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August 29, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: Cue up 2013 mayor’s race; Ramtha guru likes the Dems

State Sen. Ed Murray

Good morning, All.

Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess

Forget all that chit-chat about president, governor and attorney general. That’s so 2012. Let’s talk for a minute about the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race. It is taking shape, quietly, behind the scenes. No announcements, official or otherwise. But I am going out on a very sturdy limb to say I expect to see at least two candidates file against incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn by the end of the year, state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, and Seattle City Councilman Tim Burgess. There may be more. Folks around town say they hear Burgess is all but certain to run but won’t say an official word before the end of the year.

 

Murray was glib, but said: “I will make a decision and then announce (something) after the November election, after the Referendum 74 (gay marriage campaign).”

Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell is also considering the race, but is not expected to say too much about that between now and the end of the year.

 

Some of the enthusiasm surrounding the approve Referendum 74 campaign is connected to the idea that Washington could be the first state in the country where same-sex marriage is approved in a popular vote. Not so fast. Washington is on the West Coast, Pacific Standard Time on Election Day. Technicality? Maybe. But Maine or Maryland, which are both voting on gay marriage that night, could be first, by dint of closing their polls ahead of Washington’s. And do not forget — who could? — Washington has a reputation for slow ballot counting, due in part to that whole postmark-by-election-night rule.

New-age Ramtha “channeler,” J.Z. Knight, gives $50,000 to the Democrats, who have regularly been padding Democrat Jay Inslee’s campaign. Who’s Ramtha, or for that matter, Knight?

 

The general election calendar got busier this week, with some firm dates established for debates among candidates for attorney general and governor. The candidates and their handlers argued about it for a while, but agreed to head-to-head match-ups when the time came. Here is a first crack at a general election calendar. Click ahead on the arrow below.

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