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May 25, 2012 at 6:15 AM

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Friday politics: "We got Pflug-ed"; NPR v. FOX; Pride Parade fees for pols

Happy Friday, all.

Republican legislators are steamed at state Sen. Cheryl Pflug, R-Maple Valley, for her decision to leave the Legislature and take a lucrative job with the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board. She did so after filing for re-election last week and then removing her name Monday -- and after becoming one of four Republicans in the Senate to vote for gay marriage.

"We got Pflug-ed,'' quipped Kirby Wilbur, state Republican Party chairman, who has been hoping his party might take control of the state Senate.

Republicans are outraged at what they consider a deal with the governor to award Pflug the $92,500-a-year growth management spot in exchange for her vote on gay marriage and willingness to vacate her seat at the last minute, leaving the GOP with an unknown candidate.

Pflug came out swinging against the allegations. She announced her support for the gay marriage law in early January, but says she had been in favor of gay rights for several years.

Pflug wrote an email to a friend/acquaintance in Olympia in very succinct terms and forwarded it to me: "The law required the governor to appoint a Republican to that opening, which I am whether I Kow-tow to every jot and tittle of doctrinal idiocy or not. I applied for the position online, along with many others -- including two other sitting Republican senators. I have completed my law degree and am a well-qualified applicant for this position, which fits well with a long and dedicated history of public service in a district that straddles the Urban Growth Line (meaning that these are familiar issues)."

Pflug has been studying law at Seattle University for three years. In other words, she was planning to do something new, either while in the Legislature or upon leaving.

The governor's office confirmed that a Republican was required to be appointed and denied any sort of deal.

Today's question. Is NPR feeding us smart stuff while FOX serves up weak info?

A survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University says yes.

For example, according to the chart below, NPR listeners answered correctly on domestic-topic questions more than those who watched FOX.


More on the jump.

Dominic Holden of The Stranger says politicians have to pay a fair amount to march in this year's Pride Parade. A quotable excerpt from "The Slog":

"In case you haven't heard, the organizers of Seattle's gay pride parade have announced that any elected official, politician, or political organization must pay $1,200 to march in the parade this year, while businesses need only shell out $700. That is to say, Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) thinks that the people and groups in the trenches of passing and upholding marriage equality should pay $500 more than some random, for-profit business using the parade as a billboard.''

The parade has been charging elected officials, political candidates and political organizations marching fees for several years, but this year's price has jumped significantly, almost double the amount charged last year.

As with other nonprofits, donations are down, explained Adam Rosencrantz with Seattle Out and Proud, the group producing the June 24 parade.

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