A Look at the 2015 Legislature: Fresh Faces, Old Battle Lines

In the view of Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler, Washington voters sent a simple message in last week’s election as they gave his party full control of the upper chamber — stay the course.

Undaunted Inslee: Election Losses Won’t Derail Climate Agenda

If Tuesday’s election losses for the Democratic Party in Washington state were a setback for Gov. Jay Inslee’s first-term environmental agenda, he wasn’t letting on during his first public post-election remarks at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

GOP Scores Sweeping Election Victories, Holds Washington Senate

In the races that mattered most, the Republican Party in Washington state and at the national level scored sweeping victories on Election Night Tuesday, as the party retained control of the State Senate here, and regained control of the U.S. Senate.

All the Election News That’s Fit to Analyze

Election Day has arrived, and we here at the Wire wanted to give you a rundown of the major story lines heading up to the release of the results tonight at 8 p.m. We also want to recap how this election cycle has played out, and to offer suggestions on where to go and how […]

Election Allegations Du Jour: Oct. 30

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:

Critics of Class-Size Initiative Say it’s Like Voting for ‘Puppies and Apple Pie’

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.

Senate Republicans Call for Formal Investigations into Mailers Targeting Sen. Sheldon

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.

Mailers Prompt Outcry in 35th District Senate Race

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.

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.