Today's Winner: Potential arena developer Chris Hansen.
The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that a group of Sacramento business and community leaders have written a letter to NBA commissioner David Stern saying that they have "lost faith in the Maloof family's ability to deliver on the many promises it has made." The Maloof family owns the Sacramento Kings, one of the teams that is rumored to be on the short list to move to Seattle and its potential half-billion-dollar new arena. "It is time for a new ownership group to take over the team.”
Hansen and Mayor Mike McGinn's office have refused to discuss specific teams, but the unfriendly letter could be good news for the arena, which Hansen and McGinn have said will not be built without an NBA, and potentially an NHL, franchise.
Another Winner: President Barack Obama
Darcy Burner, once uber-pissed off at the president (during the debt limit debate she called him a "Republican"), has decided to caucus for him this weekend.
She's posting about it on DailyKos and sending fundraising letters proclaiming: "This Sunday, I’ll be supporting Barack Obama at my precinct caucus. For three-and-a-half years, I’ve done everything I could to help him succeed as President ... Now I’m working to ensure he gets another four years as President – because even when we disagree on tactics, the President and I are on the same side working to build a better country."
That's certainly a change of heart from her principled stand in 2011 when she tweeted:
“In 2008, I gave thousands to @BarackObama. OFA [Obama for America] called recently for $, I told them not 1 dime: I don’t support Republicans.”
“@BarackObama isn’t a bad Democrat — because he’s not a Democrat. He’s a Republican. In that context his choices make sense.”
And finally, today's Loser: Jay Inslee
No sooner was the budget crunch in Olympia all taken care of, when Jay Inslee decided to resign from Congress to run full time for governor.
Jerry Cornfield's story in the Everett Herald points out that the legislature failed to find funding (they need about $1 million) for the special election caused by Inslee's resignation. (To be clear, the "Inslee election" is only adding about $225,000 to the cost of the election, but the full bill for $1 million goes to the state rather than the counties because it's a special election to replace a member of the US Congress.)
State election officials learned Wednesday they won't be getting an extra $1 million to cover the costs of a special election to replace U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee.
Lawmakers did not include any money in the state budget they passed Wednesday before adjourning and heading home.
House and Senate budget writers of both parties discussed adding a proviso into the budget to cover some or all of the estimated expenses but couldn't reach agreement, said Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
he decision means funds to pay the bills of Snohomish, King and Kitsap counties later this year must be taken out of other agency accounts, he said. Election officials can then ask lawmakers in 2013 to reimburse those accounts, he said.