Caffeinated News

1. A quick follow-up to our Fizz item earlier this week, in which we wondered whether City Council member Tim Burgess planned to run for reelection in 2015. (Burgess, who has declared for one of the two at-large council seats, has not raised any money yet, fueling speculation that he plans to retire.)

In a conversation with Fizz, Burgess said he is planning to run, but has been concentrating on the campaign for Prop. 1B, the preschool funding measure; additionally, Burgess had a cancer scare earlier this year "that definitely caught my attention."

However, he says, "I'm going to be very active" on the campaign trail once this November's election is out of the way. 

2. Speaking of the Prop 1A (a child care worker union measure for pay raises and training standards) vs. Prop 1B (a mayor and city council measure for preschool slots for kids) debate, there's a poll in the field gauging which one voters are for. But it stops there—no messaging or message testing. For example, if you say you don't know which measure you support, the poll, by Virginia-based Target Point Consulting, ends abruptly. 

Neither the Prop 1A campaign nor the Prop 1B campaign has reported an expenditure for this poll yet. Both camps are up on TV, though

3. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) was the keynote speaker yesterday at a Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce symposium on equity for women in business, part of the chamber's Women in Business Leadership Initiative. 

Murray brought the house down at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Seattle after telling an anecdote about her days at WSU when she got the rules changed so women could wear pants in the dining hall.

After finishing the story by noting that her U.S. Senate colleague, longtime badass feminist U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) changed the rules in the senate by simply showing up in a pants suit one day (the parliamentarian couldn't find a rule to stop Mikulski), a young women in the audience thanked Murray for telling the story. The young woman said her generation needed to hear stories like these because "I've been wearing pants my whole life," without a thought.  

"You're welcome," Sen. Murray said to cheers from the crowd. 

4. Labor activists were out in full (and colorful) force at yesterday's public hearing at the Garfield Community Center on the proposed city budget to show support for one Mayor Ed Murray line item: an Office of Labor Standards.  The labor factions were differentiated by red shirts (socialists), green shirts (Working Washington), and purple shirts (healthcare workers).

Supporters of social servies from the Seattle Human Services Coalition (orange scarves) filled out the crowd of nearly 100 folks, who continued to press the council on an issue that remains front and center even though the council unanimously passed Murray's $15 minimum wage earlier this year: income inequality. 

One commenter flagged Monday's Seattle Times outlining the city's increasing wealth gap. And socialist candidate—for the state legislature—Jess Spear, who's running against Seattle's Rep. Frank Chopp (D-43, Capitol Hill, U. District, Wallingford), called for a millionaires' tax.