State Democrats weather the Philadelphia storm

State Democrats weather the Philadelphia storm

It would be tempting for both Democrats and Republicans to gloat about turmoil within their opponents’ party.  But this year, neither would dare. Strangely enough, Democratic and Republican delegates from Washington state shared a similar life experience this month.  They both endured grueling trips to their respective east-coast conventions, driven largely by fear of the other party’s nominee.  And in the [...]

July 31, 2016 at 1:25 pm Comments are Disabled

Republicans return from Cleveland still seeking unity

Republicans return from Cleveland still seeking unity

Tacoma Pastor Rick Fritz went to Cleveland as a Republican delegate, hoping he could embrace the party’s nominee.  But after four days, and watching Donald Trump’s speech from the convention floor, he left still struggling with his decision.   “I’ve got three-and-a-half months to figure that out,” Fritz said.  “I still have some character concerns.”   Washington’s delegation, made up [...]

July 24, 2016 at 2:11 pm Comments are Disabled

The end.

The end.
July 5, 2016 at 4:38 pm Comments are Disabled

Can Democrats unite?

Can Democrats unite?

As Democrats gathered for their state convention this weekend, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee both figured the easiest path to unify their party was to talk about Donald Trump. “Donald Trump, a potential president.  Let that sink in for just a minute,” Murray told the crowd at the opening dinner. Sanders swept the state’s March caucuses, which [...]

June 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm Comments are Disabled

Republican decision time: On board the Trump train?

Republican decision time:  On board the Trump train?

As Republicans gather in Pasco for their state convention, many of them have to decide whether to get on board the Trump train.  Conventions attract the party faithful and most of the grass roots has organized behind Ted Cruz.  While party leaders are urging unity, Cruz supporters edged out Trump backers in a fight for delegates to the national convention.  [...]

May 21, 2016 at 12:19 am Comments are Disabled

Sanders sweeps caucuses

Sanders sweeps caucuses

Five quick takeaways as Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic caucus in Washington state.

March 26, 2016 at 5:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Republicans: We did what the citizens would want us to do

Republicans: We did what the citizens would want us to do

Responding to criticism from Gov. Jay Inslee that Republicans ambushed his Transportation Secretary, Senate transportation chair Curtis King explains why Republicans ousted Secretary Lynn Peterson.  In this video interview, King says there wasn’t any one issue that led to her removal.  King also believes Inslee would only have defended Peterson if Republicans had given any earlier warning that her confirmation was in jeopardy.

February 11, 2016 at 10:49 am Comments are Disabled

Governor slams Republicans for “political hatchet job”

Governor slams Republicans for “political hatchet job”

Governor Jay Inslee harshly criticized Republicans after the state Senate ousted his Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.  On the floor, Republicans expressed frustration over Peterson’s handling of a variety issues from 520 to the Alaskan Way tunnel to tolling on 405.  But Inslee called the rejection of Peterson as an “ambush” and said senators had never indicated to him or Peterson that [...]

February 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm Comments are Disabled

Will lawmakers resort to subpoena power?

Will lawmakers resort to subpoena power?

Summary:  Senate Republicans say they could resort to the legislature’s subpoena power if they don’t have confidence in the governor’s investigation of mistakes at the state Department of Corrections.  Governor Jay Inslee has named two former federal prosecutors to examine how the Department continued releasing prisoners early over 13 years.  Republicans expressed skepticism in the independence of the governor’s investigation, given the department falls under the [...]

January 13, 2016 at 12:12 am Comments are Disabled

Will prison mistake have political consequences?

Will prison mistake have political consequences?

Summary:  With the election just about 10 months away, Governor Jay Inslee takes the offensive responding to revelations of serious errors at the Department of Corrections that allowed prisoners to get out early.  As lawmakers return to Olympia for the 2016 session, one of the first public hearings will put a spotlight on who knew what and when.  In this video, we [...]

January 10, 2016 at 8:58 pm Comments are Disabled