1. The Seattle Times had an interesting story over the weekend: Seattle's GLBT Commission was forced to cancel its planned meeting with a gay delegation of leaders from Israel after gays in the community accused Israel of "pinkwashing"—that is: using its progressive record on gay rights to cover its record on Palestinians.
No word from the religious fundamentalist Sunni radicals at Hamas or Islamic Jihad on whether they appreciated the show of solidarity from Seattle's gays.
2. Liquor privatization: Not a done deal yet? Opponents filed a lawsuit last December claiming the successful initiative, I-1183, violated the one-subject rule by adding a public safety fund to the separate liquor privatization piece ... adding that votes wouldn't have approved the straight up privatization proposal without the safety component.
3. The pack of Democrats on the initial list to run for longtime US Rep. Norm Dicks' (D-WA, 6) open seat is dwindling down. Kitsap County Commissioner Josh Brown told the Kitsap Sun this weekend he is not running
State Sen. Derek Kilmer (D-26, Gig Harbor) is the only Democrat who has declared, and he's already been endorsed by the Pierce County Democrats.
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland, an African American and a big time environmentalist, is still considering a run against Kilmer, a moderate.