1. In the latest sign of how far we've come on gay rights, the house outlawed "sexual orientation change efforts" on kids under 18 yesterday voting 94-4, identifying the brutish practice of trying to change "sexual or romantic attractions toward individuals of the same sex" as "unprofessional conduct" for a health care provider.
Rep. Richard DeBolt (R-20, Chehalis), the former Republican house leader who voted both against the domestic partners law and gay marriage bill in 2009 and 2012 respectively, gave a moving speech explaining that heading into the session he "thought I knew how I was going to vote ... but as I listened to the compelling testimony I learned one thing... as a Christian person I can't stand by and idly watch somebody be put through... a torturous practice. Certain practices I believed in my life to be untrue, had been true. All children, whether gay, lesbian, transgender, or straight should be protected and not be subjected to therapies that can be borderline child abuse."
During her quavering floor speech yesterday, Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27, Tacoma), a gay rights leader in the legislature, and the first out lesbian elected to the house (in 2010?!), thanked DeBolt by name for his work moving the bill through the health care committee, where it passed unanimously.
Watch Rep. DeBolt's game-change speech here.
2. We warned you that conservative Democrat Rep. Brian Blake (D-19, Aberdeen) was too progressive for Seattle.
Blake was agitated yesterday when Seattle's lobbyist raised concerns, he said, at the "last minute." We have a call out to Seattle's lead lobbyist—former Ed Murray aide Scott Plusquellec—but we were able to talk to AWC lobbyist Carl Schroeder who stressed local control concerns saying AWC didn't want the state to automatically eliminate the floor size requirements for everyone, but rather give local districts the right to get rid of them themselves.
Seattle's concerns, Fizz has heard, coming from the council, are about "too many" micro units being built. An odd concern given that the Seattle Planning Commission recently put out a white paper calling for allowing more small units in single-family zones to address a lack of affordable housing that's pushing families out of Seattle.
Boy. We're noticing a theme here from Seattle city council: We don't want too much housing, we don't want too many transportation options (see today's anti-ridesharing hearing.)
3. Former mayor Mike McGinn's supporters may have been wrong when they predicted confidently that he would win, but they were right about at least one thing: Victor Ed Murray far out-raised the incumbent, bringing in—at last count, according to the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission—nearly $850,000 to McGinn's $488,000. As of the end of January, McGinn had erased most of his campaign debt, remaining just over $7,000 in the red; Murray, meanwhile, still owed nearly $22,000.
4. City council member Jean Godden has filed to run for election again (in 2015) in her new council district, District 4, which includes Wedgwood, Laurelhurst, Wallingford, and several other North Seattle neighborhoods. She's raised $2,200 so far.
5. A Cola reader sent in a picture from their daily morning walk to work in response to Josh's Pedestrian Chronicles series.