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Morning Fizz: Coming Through the August Primary

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By Morning Fizz June 4, 2013


1. Fizz hears that a poll done for mayoral candidate and state Sen. Ed Murray (D-43, Capitol Hill) shows Murray making it through the August primary along with Mayor Mike McGinn.

An Ed Murray poll shows Murray making it through the August primary along with Mayor Mike McGinn.

Take Murray's own polling for what it's worth, and also consider this: The state legislatures looks like it could be heading into a second special session that could drag on into July, forcing Murray—who can't legally raise money while the the legislature is in session—to think about resigning and campaigning full-time (something his campaign has said he has no intention of doing).

2. Speaking of mayor's race intrigue (and problems) for Murray in Olympia, his bill to repeal the dance tax (squarely aimed at cutting into McGinn's Stranger newspaper base), which would cost the state $892,000 in the 2013-15 biennium (and more than $1.1 million in successive budget cycles) is running into trouble with house Democratic budget leaders who aren't keen on forgoing a source of revenue. 

The house Democrats have, in fact, been moving in the opposite direction this year—getting rid of tax breaks, not putting more in place.

State house Democratic budget leaders aren't keen on forgoing a source of revenue.

3. We'll have more from last night's mayoral forum on arts and culture at Town Hall later today, but the award for most relentlessly on-message goes, again, to Socialist candidate Mary Martin.

When all the candidates were asked to name their favorite piece of Seattle public art, Martin, responded: "The Native American totem poles, which make it possible for us to remember the murder of John T. Williams by the Seattle police."

Asked at a previous forum earlier this year if the public should pay the SPD union chief's salary, Martin she wanted to "prosecute and  jail cops who kill and brutalize working people"

"We're generally interested in getting corporate money out of politics."

4. David Rolf, head of the Service Employees International Union (which represents home health care workers), says his union is contributing to the Seattle public campaign finance campaign (as we reported yesterday) because "we're generally interested in getting corporate money out of politics" and wanted to help fund a poll (which ultimately cost $18,000) to see if public campaign finance was viable in Seattle.

Rolf said SEIU won't be funding the parallel campaign for district elections, which, he said, is written in such a way that it disenfranchises people of color and renters; SEIU spokesman Adam Glickman adds that the union is not opposed to districts generally, but is "not inclined" to like this specific proposal, which they believe benefits wealthy North Seattle neighborhoods. 



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