The Obama years have been politically good for Mr. Obama; they have been disastrous for his party. In the last two decades the Democratic Party has moved substantially further to the left than the Republican Party has shifted to the right. Republicans control 68 of 98 state legislative chambers and the most state legislative seats since the 1920s.
In his campaign video, Bryant emphasized his Washington roots and his interest in education, jobs and the environment, saying he wants to ease the tax burden on the middle class and leave Puget Sound cleaner than he found it. Bryant was born in Lewis County and grew up on Hood Canal and in Olympia. He studied trade at Georgetown University. In 1992 he moved to Seattle and founded a company dedicated to opening foreign markets in Europe and Asia for Washington farmers.
Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law. We looked at six big issues.
In a widely discussed paper Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster noted that “one of the most important trends in American politics over the past several decades has been the rise of negative partisanship in the electorate.” It occurs, they write, when “supporters of each party perceive supporters of the opposing party as very different from themselves in terms of their social characteristics and fundamental values.”
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is bankrolling an initiative for the fall ballot that would make it a crime in Washington to sell or trade elephant ivory, shark fins and other animal parts derived from certain exotic, endangered creatures. Initiative 1401 would cover 10 species threatened with extinction in part due to the market for their body parts.
If Kelley’s position becomes vacant before May 11, whomever the governor appoints to replace Kelley will serve until November 2015, when a special election will be held to decide who will serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If the position becomes vacant on May 11 or afterward, Gov. Jay Inslee’s appointee will serve through November 2016, when the office would normally be up for re-election.