If you like your politics hot and feisty, this is a big week for that sort of thing in Seattle and Washington state. First, we have a basketball arena deal, which certainly will be a big topic in the 2013 Seattle mayor’s race. And why wait? Let the post-agreement analysis begin.
Who is/are the winner/winners in all of this? Mayor Mike McGinn, who first touted the original deal? City Councilmember Tim Burgess, a likely mayoral candidate who helped craft a revised arena deal, with more money for transportation? The fans? The port?
Please answer below.
If you want to know more about the deal, join us at noon Wednesday for a live chat with Burgess, Times reporter Lynn Thompson, editor Matt Kreamer and myself. Here is the link to join the discussion. Feel free to submit questions in advance.
Like I said, this is a busy week in politics. The Seattle Times and the Washington Coalition for Open Government are hosting an attorney general’s debate tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Seattle Times with Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson. The event will be live-streamed on seattletimes.com and on the TVW website Other debates are scheduled in several statewide races are planned Wednesday as well. The attorney general debate will be broadcast at a later time on TVW and KUOW-FM.
Sen. Maria Cantwell: Remember her? Anyone recall that the Democratic incumbent is running for re-election? Cantwell is running against Republican state Sen. Mike Baumgartner. The latest KING TV SurveyUSA shows why the race is getting so little attention. Cantwell is — has been — way out in front. The most recent poll was conducted among 524 likely voters Sept. 7-9 and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percent.