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    Morning Fizz: The Latest Fundraising Stats

    Caffeinated news and gossip starring Rob McKenna, Jay Inlsee, and Brett Phillips.
    Rep. Jay Inslee is interviewed on KCTS 9 by Enrique Cerna.

    Rep. Jay Inslee is interviewed on KCTS 9 by Enrique Cerna. KCTS 9

    1. On Friday, we had the latest fundraising stats on Republican gubernatorial candidate, Attorney General Rob McKenna; he was at $5.8 million raised with $3.2 million on hand.

    Democratic candidate former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's numbers are in now as well (the deadline was June 10). Inslee has raised $5.6 million with $3.3 million on hand.

    The two candidates will square off Tuesday in their first debate: It's in Spokane, but you can catch it live on TVW or KUOW at 3:30 p.m. It's being sponsored by the Association of Washington Business, the conservative business lobby that traditionally supports Republican causues. For example, AWB's political committee just took in $100,000 from big McKenna donor Tesoro Oil, which AWB then contributed to Initiative 1185, Tim Eyman's latest measure to reaffirm the two-thirds requirement on the Legislature to raise taxes.

    In a widely reported swing-and-a-miss, the Inslee camp fired off a letter to the AWB last week accusing the business group of taking money from a big McKenna-backer such as Tesoro ($3,400 to McKenna), but the AWB rejected Inslee's accuastion of bias by pointing out that they sent the Tesoro money to Eyman's PAC.

    Hopefully the candidates will directly address the two-thirds rule on Tuesday. Inslee has said he questions whether the rule is constitutional and he doesn't like the policy. McKenna says voters have approved the rule several times, so he's for it.

    2. Those may seem like standard party lines on both sides, but McKenna is aiming to defy political stereotypes this morning. He's holding a press conference at Seattle Center to showcase his Democratic supporters, "Democrats for Rob."

    No word on who'll they'll be, but Fizz recently got a will-not-confirm-or-deny response from Kirkland-area Democratic state Rep. Deb Eddy (D-48) that she was involved in the effort.

    3. Speaking of fundraising: In the state legislative race that Fizz has been obsessed with (Seattle's 36th District—Ballard, Queen Anne, Greenwood, Lake Union, Magnolia, Fremont), Brett Phillips, a sustainability and green jobs advocate and Unico Properties program manager, is edging ahead in fundraising with $48,000 cash on hand. (Phillips is the son of Democratic King County Council member Larry Phillips.)

    Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton is right behind him with $45,000 cash on hand.

    Progressive Majority leader Noel Frame has about $27,000 on hand and Seattle City Council member Mike O'Brien aide Sahar Fathi has $19,000 on hand.

    State Sen. Paull Shin aide, Evan Clifthorne has $6,000 on hand.

    The pack of Democrats is running to replace longtime state Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson (D-36, Ballard); Dickerson, who has endorsed Tarleton, is retiring.

    4. The little scoop Erica had back in April about San Francisco hedge fund manager Chris Hansen's potential for a sweet deal on the arena propoerty is starting to get some attention:

    "Stay tuned for 'Flip This Arena' on ESPN. How much else in this deal is similarly inflated?" the Seattle Times asked on its Sunday editorial page this weekend. 


    Erica C. Barnett was the news editor for Seattle's online news site, PubliCola, where she covered city hall, transportation, land use, and state politics. She had also been the news editor and city hall columnist for The Stranger. In 2007, the King County Municipal League named Erica its Government Affairs Reporter of the year. She can be reached at erica.barnett@crosscut.com.

    Award-winning journalist Josh Feit founded and edited the online news site PubliCola, where he also did double duty as the state house reporter, covering the legislature in Olympia. Before that, for nine years, he was the news editor and political columnist at Seattle's alt-weekly, The Stranger. He can be reached at josh.feit@crosscut.com.

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    Posted Mon, Jun 11, 9:42 p.m. Inappropriate

    Regarding #1: Are you deliberately hiding the most noteworthy information? Yes, when you look at the total numbers over the past year or so, McKenna and Inslee have raised almost identical amounts.

    But -- you should know this -- your readers are interested in the horserace aspect of the campaign, who has the momentum, the details behind the big numbers, etc.

    So I'll help your readers out. McKenna raised $1.2 million in May. Inslee raised $600,000 in May, over a quarter of which came as a transfer from the state party. These are remarkable facts on many levels.

    You omitted this from your reporting and instead chose to promote the much less consequential Tesoro/AWB issue. This is a perfect example of why so many readers don't regard Erica and Josh as unbiased reporters committed to a balanced approach to the news!


    Posted Tue, Jun 12, 9:38 a.m. Inappropriate

    From today's news, Brewster didn't, either. I gave them six months at Crosscut and they didn't last two. They say they'll be back, but until they learn to verify anything they are told, and to quit injecting themselves and their outsized egos into everything they write, smart news readers will continue to dismiss them as scavengers of gossip and bottom feeders of rumor.


    Posted Tue, Jun 12, 11:29 a.m. Inappropriate

    Today's news? Is there a link regarding a change in the relationship of Brewster, Barnett, and Feit?

    Posted Tue, Jun 12, 11:47 a.m. Inappropriate

    Oh, found it:

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