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Looming in the background will be the popular State Auditor Brian Sonntag, who has been ahead of the governor and the legislature on taxing/spending discipline all along. He is a possible candidate for the 2012 Democratic gubernatorial nomination.
Members of the Seattle City Council will continue to hold center stage in local governance. Mayor Mike McGinn has squandered his time in office, and his credibility, with a single-minded crusade against the underground-tunnel replacement for the Alaskan Way Viaduct. He has isolated himself from the council, the governor, state legislative leaders, and Seattle voters, except for those in his limited political base. He also has appeared incapable of setting program and spending priorities within the city.
We've seen this before in our city governance but times are tough now and public choices truly important. They're likely to be made without McGinn.
To all, an ever hopeful New Year.
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