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June 22, 2012 at 6:10 AM

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Friday wrap: Vote on the arena?; Attorney general poll; Pearl Jam tickets and Montana Senate race

Happy summertime Friday, all:

The question of the week, if you think about it, was posed by King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer: Should we have a public vote on the proposed new basketball/hockey arena? Von Reichbauer says yes.

Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata also mentioned the idea of a public vote but is not pursuing it. The bulk of the City Council is ready to make the decision, yay or nay, on its own. The County Council is not so definitive; a public vote advanced by the county is a possibility.

So today's question is: What do you think? Should city and county residents vote on the arena? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Beginning shortly, the Politics Northwest blog will feature a question of the week. You can join the discussion as an expert/ thoughtful commenter by filling out the form here.

The Elway Poll has been cranking out early-in-the-season poll results all week A final installment of the poll shows the attorney general's race essentially tied. Democrat Bob Ferguson has 28 percent support while Republican Reagan Dunn has 26 percent. The biggest winner: undecided, 42 percent.

The poll was conducted June 13-16 among 408 registered voters statewide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

Montana Sen. John Tester is offering Pearl Jam tickets to anyone who can find his Republican opponent, Reo. Denny Rehberg, Saturday evening. Rehberg turned down a Sunday morning debate, because he did not receive an invitation. Tester, obviously having a little fun, is trying to learn what is keeping his opponent so busy Saturday night that he cannot manage the now-canceled debate. Pearl Jam tickets for the the lucky Montanan who locates Rehberg.

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