With Democrats and Republicans swapping claims that each side is resorting to dirty tricks as the days tick down to Nov. 4, allegations are flying through some of the most hotly contested Senate districts. Here’s a roundup of some of the major developments on Thursday:
As is often the case, some of the most heated debates in this year’s election cycle seem to be centered on classrooms and education reform. Chief among them is Initiative 1351, a call for reduced class sizes that if passed, would add 25,561 new teachers and non-teaching support staff to the public school system’s payroll.
Election mailers from a national Democratic group targeting Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, drew a stern rebuke from the state Republican Party on Tuesday, with party leaders charging that the mailers were illegally issued because the group hasn’t filed as a political committee, and hasn’t divulged who’s funding them.
Republicans are crying foul over a trio of independently funded campaign mailers that have hit mailboxes in the 35th District painting Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, as having decidedly liberal positions on federal health care and immigration reform.
Sen. Doug Ericksen’s legislative career was at a crossroads two years ago following the 2012 election cycle. Ericksen, a Republican from Ferndale, was midway through his first term in the Senate after serving since 1998 in the House.
Every lawmaker has a story to tell about his or her political awakening – of the cause that needed championing, of an issue stuck too long on the Legislature’s backburner, or a system failing those it was set up to serve. It’s an oft-cited element of stump speeches, and a vital crutch in a business […]
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.