Morning Fizz

Scheduling Lunches with Local Business Leaders

By Morning Fizz February 10, 2012

Caffeinated News & Gossip. Your daily Morning Fizz.

1. State Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) isn't the only male candidate in the pack running for the open seat in the 1st Congressional District against three high-profile women—Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, and Laura Ruderman—who's showing off his feminist cred. (Hobbs, of course, is sponsoring the "Reproductive Parity Act" which mandates  that any insurance that covers maternity care must cover abortions. Take that, President Obama!)

State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland), who's also running in the crowded race, passed a bill out of the state house yesterday that would protect victims of domestic violence by prohibiting courts from disclosing a victim's residence, employer, school, or shelter.

Goodman's bill, which passed unanimously, also increases the penalty for violating no-contact orders from a misdemeanor to a gross misdemeanor—meaning, up to 364 days in jail.

2. The Seattle Times has the latest on Mayor Mike McGinn's behind-the-scenes plans to bring an NBA team to Seattle: A New Jersey sport consultant who's advising McGinn and the San Francisco investor who wants to build a stadium in SoDo briefed city council members on the plan, which involves, the Times reports, tapping revenue from ticket sales and from a sports channel to fund the stadium.

McGinn's efforts to bring the NBA back to Seattle would certainly turn around his supposedly poor prospects for reelection (more on that later today), though council member Bruce Harrell, a likely McGinn rival in the 2013 election, is featured in the Times article as a booster for the deal as well.

3. Speaking of the 2013 mayoral election: The rumors about former King County Executive Ron Sims seriously considering a mayoral run are back (after having died down a bit). Fizz hears Sims has been scheduling lunches with local business leaders to feel out the idea.

4. Speaking of rumors: Our attempt to get Seattle Port Commissioner Bill Bryant, a moderate Republican, to address high-pitched chatter that he's about to announce his candidacy against US Sen. Maria Cantwell have gotten even funnier (and the joke's on us.)

Yesterday, his staff told us he couldn't talk to us because "he's out with laryngitis." But then we found out he's the newly announced speaker at a Southwest King County Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Sea Tac today.

The following email from the chamber went out yesterday:
Our February Membership Luncheon has had a change in speakers: Port of Seattle Commissioner Bill Bryant will talk about the Port's efforts in economic development in our region. We are excited to have Commissioner Bryant address the Southwest King County Chamber and share some of the Port of Seattle's latest and greatest accomplishments in this important area.
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