• Parks department officials say that Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill will host a 40-by-80-foot outdoor ice-skating rink beginning on December 6.
• Roughly 21,000 voters who used the Washington State Department of Licensing website to update their addresses may not have received their ballots, according to an announcement from the Office of the Secretary of State sent the day before ballots were due. Whoops!
• According to sources familiar with the situation, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes "can't figure out how to use a fucking iPhone and somehow created eight entries for council president Richard Conlin in his contacts."
• The director of a HUMP! film wanted to correct our reporting that his movie featured a lesbian fellating a strap-on dildo (attached to another lesbian) through the hole in a sprinkled doughnut. He didn't refute the dildo or doughnut, but said, "Both of the main actors in the film are trans... Nothing against lesbians, of course."
• Where's the wealth gap? "The typical US household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35," the Associated Press reported last Saturday. The figure was based on the latest census data.
• At a campaign kickoff breakfast on November 8, Republican gubernatorial wannabe Rob McKenna reiterated his promise to create jobs and spend billions more on education, largely by cutting state jobs, the majority of which are in, um, education: "We can create jobs, we can educate our children to fill those jobs, and we can reform state government to pay for all of this." Shorter McKenna: Ax and spend!
• Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner can't spot a joke.
• KOMO's John Carlson claimed last week that the Seattle School District "added to the K–12 budget every year, even during the recession." In fact, the school district's general-fund cost per student has declined for the last three school years, from $12,127 to $11,761, says district spokeswoman Teresa Wippel.
• At a banquet last week, House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43) avoided addressing three detailed UW student proposals (which he admittedly didn't read) that sought to preserve education funding—instead he gave a condescending motivational speech, telling the already-organized students to "get organized." One student said he's heard Chopp give that same speech "three times before."
This article has been updated since its original publication.