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Daily Troll: Jet packs. Mayor games: Publicola v. Stranger. Rodney Tom's transportation tour.

Plus, the high cost of small Seattle babies and the UW brings the hospital home.
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Summer vacation campaigning?
 
After nixing a last-minute transportation bill in the last legislative session, the Senate Republican coalition is already making moves to make sure they get their way in transportation debates next session. Washington State Wire's Erik Smith reports that majority leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, and Curtis King, R-Yakima, are taking to the road with a seven-city  fix-it-before-we-fund-it tour that aims to drum up support for cutting road maintenance costs. "Big thing is," Smith writes, "lawmakers and the general public won’t sit still for a gas-tax increase unless the system is fixed first, they say." Meanwhile, Metro is still bracing for budget cuts.
 
Mayor games: Publicola v. Stranger
 
Primary results are still technically coming in (Check out the latest batch from yesterday here), but already things are getting nasty in the Murray-McGinn media storm. The Stranger's Paul Constant wasted no time in leaping on Ed Murray's primary night comment that he isn't "running to be a progressive mayor." Constant, of course, says a progressive mayor is exactly what Seattleites want: "We're sick of kowtowing to moderates, the craven imbeciles who tell us to wait on gay marriage until the national mood deigns to approve of it. We want to lead the way, and force the national mood to change."
 
Meanwhile, Publicola's Erica C. Barnett is challenging McGinn's "P-card", doing her darndest to stir up a he-said, she-said gender war. Her latest post from last night reiterates a point she initially published last Friday: That McGinn has fewer female cabinet members than Nickels did (7 or 8 as opposed to 13.) Apparently, McGinn had the audacity to dispute her initial claim on KUOW yesterday, which led to last night's point-by-point rebuttal. It's a bit like splitting hairs: We're most interested in what his cabinet members have accomplished. Still, it's an apt snapshot of what to expect in the next few months: Seattle's two progressive media outlets are on opposite sides of the fence, each fiercely guarding their camps. We can't wait to see what the candidates themselves have in store. May the fiercest tribute win!

UW brings the hospital home

With a $9.6 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in hand, the UW is helping to build a device to test for infectious diseases in low-resource areas. The UW and its partners, General Electric Co. Global Research, Epoch Biosciences Inc., PATH and Seattle Children’s Hospital, are building a device that will test patients for specific infectious diseases.
 
The tests will use a swab to test for specific pathogens, the presence of which will be indicated by a pattern of dots that will appear on the test paper. It's similar to an over-the-counter pregnancy test. Because it will be small, portable, inexpensive and easy to use, developers hope it will be an ideal tool for low-resource areas like military posts, communities in rural areas and even home use. Eventually, the research team hopes to develop a single test to target several different infectious diseases at the same time, but for now, research is focused on tests for a potentially fatal type of staph infection. Tests for influenza and sexually transmitted infections are in the pipeline as well.

Seattle has 14th priciest babies

Cha-ching! As Q13 Fox reports, raising a baby in Seattle is pricier than the national average, costing about $27,400 for baby’s first year. (The national average is $26,000.) Seattle is 14th out of 40 cities ranked by Seattle-based online real-estate company, Redfin — a number includes the cost of housing, healthcare and childcare, utilities and baby-specific items/needs. The cost doesn't seem to be stopping prospective parents though. As Sightline Daily has reported, Seattle’s kid population is on the rise. From 2000 – 2009, Washington's under-10 population dropped 0.7 percent, yet Seattle’s rose 1 percent.  And between 2000 and 2008, the number of households with children dropped 2.1 percent in Washington, but still rose 0.7 percent in Seattle. Guess we want our kids to love Seattle as much as we do, wallet-strain aside.  

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