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1. A new KING 5 poll shows that former state Department of Revenue Director and former Microsoft Executive Suzan DelBene has taken the lead in the Democratic elbowing match in the 1st Congressional District.

Flipping recent polling numbers, (and making a stunning comeback from an earlier KING 5 poll in late May), DelBene now leads rival Darcy Burner 17-13. (The lone Republican, Snohomish County Council member John Koster, is still way out in front, with 38 percent, consolidating the Republican vote).

The two other main Democratic hopefuls, former state rep Laura Ruderman and state Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-44, Lake Stevens) are far behind at six and five percent respectively.

DelBene, a (sometimes frustratingly) mild-mannered liberal, has poured $1 million of her own money into the campaign, funding a recent TV blitz. It appears to have worked. Previous polling put her well under 10 percent with Burner, an outspoken net roots progressive, homing in on 20 percent.

Burner and Hobbs have trash talked DelBene for being too wealthy to represent the district and for trying to buy the election.

And Ruderman's mom (!) has funded an independent expenditure campaign comparing DelBene to Mitt Romney and questioning her claims be an accomplished businesswoman (DleBene also helped establish and sell Drugstore.com). Fail. The KING 5 poll also found this: "79 percent of voters said a candidate's wealth is not a factor in deciding who gets their vote for Congress."

Curiously, though, the poll found that 25 percent of voters had an unfavorable impression of DelBene; 23 percent had a favorable impression. (Twenty-nine percent had an unfavorable impression of Burner while just 19 percent had a favorable impression of her.) Koster's favorable/unfavorable rating was 28/13.

The poll also found gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna tied in the 1st District (Inslee used to represent much of the district in Congress) and President Obama in front of Mitt Romney 50 to 40.

2. The Dept. of Justice and the city are expected to announce a consent decree plan today with an agreement that the feds will oversee a police reform plan.

3. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie donated $2.5 million to the pro-gay marriage campaign, Washington United for Marriage, bringing the pro-R-74 camp's total raised to $5 million. Opponents have raised $250,000 with $150,000 cash on hand.

State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Seattle), who ushered the gay marriage legislation through the state legislature in February, and who recently told PubliCola R-74 fundraising was "on target" (the target is about $8 million) issued a statement this morning:

“Strategically it couldn’t come at a more important time. It assures the campaign will have the basic resources to defend marriage equality. It will also make it so much easier for other business leaders to do the right thing and join the campaign."

Other big donors to the pro-gay marriage side are Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ($100,000) and Bill Gates Sr. ($100,000).

Speaking of parents and Jeff Bezos: Bezos' mom and dad, Mike and Jackie, have donated $500,000 to another ballot measure, I-1240, the pro-charter schools initiative.
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