On Other Blogs Yesterday: Times Catches Up, Carlyle Breaks Ranks
Editor's note: PubliCola took a breather yesterday while we migrated over to our new home at Seattle Met. Here's yesterday's edition of our daily roundup.
1. Over at the Seattle Times, editorial writer Joni Balter has an item about a "tidbit" PubliCola (that's an inner-capped "C," by the way) published last week---our story about the local tourism bureau's efforts to lobby city officials by encouraging downtown visitors to take photos and write letters to city officials when they witness illegal behavior---that's odd for a couple of reasons.
First, Balter says we reported on the story "a few years after the fact." That may have been a poor choice of words, but it isn't true. The letters and photos we wrote about were actually sent last week.
And: "Tidbit" is a funny word choice for a story the Times finally picked up on today ... and elevated to front-page status.
2. Also at the Times: About a third fewer new voters have registered in the state than did so during the first nine months of 2008. Young people, according to the secretary of state, were the least likely to register despite online technology that makes registering easier than it's ever been. Yesterday was the final day to register online.
3. Bloomberg News reports that Seattle residents feel their jobs are more secure than they did a year ago, with 91 percent of employed Seattleites saying they feel their jobs are secure---an 8 percent jump over 2011.
4. Breaking Democratic Party ranks, state Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-36) has endorsed Republican Bill Finkbeiner, former senate majority leader, over Democratic Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen, the PI.com reports. Owen is perhaps best known for traveling the state with his rock band, warning schoolchildren about the dangers of pot.
5. At the Ballard News Tribune, League of Education Voters founder Lisa MacFarlane makes the case for I-1240, the charter schools initiative, arguing that more-flexible charters will "students who aren’t succeeding in traditional school settings, or who need a different learning environment to reach their full potential."
6. The AP reports that before he cast himself as a "moderate" in the race for governor, Republican Rob McKenna met behind closed doors with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a controversial conservative group that crafts legislation for right-wing lawmakers, supports voter ID laws aimed at suppressing turnout among minority groups that traditionally vote for Democrats, and supports "stand your ground" laws like the one Trayvon Martin's shooter, George Zimmerman, cited in his defense earlier this year.