Morning Fizz

Putting Off Its Decision

By Josh Feit April 25, 2012

Caffeinated News & Gossip. Your daily Morning Fizz.

1. After the King County Democrats endorsement committee decided over the weekend to rescind its Darcy Burner recommendation to the full body (leaving only Suzan DelBene up for consideration in the 1st Congressional District), last night, the full body—after voting to take DelBene's name off a long list of fast track endorsements and consider her separately—ended up putting off its decision in the contentious race until all the local Legislative Districts make their picks.

They also decided to hold off on making any picks in North Seattle's 46th District (where a group of Democrats is competing for retiring Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney's open seat and Sylvester Cann, aide to the the late state Sen. Scott White, is challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Gerry Pollet). Similary, they put off any decision in Seattle's 36th District (Ballard, Queen Anne, Phinney, Magnolia, Belltown) where another large group is going at it.

In the 11th District (S. Seattle, Renton, Tukwila) intramural, two of the four Democrats got the nod: school teacher Steven Bergquist and orthodontist Bobby Virk. The group scrapped Seattle Port Commissioner Rob Holland and former Port of Tacoma staffer Stephanie Bowman.

In the race for secretary of state, where three Democrats—former Gov. Chris Gregoire aide Kathleen Drew; Roadkill Caucus state Sen. Jim Kastama (D-25, Puyallup); and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels---are competing, they made a dual endorsement: Drew and Nickels, snubbing Kastama who infamously (among Democrats) supported Republican Sen. Joe Zarelli's (R-18, Ridgefield) budget coup in early March.

2. A new survey by a national privacy protection company concludes that residents of Seattle have the highest number of junk-mail opt-out requests, per capita, of any city in the United States---hardly surprising, given that one-fifth of all homes and businesses in the city have decided to opt out of Yellow Pages delivery.

According to the Atlantic, "a new ranking pulled together by privacy-protection company Catalog Choice" concluded that Seattle, Santa Fe, and Boulder made the most junk-mail opt-out requests per capita in March, and that the total amount of unsent mail amounted to about 170,000 pounds of solid waste, or 1,100 trees.

3. Fizz Follow-Up: Yesterday, we noted that 46th District state house candidate Sylvester Cann, who's black, was holding a "Communities of Color Fundraising Event" which was being hosted exclusively by leaders from communities of color such as King County Council member Larry Gossett and Renton City Council member Ed Prince.

Cann got back to us later in the day to explain his thinking:
I recognize that my own background gives me the opportunity to be an advocate for underrepresented communities in the 46th and beyond, and I don't take that role for granted.This campaign is truly about bringing people together to solve problems and I welcome the support of any individual or organization who shares that goal.

Cann is way out in front in the fundraising in the 46th. He's raised $35,000, and he has $27,000 cash on hand. His opponent, incumbent Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-46, N. Seattle) has raised $13,000 and has just about all of it left on hand.

4. Another Fizz Follow-Up: As we noted on Monday, the city got some good economic news---the three big credit agencies preserved its Aaa bond rating, and Standard & Poor's upgraded the city's outlook from "negative" to "stable---with a caveat: The city's budget relies too heavily on "economically-sensitive revenues for operations."

Fizz asked the city's budget director, Beth Goldberg, what the rating agency was referring to. She said those more-vulnerable taxes include  sales tax and business and occupation taxes – "taxes the fluctuate depending on the health of the economy."
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