August primary surprise: Jean Godden behind

August primary surprise: Jean Godden behind

In the early results of the August primary to determine which two candidates advance to the November election, long-time Seattle City Council member Jean Godden is in third place.  See her election-night reaction, plus comments from the top two finishers in the new district 4, Rob Johnson and Michael Maddux. In the first returns, Godden was 148 votes behind Maddux: Rob [...]

August 4, 2015 at 11:31 pm Comments are Disabled

It’s (finally) over: Who got what in final state budget?

It’s (finally) over: Who got what in final state budget?

After three special sessions, state lawmakers finally head home.  So what did they do?  Did lawmakers accomplish on enough on education to satisfy the State Supreme Court?  From teacher salaries to the gas tax, we look at the final compromise with Democratic political and public affairs consultant Sandeep Kaushik and Paul Guppy of the Washington Policy Center.  Reaction from Rep. [...]

July 12, 2015 at 12:59 am Comments are Disabled

Meet eight Seattle City Council hopefuls

Meet eight Seattle City Council hopefuls

From an applicant pool of 43, the Seattle City Council has now narrowed the field to eight finalists.  One of them will be appointed to fill the vacancy left by Sally Clark.  All eight finalists were given three minutes to make a presentation to the City Council.  Watch these raw presentations from Jan Drago, Noel Frame, Sharon Lee, Sharon Maeda, [...]

April 26, 2015 at 11:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Inslee to reporter: Let’s go out in the alleyway

Inslee to reporter:  Let’s go out in the alleyway

In this raw video, Gov. Jay Inslee defends his response to the crisis in the State Auditor’s office, where fellow Democrat Troy Kelley has been the subject of a federal criminal investigation. Inslee would not join calls for Kelley’s resignation and when asked by reporters, Inslee insisted his involvement has been appropriate. When pressed why he hadn’t demanded a meeting [...]

April 16, 2015 at 9:22 am Comments are Disabled

New poll: Voters have their own ideas on state budget

New poll: Voters have their own ideas on state budget

On one thing, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree:  They’re not prepared to fully-fund the class-size initiative voters just passed in November.  But in this video, pollster Stu Elway talks about his latest research, finding that voters don’t want the initiative watered-down.  The Elway Poll of statewide voters also finds that if legislators put the initiative back on the ballot, voters [...]

April 13, 2015 at 11:34 pm Comments are Disabled

Democrats: No to carbon tax, yes to capital gains tax

Democrats:  No to carbon tax, yes to capital gains tax

House Democrats have abandoned Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal for a new carbon pollution tax. In this video report, Democrats unveiled their own budget which includes a higher B&O tax on service businesses, and relies on several of Inslee’s ideas such as a tax on capital gains and bottled water. Democrats would use the extra revenue to fund smaller class sizes, cost-of-living [...]

March 28, 2015 at 1:04 pm Comments are Disabled

Why you may not get a vote on Presidential nominees

Why you may not get a vote on Presidential nominees

In this video update, the idea of resurrecting a Washington presidential primary next March is getting a cool reception from Democrats. After passing the Republican-controlled state senate, the bill is running into opposition in the state House, where Democrats say their national party rules prohibit them from using both a primary and a caucus to select delegates to their national [...]

March 15, 2015 at 5:58 pm Comments are Disabled

Senate passes gas tax plan: What’s next?

Senate passes gas tax plan:  What’s next?

State senators pass a $15 billion transportation plan, funding projects from 520 to 405 to Spokane’ North-South Freeway with a 11.7 cent hike in the gas tax. But not everyone’s on board with what’s included in the package. Now, the Republican-controlled Senate sends its transportation package over to the Democratically-controlled House.  Crosscut’s John Stang analyzes what could be next. Just before the [...]

March 3, 2015 at 10:32 am Comments are Disabled

Wyman: Bring back the presidential primary

Wyman:  Bring back the presidential primary

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants to resurrect the Washington State Presidential Primary. In 2012, state lawmakers cancelled the Presidential Primary to save money in a budget crunch. Wyman estimates the primary would cost $11.5 million, but she says come spring next year, voters will expect to participate. Political parties have used caucuses to select most of their delegates [...]

February 18, 2015 at 10:20 am Comments are Disabled

Historic move: Will you be asked to vote again on I-1351?

Historic move:  Will you be asked to vote again on I-1351?

Just three months after voters approved Initiative 1351 calling for smaller class sizes, lawmakers are thinking about sending the initiative back to voters–what would be a historic move. I-1351 passed in November with 51% of the vote.  State Senator Steve Litzow (R-Mercer Island) calls the initiative “irresponsible” because it directed smaller class sizes in K-12, but did not provide any [...]

February 17, 2015 at 10:33 am Comments are Disabled