1. Sarajane Siegfriedt, a low-income housing activist, confirms that she's running for the state house seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (D-46). In an email, Siegfriedt---who has advocated for AIDS housing, for people with disabilities, and for drug and alcohol treatment programs, among other causes---tells PubliCola she's running as "the housing and human services candidate who will fight for a compassionate budget that fully funds education as well as the safety net."
Jessyn Farrell, the former director of the Transportation Choices Coalition, is also running.
2. Darshan Rauninyar, an independent candidate for the First District Congressional seat being vacated by Democrat Jay Inslee, who's running for governor, may not have filled out the King County Democrats' candidate questionnaire, but he did sit down with a Whatcom County blogger the other day to talk about his views.
Rauninyar told the blog, The Political Junkie, that he's running as a small business candidate---his company sells flash drives---who will "close tax loopholes and bring the jobs back." He supports marriage equality but opposes marijuana legalization; wants to overturn Citizens United (the Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to fund independent expenditure ads without disclosure or funding limits); and wants to lock in tuition costs during a student's first year in college.
Read more here.
3. The Central Cinema, which was threatened with closure under state liquor board rules outlawing beer and wine service in theaters where minors are present, appears to be safe for now, the Central District News reports.
The rule specifically applies to theaters with movie screens that serve booze to over-21 patrons, and applies to just seven theaters in the state. Last legislative session, Vancouver Sen. Craig Pridemore (D-49) tried to overturn the rule, with legislation that would have allowed minors into beer-serving theaters as long as those theaters adopt a “minor control plan” for keeping kids from drinking booze on the premises. Although that bill didn't go anywhere, the liquor board has apparently informed Central Cinema it can keep serving beer and wine during all-ages movies.
4. Josh will be on KCTS TV 9 tonight at 7 pm to discuss the week's big stories—including. we imagine, Erica's scoop yesterday that Rob McKenna told a meeting of the Eastside Transportation Association, the private sector group that joined Kemper Freeman's losing court battle to stop light rail from crossing I-90, about his own disappointment that Bellevue (which approved the Sound Transit plan by 58 percent in 2008) is actually getting light rail.
5. There's a big debate tonight in Everett sponsored by the Washington State Labor Council starring the pack of Democrats running to take US Rep. Jay Inslee's seat (Inslee has given up the seat to run for governor).