Over the last 30 years, the Republican Party in Washington state has entered a two-year budget biennium with one of its own as the Senate’s chief budget writer exactly five times.
Round Up: Washington Daily Newspaper Editorial Boards So Far All Reject Initiative 1351, the ‘Class-Size Reduction’ Initiative
Though a recent poll suggests Washington state voters seem poised to approve Initiative 1351, the state’s newspaper editorial boards are so far all thumbs down.
Four state Supreme Court justices are asking voters to return them to the bench on the November ballot, but two have no opponents and the other two face nominal opposition. The nonpartisan court races are mostly noteworthy because they have not generated the spirited campaigns and fundraising seen over the past several years.
Three to seven of the Senate’s 49 seats could be realistically considered in play in November, with the 42nd being less tight than some of the other six. On paper, Democrats believe, Fleetwood of Bellingham has a good chance of upsetting Ericksen, R-Ferndale. But right now, the odds favor Ericksen.
The diametrically opposed measures might confuse Washington voters. If they both pass, they will definitely test the state Supreme Court. If, as some early polling has suggested, both I-591 and I-594 pass on the first Tuesday of next month, it will set up a scenario never before seen in Washington: two completely contradictory initiatives approved by voters at the same time.
At least $197,000 from Washington Conservation Voters landed in the race between O’Ban and Rep. Tami Green on Friday, the same day Steyer’s committee finished making a $750,000 gift to Conservation Voters. Just behind the WEA, Conservation Voters and Steyer PACs in financing is the Good Government Leadership Council, the group supporting O’Ban and attacking Green.
Initiative 1351, a measure on the November ballot to increase school staffing and decrease class sizes of students, has a 42-point lead in a new Elway Poll released this morning. In the poll, 66 percent of those surveyed said they favored the measure, which would cost the state about $5 billion over the next few years.
Sen. Nelson offers this assessment: “I tell you what’s at stake: truly funding education in order to follow the mandate of the state Supreme Court, getting a transportation package, and making sure a woman’s reproductive rights are not jeopardized.” Still, the political winds are not at the Democrats’ back.
The latest Elway Poll show support for Initiative 594 has slipped – but 60 percent of Washington voters still favor its expansion of gun background checks. A similar poll in July found that 70 percent of voters supported I-594.