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By Morning Fizz April 19, 2013


1. There is a manhunt in Boston's Watertown neighborhood this morning after one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed during a wild car chase and shootout that began last night after surveillance tape showed one of the suspects in the bombings robbing a convenience store.

The other bombing suspect, Tsarnaev's brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, fled in an SUV this morning, driving right through the cops.


The city and surrounding suburbs are on lockdown.

2. There are two important hearings in Olympia today: A) Rep. Judy Clibborn's (D-41, Mercer Island) transportation package. At issue: Will the proposal include a local option for transit? And B) Rep. Reuven Carlyle's (D-36, Queen Anne) revenue package to close $500 million in tax breaks. 

The conservative think tank, the Washington Policy Center, issued a white paper yesterday condemning Carlyle's plan, calling it a "tax increase proposal" that would "eliminate 9,800 private sector jobs." 

Asked to respond, Carlyle flagged an earlier WPC report that called for the state's tax system to "avoid special exemptions," quipping: "Isn't it weird that Washington Policy Center says the best tax system should be broad-based with few tax exemptions ...? "

Carlyle's proposal closes breaks on everything from high-tech R&D, to re-selling of prescription drugs, to oil exemptions, to janitorial services, to insurance agents, to imports, to bottled water.

He also closes a tax break for traditional land-line phones, leveling the playing field for cell phone providers who don't get the same exemption.

3. The Cascade Bicycle Club announced its early endorsements yesterday, and they probably won't surprise you much: Mayor Mike McGinn, council member Mike O'Brien, plus council member Sally Bagshaw and Richard Conlin.

Missing from the list: Council member Nick Licata, the only other council member up for reelection this year. 

Cascade policy manager Craig Benjamin says the group didn't endorse Licata in his last election, so "we are going to consider him in the next round" of endorsement considerations. "We just didn't include [Licata's race] in this round of our process. In 2009, when Licata was opposed by Jessie Israel and Marty Kaplan, Cascade didn't make an endorsement; this year, Licata is opposed by socialist Edwin Fruit.

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