Morning Fizz

A Legal Effort is More Likely

By Morning Fizz November 30, 2011

Caffeinated news and gossip. Your daily Morning Fizz.

1. The Washington Food Industry Association, the statewide group that represents independent and family-owned grocers, is already pushing for legislative efforts to amend I-1183, the Costco-backed liquor privatization measure that voters approved in November 60-40. (The independent grocers think the measure unfairly favors big retailers.)

But Fizz hears that a legal effort to stop the measure is more likely: We're told opponents of the measure are going to file a lawsuit against I-1183 on the grounds that it violates the two-subject rule because it both mandates privatization and orders the sale of the state's liquor warehouse.

We're not sure that's as two-subject-y as, say, Tim Eyman's failed initiative to A) stop tolling from being spent on more than one project, B) stop variable tolling rates, oh and C) stop light rail from crossing I-90, but we're not lawyers.

On its blog, the Washington Public Employees Association (900 state liquor store workers may lose their jobs now) the WPEA says this:
WPEA will be in touch with affected members to talk about their options in the coming weeks. It is also possible that lawsuits will be filed to throw out 1183, on the grounds that no initiative may cover more than one subject.

2. We weren't the only ones who were moved by Garfield High School history teacher Jesse Hagopian's Monday protest at the state capitol against education funding cuts.

About 400 GHS students staged out a walkout—and walk to city hall—yesterday to send a message to Olympia against more K-12 education cuts, saying they were inspired by the school's activist teacher.

The Seattle Times reports:
Legislators have already made substantial cuts over the past three years, leading Seattle Public Schools to cut some $80 million from its operating budget, according to district officials.

Those cuts have hurt, said Jessica Markowitz, a 16-year-old junior holding a sign that read "Fund our Future." She pointed to canceled programs and increased fees for night school and summer school.

Markowitz skipped Spanish 4 to attend the rally, but she said the protest was not about cutting class.

"We're willing to miss one day because the impact of the cuts is bigger," she said.

The protest was inspired by Garfield history teacher Jesse Hagopian, said Markowitz and others.


The students plan to hold events with other high schools across the city to keep the issue in the public eye, said Grant Bronsdon, president of Garfield's student government.

"We're not just a bunch of kids skipping class, being rowdy," Bronsdon said. "We're a bunch of kids with a message."

K-12 has already taken $2.5 billion in hits over the last three years when you include cancellation of planned cost-of-living pay increases. With the state facing an additional $1.5 budget shortfall, $334 million in K-12 cuts are now on the table, including reducing funding for schools in poorer districts by 50 percent for $150 million, reducing the school year by four days for $99 million, and reducing certified teacher bonuses for $8 million.[pullquote]Perhaps they weren't into Larsen's anti-Herman Cain repertoire.[/pullquote]

3. After taking second place in last year's D.C. stand-up comedy contest for politicos, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA, 2), was back at DC Improv last night, going up against the likes of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA).

"I'm sorry to report, it wasn't to be this year," Larsen aide Bryan Thomas told us shortly after the show, blaming the conservative crowd for Larsen's poor showing: "Frankly, the odds were a bit stacked against him, as the crowd was more conservative than Republican primary Mississippi."

Perhaps they weren't into Larsen's anti-Herman Cain repertoire:
"Herman Cain. Man, that guy is in the news all the time, if not for one thing, then it’s another. Come to think of it, it is really just for one thing."

"Man, that guy’s forgotten more encounters with women than Rick Perry has forgotten government agencies."

US Rep. Rick Larsen

"Anyway, Herman Cain now says he’s 'reassessing his campaign for the presidency.' Come on man. Really? That’s like me saying I’m reassessing my hairline. It’s gone, it’s not coming back. It’s over."

Larsen also went after the latest Republican front-runner:
And what about Newt Gingrich? Who would have thought that his campaign would last longer than a Kim Kardashian marriage? Or one of his own, for that matter?

This year's winner was Jamie Weinstein, senior editor at the conservative political news site, The Daily Caller.
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