Coalition Caucus Boosted Sen. Ericksen’s Profile in the Legislature

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.

Sharon Nelson: A Local Fight Leads to Top Senate Caucus Post

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 […]

Four State Supreme Court Justices Face Little Competition in Races

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.

Democrats’ Senate Hopes Ride on a Former Bellingham Council Member

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.

Election ‘14: The Tale of Two Gun Initiatives

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.

Tom Steyer-Funded PAC Spends Money to Help Tami Green Defeat Steve O’Ban

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.