AIMING FOR CHOPP'S SPOT Jess Spear, a climate scientist and grassroots organizer who's leading the campaign for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle, filed paperwork on May 16 to run against the most powerful lawmaker in the state legislature: House Speaker Frank Chopp, the Democrat from Seattle's 43rd Legislative District (Capitol Hill, the University District, and Fremont). What is Spear thinking? Seems to be pretty much what Kshama Sawant was thinking in 2012, when she unsuccessfully challenged Chopp—and then parlayed the experience into a successful Seattle City Council run. "Frank Chopp is totally beatable," Spear says. Like Sawant, she is running with the Socialist Alternative Party. DOMINIC HOLDEN

AIMING FOR A BETTER BUS PLAN Mayor Ed Murray insists his funding proposal to prevent drastic cuts to Seattle bus service is "progressive," even though it's based on an increase in the regressive (flat) sales tax, which disproportionately hurts poor taxpayers. Now there's a new Metro-saving proposal on the block, and it's progressive in both ends and means. Announced by Seattle City Council members Kshama Sawant and Nick Licata on May 19, it relies on an employee head tax—that is, a tax that business owners would pay on each employee—and on commercial parking taxes. The question is: Will this idea have legs with the rest of the council? Because two members with a good idea does not make a majority. ANSEL HERZ

STRIKING FOR $15 On May 15, Seattle fast-food workers walked off the job in the sort of coordinated, rolling strike that's become familiar around here. And this time, they weren't alone: Fast-food workers across the globe were engaged in similar protests, from Tokyo to Auckland to New York City. In Seattle, where for the first time Target workers joined in, it was a reminder of just how far we've come in a remarkably short time. The latest action came just one year after Seattle's first fast-food strikers walked off the job in May 2013 demanding a $15 wage. Today, one year later, that demand is reflected in legislation before our city council. Meanwhile, across the lake in Redmond, Microsoft hosted its annual CEO summit, where some of the most powerful kajillionaire CEOs in the country—including Amazon's Jeff Bezos, General Electric's Jeff Immelt, Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett, and JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon—met to discuss such topics as "Winning with Disruption" and "unexpected exogenous events." Hey, do striking workers count? ANNA MINARD

BIG LEGISLATION NEWS Two big deals at city hall in one day: First, on May 15, Mayor Murray finally transmitted his $15-minimum-wage bill to the city council, about a week after it was scheduled to arrive. That same day, the mayor and city council president Tim Burgess announced a universal pre-K plan. A bit less than universal, it'll cover fewer than 300 kids with sliding-scale tuition the first year, 2015, but expand to 2,000 by 2018. Then, hopefully, in 20 years, every interested 3- and 4-year-old Seattleite, regardless of income, will be able to join. (Oh, and that very same day, 15 Now started signature-gathering for their minimum-wage ballot measure. It'll ramp up faster and have fewer exceptions than the mayor's bill.) ANNA MINARD recommended