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    Morning Fizz: She couldn't even name a Republican she'd work with

    Caffeinated News & Gossip starring: 36th District Democrats and their endorsements, Nick Licata and towing companies, and more.

    The state Capitol in Olympia

    The state Capitol in Olympia jodastephen (Stephen Colebourne)/Flickr (CC)

    1. Some follow-up on our Wednesday night 36th District candidate debate (coverage here and here.) Last night, the 36th District Democrats' Executive Board made its recommendations (which the full group will consider at its endorsement meeting next Wednesday night). In the crowded field to replace retiring Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36, Ballard), the board made a dual endorsement:

    • Progressive Majority leader Noel Frame. Perhaps the Dems liked her bad-ass answer on Wednesday night? After her opponent Evan Clifthorne, responding to our question to name a recent change in the district he didn't like, said he wasn't happy with the expanded Fred Meyer, Frame contradicted him, saying it gave her cousin a union job.
    • Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton. Maybe they liked that she was so annoyed with Republicans that she couldn't name a single GOP legislator she would work with on expanding access to health care when 36th District Rep. Reuven Carlyle asked her (a practical question, we thought) to name a Republican co-sponsor she'd reach out to to pass an important bill? 

    But seriously, despite picking on Tarleton on Wednesday for things like her support of local industry's lawsuit against fixing the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail (she's gotten $1,000 in contributions from Ballard Oil), we too were impressed with her detailed answers, particularly when she namechecked several environmental programs that had been slashed in the recession — cutbacks that she would fight to restore. For example, she said would restore funding for the Model Toxics Control Act, including fighting for stronger clean air standards than the feds require. 

    Speaking of Tarleton, she called to correct our report yesterday, telling us she did not hold up her "Yes" sign when asked if she would accept the Stand for Children endorsement. (She says she wouldn't even fill out the hardline ed reform group's questionnare.) We checked the photo. We stand corrected. She also says she mistakenly held up the wrong sign — a "Yes" sign — when we asked her if she would have voted — like Dickerson and Carlyle — for the Republican pension reform bill. She says she's a "No" on that.

    And speaking of Stand for Children: The group has just endorsed Republican Rob McKenna for governor.

    2. One more bit of news from the 36th District recommendations: Another snub to local son, former mayor Greg Nickels. The board went with Olympia's Kathleen Drew, the former Gov. Chris Gregoire aide, in the race for secretary of state. (As Fizz noted yesterday, Drew won the sole recommendation of the Seattle's 43rd District earlier this week.)

    3. City Council member Nick Licata who has said that if Mayor Mike McGinn doesn't reach an agreement with the towing industry to prevent exorbitant towing rates by July, he'll introduce his own legislation — says he and McGinn met with the towing industry earlier this week to work out a proposal that's acceptable to both the city and industry.

    "We want to see something done, and the mayor does too, but I want to make sure it's done in a positive way," Licata says. Licata said the preliminary discussions narrowed down on a base towing rate of about $300 — 135 percent of the state patrol's $177-per-hour towing fee.

    4. Jack Connelly, a Democratic Tacoma lawyer who's running against current state House member Jeannie Darnielle for the open 27th District state Senate seat being vacated by Debbie Regala, is squishy on several Democratic Party litmus-test issues, including access to contraception, a woman's right to choose, and gay marriage.

    Although attempts to connect with Connelly have been unsuccessful so far, we're basing our assessment of his views on his web site. There, he takes a Rob McKenna-esque approach to abortion (abortion is a "federal issue which cannot be changed in the Washington state senate," but all abortion cause "pain and anguish"); expresses support for religious "crisis pregnancy centers," which attempt to talk pregnant girls and women out of getting abortions ("Women can be empowered by provision and support of organizations that provide services for pregnant women who want to carry their children to term and/or direct women to adoption centers"); expresses support for religious groups that refuse to cover contraception ("Just as individuals should take notice when government actors attempt to restrict someone’s right to contraception, all Americans should be concerned when various groups are directed toward action, which violates their religious precepts"); and uses coded anti-gay-marriage language ("the traditional concept of marriage was changed in the legislature in 2012.")

