Stung by assertions from some quarters that Republicans “won” the 2015 legislative session, Gov. Jay Inslee dismissed Monday any notion his administration is on the ropes, saying he “wrestled Republicans to the ground.” Inslee said that a couple high-profile defeats — as well as a recent Elway poll that found just 30 percent of voters saying they would “definitely” vote for him in 2016 — contributed to the perception that his administration was foundering.
Speaking Saturday night before an estimated 12,000 people at the University of Washington’s basketball arena, the Vermont senator addressed some of the issues behind the afternoon confrontation. The candidate drew an even bigger crowd Sunday night in Portland, Oregon, speaking at the home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers to an estimated 19,000 people inside, with thousands more listening on loudspeakers outside.
Seattle’s 2015 city council elections may be different. With the adoption of the hybrid district/at large system in 2013, seven of nine council seats will be decided by only one-seventh of the city’s population. Furthermore, with as many as nine candidates running in some districts, the votes are heavily divided. Suddenly, a few thousand votes could feasibly get a candidate to the General Election in the fall.