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And after you get a refill…

-- The latest edition of the Building Industry Association of Washington's newsletter is dedicated largely to Sen. Brian Weinstein, D-Mercer Island, and the builders' victory over a Weinstein bill that would have made it far more easy to sue builders and contractors.

The builders mention Weinstein no less than 33 times, plus include a photo of his home. The condensed version:

"vitriolic assault...builder-hating bill...disastrous legislation...a campaign of lies...wild claims...untruthful claim..."

By comparison, the Earth Liberation Front -- which burned down several brand-new homes -- got 26 mentions ("terrorists" also got 13). Gov. Chris Gregoire got 7 mentions; Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi got 13.

(Also meriting some love from the group was "the media," which drew 13 mentions for coverage of Weinstein's bill. Again, the condensed version:

"busy cozying up to...fawning over...enabling...his mouthpiece...idolized...woefully misinformed...intent on ignoring the facts."

The group's president, Spokane's Brad Spears, called the defeat of Weinstein's SB 6385 "one of BIAWs biggest successes of all time."

-- Trouble brewing in the upcoming Democratic caucuses? The Seattle Weekly's Aimee Curl discusses the potential for delegate challenges:

Some of the delegates and alternates selected in February to participate in the next stage of the process, the legislative district caucuses, aren't even registered to vote, while others were elected as delegates in the wrong precinct.

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.