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    Posted Fri, May 18, 9:26 a.m. Inappropriate

    Thanks for the heads up about Tarleton acting as a shill for companies blocking completion of the BGT. For me, this is a show-stopper that prevents me from voting for her, because if she sold out this one time, there is no telling how many more times she will do it in what will hopefully not be a long career in the legislature.

    Mud Baby

    Posted Fri, May 18, 1:40 p.m. Inappropriate

    I think you need to review a tape of what was actually asked and answered. [Crosscut--is a recording posted somewhere?] Tarleton did not say she "support[s] local industry's lawsuit against fixing the Missing Link of the Burke-Gilman Trail." She said the businesses have legitimate concerns about the currently proposed route. My experience is that Tarleton advocates for completion of the missing link in a manner that satisfies both the bikers and the businesses as much as possible. As far as I know, she has had no engagement with the litigation whatsoever.

    The BG missing link is an essential transportation element for the NW part of town (I live in Fremont and use the route a lot). Finding a solution is difficult enough without throwing unfounded name-calling bombs.

    A further irony here is that Tarleton's supporter at Ballard Oil, Warren Aakervik, is a long time Teamster, the union that has it out for her. These complicated alignments have been discussed repeatedly in local blogs; you are making people out to be one-issue which is rarely the case.

    Also, just curious: Do you regularly use the BG route through Ballard? What's your interest?


    Posted Fri, May 18, 12:47 p.m. Inappropriate

    I think I must have missed this but you asked the candidates if they would accept an endorsement from Stand for Children? Is that how it was phrased? Who accepted and who rejected (besides Tarleton)?

    Why did you ask that? I ask because I'm interested in all thing public education and Stand is mostly an astro-turf "grass roots" group now that pushes an ed reform agenda.


    Posted Fri, May 18, 1:51 p.m. Inappropriate

    We asked because SFC is a controversial group in the Democratic Party and we wanted to see if the candidates were comfortable with the group's endorsement ... and comfortable defying their Party. It would have also given us a gauge on their thinking about education reform.

    Evan Clifthorne and Sahar Fathi raised their "Yes" signs when asked if they would accept SFC's endorsment. Everyone else said "No."

    However, some confusion ensued after the question, and Brett Phillips changed his vote to yes, saying he was meeting with the group the very next day to seek their endorsement.

    Noel refused to fill out the group's questionnaire according to SFC and Gael told us she refused as well.

    Posted Fri, May 18, 5:06 p.m. Inappropriate

    It seems that everyone and everything was confused at your latest "progressive" forum. This is par for the course. Rather than toss accusations at anyone, maybe you and Josh need to master your own basics first.


    Posted Fri, May 18, 9:16 p.m. Inappropriate

    Just like you need to master your use of political terminology.


    Posted Fri, May 18, 1:52 p.m. Inappropriate

    By the way, this is Josh, not Erica. Got our passwords all messed up here in our first week.

    Posted Fri, May 18, 6:07 p.m. Inappropriate

    Looks like Squishy Jack Connelly saw your post, the page you reference has been removed.


    Posted Fri, May 18, 9:18 p.m. Inappropriate

    The latter day JC is a reactionary catholic.


    Posted Mon, May 21, 8:41 a.m. Inappropriate

    Erica & Josh --

    Why is this just a replay of Friday's column? Specifically, is the link to the video of the 36th District(my district)candidates' forum going to appear? Are the R's going to muster the courage to walk into the 36th Progressives Den.

    By the way, I applaud your exposure of Constantine's sleazy side. I suggest having a long-term "informal" committed relationship (such as my own) implies a greater level of trust than even a "formal" marriage. If Bill Clinton had to go through impeachment for less of a transgression, then I think that this is not just a "private matter", even though the proclivity is an expected accoutrement of those who aspire to macho political power.


    Posted Mon, May 21, 9:59 a.m. Inappropriate

    Can't SFC lose their 501(c)3 by supporting a candidate?

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