Elections

A Primer on the Washington State Primary Ballot

Primary ballots will be mailed this week to Washington’s 4 million registered voters. The deadline to return your ballot is May 24. The only catch is your vote will be disregarded by the state Democratic Party.

A Guide to Washington’s Delegates: Your “Democracy” Explained

The Republicans will select their delegates May 18–21 at its state convention in Pasco without any idea whom the state Republican primary voters will support on May 24. Democrats have already had their precinct caucuses, which will result in a large contingent of pro-Bernie Sanders delegates being sent to the Democratic National Convention.

State Poll: Clinton, Sanders Both Lead GOP Field

Pollsters also asked the voters surveyed whether they plan to vote in the State May 24 presidential primary. The Washington Democratic Party will pay no attention, not a bit, to the results of the primary because it is selecting its pledged delegates through the caucus/convention system. The Republican Party will however because the vote for a nominee of the state’s delegates at the GOP national convention will be cast based on the primary vote.

Will a Tax on Olympia’s Richest Households Hold Up in Court?

Volunteer group Opportunity for Olympia is circulating a petition that calls for a 1.5 percent tax on any household income in excess of $200,000. The petition needs 4,702 valid signatures from Olympia residents by June 16 to qualify for the November general election ballot.

Can Washington State Get Money Out of Politics?

This year voters in Washington could have their say on two initiatives that try to tackle corporate influence on government and elections. This first, Initiative 735, is a legislative moonshot, aiming at the Citizens United ruling itself. The other proposed initiative, Initiative 1464, tackles the reality that moneyed interests don’t just fund SuperPACs.

In Defense of the GOP

The old system steered toward moderation because it was run mostly by local and state officials who had won general elections and then had to govern. Today, delegates are chosen by primary voters, a much smaller, narrower and more extreme slice of the country. It is ironic that the old smoke-filled rooms were in some sense more representative of the general voter than the open primaries of today. The old parties drew their strength from neighborhood organizations, churches, unions and local business groups. The new parties are really just Rolodexes of Washington professionals.

Hey, Democrats, Stop Gloating — Your Party Is Imploding Right Before Your Eyes, Too

The enduring lesson of Campaign 2016 for Democrats is that the center cannot hold. Over the past two weeks, it’s become increasingly obvious that grassroots liberals are thoroughly disgusted by their own party establishment. The Republicans no doubt face a brutal convention, in which they must either nominate an unpopular candidate or incur the wrath of the masses by handpicking an establishment figure. But the Democrats already face a kind of inverse dilemma.

Campaign Finance Trial Delayed, Pro-GMO Group Sanctioned

Thurston County Superior Court Anne Hirsch previously ruled the Grocery Manufacturers Association broke state law when it contributed some $11 million to a 2013 campaign against the statewide initiative to require labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms.