1. Following up on our story that socialist city council member Kshama Sawant bought a $345,000 house in July—making all nine City Council members homeowners (while 52 percent of the city are renters)—we looked into the property values for her ownership-class colleagues.
According to their most recent financial disclosure reports and King County records: Sally Bagswhaw's downtown apartment is simply listed in the top "Over $100,000" range (though, cross checking values in her apartment building show property worth over $2 million; Tim Burgess' Queen Anne home is worth $1,050,000; Sally Clark's Hillman City home is worth $484,000; Jean Godden's View Ridge area home is worth $838,000; Bruce Harrell owns three pieces of property—a Seward Park home worth $1,660,000, a Hillman City home in Southeast Seattle worth $317,000, and Bellevue apartments worth $6,788,600; Nick Licata's Green Lake home is worth $547,000; Mike O’Brien owns two Fremont homes worth $348,000 and $652,000; and Tom Rasmussen owns a West Seattle home worth $607,000.
2. Yesterday, Seattle City Council member Burgess confirmed for Fizz that, "Yes," he's running for reelection, and he's in the "at-large" seat.
However, as for the rumor we'd heard that longtime (since 1992) Democratic King County Council member Larry Phillips wasn't running for reelection? Phillips says: "No way! I love my job. Others may love my job too, which is why they start rumors....!"
3. KCTS and UW political science professor Matt Barreto have released their annual election season poll.
Election Toplines: I-594, the gun control measure, is at 61.1 percent "Yes" overall (with 52 percent "certain" and 9.1 percent yes-ish—plus 2.9 percent are "undecided," but "lean yes.") I-1351, the smaller class size initiative, is also polling well. It's at 56.3 "Yes" overall (48.7 "certain" yeses and 7.6. percent "yes, but could change," plus 4.3 percent are "undecided, but lean yes."
Gov. Jay Inslee has a solid approval rating. He's at 53.8 "favorable."
Barreto concludes: "Both initiatives have broad support statewide and appear on their way to being passed."
The anti-gun control initiative, I-591, however, does not look like it's on its way to pass. The "Yes" column is only at 41.7.
Some other findings: Gov. Jay Inslee has a solid approval rating. He's at 53.8 "favorable" vs. 28.9 "unfavorable;" voters are split on a statewide $15 minimum wage—48.2 percent agree with the idea while 47.8 percent disagree with the idea; a combo of spending cuts and tax increases is the way to deal with the state budget deficit according to 29.6 percent of people, the biggest portion of those polled, while 22.7 percent think spending cuts is the only option, 22.5 percent think "mostly spending cuts" is the best option, and just 5.6 percent think tax increases are the only option and just 12.3 percent think "mostly with tax increases" is the best option; and "right direction" vs. "wrong track" for the state is at 48.6 vs. 36.3.
50.1 percent say they have never posted a comment on Facebook, including 50.3 percent of people in the Puget Sound and 58 percent of people in Eastern Washington.