1. Socialist candidate Kshama Sawant, a write-in candidate against state house speaker Frank Chopp (D-43), is suing the secretary of state's office to get her party affiliation listed on the ballot, the Seattle Times reports.

2. Seattle Transit Blog and Seattle Weekly each offer a stark look at what the failure of this year's Proposition 1 will mean for transit in Pierce County. The short version: No weekend service, and drastic reductions to weekday service.



3. The Everett Herald has the news that Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is refusing to release his tax returns, calling requests to do so "a ridiculous distraction."

4. As if Portland's superior food-truck scene wasn't indignity enough, there's now a company devoted entirely to reducing the amount of trash truck patrons waste, NPR reports.

5. Finally, Think Progress takes a look at today's Republican convention speakers, including Washington State's own Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5), who, they note,  voted against the Lilly Ledbetter [Act], sought to exclude LGBT couples from the Violence Against Women Act because domestic violence in LGBT relationships is 'a side issue,'" and "does not believe Barack Obama was born in the U.S., telling reporters she’d 'like to see the documents.'”
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