Ed Murray running
He wanted to do it in 2009. Now, state Sen. Ed Murray is running for mayor.
Technically, he is only forming an exploratory committee, but as The Seattle Times noted, he announced this so-called exploratory committee at a press event before a crowd of cheering supporters.
The reporter covering the story for the paper is Andrew Garber from their Olympia bureau, so there's a good section on how a campaign might be complicated by his legislative position, including his recent selection by Democrats to be the majority leader. Murray promises that he will focus on his duties there. And, Garber wrote:
One of Murray's biggest fears is the Legislature could bog down, as it often does, and drag on through multiple special sessions.
"If we're going through June and July, then, at that point, I'd have to re-evaluate. It would be very difficult for me to see how I could run," he said.
Publicola takes more of the City Hall insider approach here in its story, which has lots of detailed quotes on hot-button issues like density, police accountability and the arena — plus a so-2011 section on the tunnel that mainly allows him to take a shot at McGinn (who shot himself in the foot over and over on that one). But there's a particularly smart ending:
The conventional wisdom, with so many high-profile candidates lining up to run for mayor, is that McGinn is vulnerable. But Murray isn't underestimating McGinn.
"I, for one, think that Mike McGinn is a far stronger contender than some of the chattering classes think he is," Murray concluded. "I don’t take him lightly. He did defeat an incumbent mayor. That was more than just luck. He has a significant core group of very strong supporters."
Maria Goodloe-Johnson dies
Just after 5 p.m., a variety of news outlets began reporting the death of former Seattle Schools Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson. KOMOnews.com linked to a South Carolina station's report that she had been sick for about a year.
One early reaction came from former King County Executive Ron Sims, who said on Facebook: "This makes me very sad. I really liked her."
Before coming to Seattle, she had been the first black woman to be superintendent of schools for Charleston County in South Carolina. The Seattle School Board removed her in early 2011 following a critical state audit report on financial issues.
Legal reefer madness
Hoping that Big Money doesn't control the marijuana distribution field after Initiative 502 takes effect on Thursday? Olympia attorney Arthur West has got your back.
Washington State Wire's Erik Smith reports that West has filed suit in state court, alleging that the initiative broke the state's constitutional prohibition on including more than one subject in a bill. It's a pretty technical challenge and Smith lays out reasons why supporters of the law think his challenge will flop.
West, though, probably speaks for a fair number of those who voted for the measure, saying he doesn't want "big corporations or drug cartels" dominating under the regulatory scheme that is supposed to be developed by the state.
On KING5 earlier today, King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg predicted the federal government will be provoked enough by the state engaging in regulation that it will go to court, with the resolution coming from the U.S. Supreme Court in about two years.
Also on the eve of sidewalk puffery: A nice line from The Oregonian's Joseph Rose, calling Washington a "right-to-toke state."
Kemper Freeman, Jr.: unfiltered
Normally it would not be news that a commercial developer has launched a website to advance his or her ideas and initiatives. But in this case that developer is Kemper Freeman, Jr. The Bellevue mall developer is arguably the Eastside’s most controversial civic leader. He may also be its most misunderstood.
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