A couple of newsworthy notes:
- Jay Inslee, the Democratic candidate for governor, released the last five years of his tax returns last week and called on his opponent, Republican Rob McKenna, to do the same. The AP reports today that McKenna won’t release his tax return, saying it’s a distraction. Inslee’s tax returns showed he and his wife Trudi earned about $237,000 last year, and paid roughly $46,000 in taxes.
- The GOP convention in Tampa is underway. The Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner is there, and has filed stories about today’s delegation vote and the rise of of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Brunner is also a prolific Tweeter worth a follow for his behind-the-scenes observations (and while you’re at it, follow TVWnews — we’re rapidly approaching our 3,000 follower mark!) The News Tribune has also posted a few dispatches from local delegates with tidbits on how they are filling their down time by eating at Chick-A-Fil and watching the conservative film “2016: Obama’s America.”
- Debate season is ramping up, starting tomorrow night with a debate between Inslee and McKenna. We’ll have coverage here on the blog, and TVW is taping the event for air on Friday night at 8 p.m. Other debates coming up:
- On Sept. 12th, the Association of Washington Business is hosting a series of debates between the candidates for lieutenant governor Brad Owen and Bill Finkbeiner, secretary of state candidates Kathleen Drew and Kim Wyman, and auditor candidates Troy Kelley and James Watkins. It’ll be moderated by TVW’s “Inside Olympia” host Austin Jenkins and Peter Callaghan of The News Tribune. TVW will stream the debates live on the web.
- On Sept. 18, Seattle CityClub is hosting a debate between attorney general candidates Reagan Dunn and Bob Ferguson as well candidates for secretary of state. Also on Sept. 18th, the Association of Washington Cities is also holding a forum to address “local issues” with Inslee and McKenna, Dunn and Ferguson, and the state auditor candidates. We’ll keep you posted on air times.