Morning Fizz

Animal Magnetism and Huggable Charm

By Morning Fizz October 1, 2012

Caffeinated News & Gossip. Your daily Morning Fizz.

1. Popular Seattle State Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) has endorsed Noel Frame, the head of Progressive Majority, in the race for the open house seat in the 36th Legislative District (Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia). Frame is running against Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton for the seat being vacated by retiring Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36). (Dickerson has endorsed Tarleton.)

We listed both candidates' other top-shelf endorsements here.

Tarleton has raised $116,000 with $21,000 cash on hand. Frame has raised $102,000 with $31,000 cash on hand. New fundraising numbers will be out later today.

2. Sandra Fluke, the (now-graduated) Georgetown Law School student who Rush Limbaugh called a "slut" for her testimony in favor of women's access to contraception, spoke against 1st District Congressional candidate John Koster, and in favor of his Democratic opponent Suzan DelBene, in Bellingham on Friday.

We'll have more about Fluke and DelBene's comments later today, but here's what Fluke had to say about a resolution Koster sponsored as a state legislator in 1995, calling Limbaugh "a man, a legend, a way of life," and determining, among other conclusions, that Limbaugh's  "extraordinary talents 'on loan from God' have been made obvious by the judicious and wise use of the half of his brain that is not 'tied behind his back just to make it even' as he artfully and skillfully exercises his acerbic wit, astounding brilliance, provocative satire, animal magnetism, and huggable charm."

"We had a resolution describing Rush Limbaugh as the epitome of morality and virtue, as someone who stands for truth and justice and someone whose talents were on loan from God, and also giving him praise for his animal magnetism," Fluke said. "While I would never encourage anyone to base their vote on the language of that resolution, I do think it is an interesting use of his time [as a legislator]."

3.  The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not hear an appeal from the Democrats and Libertarians to the  9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that Washington State's top-two primary is unfair. The parties complained that the top-two system—where the top two vote getters go through to the general regardless of party—allows candidates to wear the party label without the party's approval.

4. In case you missed it: Check out last Friday's Cola One Question for the ranking Republican on the state house transportation committee, Rep. Mike Armstrong (R-12, Wenatchee)

Short version, re: raising the $2.4 billion cap on the tunnel thanks to projected tolling shortfalls: "The fact of the matter is: I hope you got it loud and clear. I’m not willing to lift that cap. I’m a no."
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