to a statement from the department, "he was then heard yelling something about hating police," ran towards a group of officers, and spat at them. Police arrested the man and put a spit sock on him, but he shook it off and spat blood onto officers' faces. SPD booked the man into jail, and three officers went to Harborview for treatment.
4. The latest fundraising numbers are in at the Federal Elections Commission for the pack of candidates angling to replace US Rep. Jay Inlsee (D-WA, 1). Inslee, of course, is the Democratic candidate for governor in 2012 and his Northwest Seattle district that reaches out to Shoreline and Edmonds and Lynnwood and over into parts of Kirkland and Redmond as well as Bainbridge Island and Kitsap has attracted eight competitors, mostly Democrats.[pullquote]Two little-known Democrats, Darshan Rauniyar and Andrew Hughes are in the top tier when it comes to money raised.[/pullquote]
The surprise is this: Two of those Democrats, Darshan Rauniyar, a Bothell technology entrepreneur who hypes his status as a Nepalise immigrant, and Andrew Hughes, a Seattle tax lawyer, both total unknowns in a field otherwise made up of current and former state legislators, are in the top tier when it comes to money raised. Rauniyar has $110,000 with $99,000 on hand Huges has $141,000 with $57,000 on hand. Rauniyar also says he had the most individual contributors—800—in the current fundraising cycle.
The cash battle among the main Democrats currently goes like this:
Former state legislator Laura Ruderman, a political fundraiser— $182,000 with $148,000 on hand
State Rep. Roger Goodman, known for his drug reform advocacy— $182,000 with $59,000 on hand
Andrew Hughes (who hasn't officially identified a seat, actually)— $141,000 with $57,000 on hand
Darshan Rauniyar— $110,000 with $99,000 on hand
State Sen. Steve Hobbs, known as a leader in the Roadkill Caucus, the moderate Dem faction in the state legislature— $53,000 with $49,000 on hand
State Rep. Marko Liias, an environmental leader in the state house—$48,000 with $25,000 on hand. Liias has also hyped his sheer number of donors, which he puts at 1,000.
Meanwhile, Inslee's 2010 Republican challenger James Watkins—who says he's "fascinated by the Occupy Seattle and Wall Street protests"---is giving it another go. He has raised $29,000 with $20,000 on hand.