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Friday politics wrap: Dino Rossi sighting; Bagshaw and trojan horses; gay troops get some cred
Happy Friday, All.
The News Tribune reports Republican Rossi may be going back to the Legislature, as a temporary fill for Republican Sen. Cheryl Pflug.
Pflug, you may remember, bailed on her seat in the last seconds of filing -- and unfiling --- for office. It is Rossi's old seat.
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw added some balance to -- threw ice cubes on --- Thursday's boisterous rally in favor of a new NBA arena. No doubt, the arena got a boost this week with Wednesday's announcement that local business people were joining the group trying to land a basketball team.
Baghsaw, a member of the council's libraries, utilities and Seattle Center committee, told KJR-AM host Dave "Softy'' Mahler to be careful about calling the Hansen plan a gift. Sometimes, she said, mildly in jest, you have to remember the Trojan Horse.
Politics Northwest asked Bagshaw to be more specific. "It's not like it's bad. Chris Hansen and his partners are good people. We have to make sure whatever we get into is a deal for the city.''
Bagshaw's bottom line: She wants the investors to take one last look at Seattle Center, and she means both KeyArena and the Memorial Stadium site.
The Associated Press has a story about a change in attitude toward gays in the military. A year ago gays in the military may have been reluctant to mention their sexual orientation. This year, the Pentagon plans to salute them, marking June as Gay Pride Month.
Obviously, voters in Washington state are in heated discussions about gay politics, with Referendum 74, which aims to undo the state's new gay marriage law, certain for the November ballot.
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