1. The King County Council's executive board has recommended three candidates for the open council seat being vacated by Democrat Bob Ferguson, who was elected state attorney general in November, the Seattle Times reports. They are (in order of votes recieved): Seattle attorney Rod Dembowski, Shoreline City Council member Will Hall, and Shoreline state Rep. Cindy Ryu.

The recommendation is non-binding, and candidates can continue to apply for the position, representing North Seattle and Shoreline, until December 3.

After that, King County Executive Dow Constantine will appoint an advisory committee to pick three names, which they will forward to him by December 21; the ultimate pick is up to Constantine.

2. After just one term in Congress, Camas Republican US Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-3) has been appointed to a coveted position on the House Appropriations committee, the Columbian reports. Herrera Beutler's appointment comes on the heels of the news, reported at the Huffington Post and elsewhere, that House Majority Leader John Boehner's 19 committee chair appointees are all white men.

3The Seattle Times reports that the state liquor control board, which is charged with implementing the marijuana legalization initiative that passed earliert this month, is asking for 40 new staffers to help it figure out how to create rules for state-licensed marijuana stores, growers, and processers.

The measure, Initiative 502, legalized recreational marijuana use and called on the liquor board to create a system to regulate and tax it. Most of the 40 positions would be enforcement officers, the Times reports.

4. Roll Callreports that a trip US Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) took to Bali with his senior legislative aide appears to be the most expensive privately financed trip in Congressional history. 

The development company Chemonics International, which contracts with the U.S. Agency for International Development, spent almost $45,000 to send McDermott and his aide Jessica Lee to Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia.

McDermott, who has served 12 terms in Congress, routinely runs for reelection with no credible opposition from either party. The pair attended the Bali Democracy Forum at the invitation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and met with Indonesian government officials in Jarkata.

Roll Call reports that Chemonics also spent $10,000 to bring Lee to Indonesia for a democracy training in June.