Morning Fizz

1. The obligatory bet between Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Mile High City Denver Mayor Michael Hancock could certainly be interesting this year.

Super bowl, indeed.

2. Young Cuban-American attorney and immigrants rights activist David Perez caused a stir last month by filing to run in the 36th Legislative District as a placeholder move in case longtime state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard) decides not to run for reelection this year. 

An irked Kohl-Welles told PubliCola Perez was "making a lot of assumptions," and Perez—who writes for PubliCola occasionally as our LawNerd—told us he was "just making sure [he was] prepared ... that's all."

Well, well, Perez is certainly "prepared." He reports having raised $27,500 through the end of December, with bigwigs such as former Starbucks exec Howard Behar and Fremont Dock owner Suzie Burke on his list of contributors.

Kohl-Welles has raised $58,000, though she has just $20,000 in the bank.

3. State Rep. Marko Liias (D-21, Mukilteo) was officially nominated to replace retiring state Sen. Paull Shin (D-21, Edmonds) on Saturday. (Shin announced his sudden retirement earlier this year in part because of an Alzheimer's diagnosis.)

The Snohomish County Council is set to officially appoint Liias, an environmental leader and one of five openly gay members of the state legislature, tomorrow.

As for Liias' replacement, the Democrats recommended Everett high school counselor and chair of the governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Lilian Ortiz-Self, and Snohomish labor leader Darrell Chapman.

4. We'd like to think all those honking horns were for us last night: PubliCola turned five years old yesterday. If you're a brand new reader, welcome (PubliCola story here). And to all you longtime readers, thanks for being part of our first half-decade. Whoa.

Our very first post? "Cantwell Says No to O-genda"—a report on Sen. Maria Cantwell's vote (one of just eight Democrats plus independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, VT) against incoming President Barack Obama's push for $350 billion in extra TARP money.

Remember TARP?