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

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

Election 2015: What’s the message from voters?

Election 2015:  What’s the message from voters?

An election wrap-up of ballot measures and candidates with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Crosscut city reporter David Kroman and Washington Policy Center’s Paul Guppy.  What message were voters sending?

November 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm Comments are Disabled

Seattle City Council: The race is on

Seattle City Council: The race is on

From dozens of candidates, the August primary narrowed the field for Seattle City Council.  Now, Crosscut’s Knute Berger and David Kroman give their take on the primary results (including the surprising defeat of incumbent Jean Godden), and the match-ups for November.

August 8, 2015 at 12:21 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

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

Clibborn: Contractors will finish “or never get another job”

Clibborn: Contractors will finish “or never get another job”

Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), chair of the House Transportation Committee, says she’s confident the Seattle tunnel project will be completed, because she says if it fails, the contractors ”will never get another job in the world.” In a wide-ranging interview, Clibborn also expressed confidence that lawmakers will come up with a transportation package this year. While the Governor is now proposing a carbon [...]

January 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm Comments are Disabled

Olympia forecast? High chance of gridlock

Olympia forecast?  High chance of gridlock

After watching the first week of the 2015 legislative session, Crosscut columnist Knute Berger and Republican consultant Chris Vance predict high chance of gridlock. The governor’s State of the State speech is dominated by his proposal to create a carbon pollution charge. Gov. Jay Inslee does not mention the State Supreme Court ruling holding the legislature in contempt of court over [...]

January 17, 2015 at 12:56 pm Comments are Disabled

Inslee: Legislators should raise taxes without public vote

Inslee: Legislators should raise taxes without public vote

A new Elway poll suggests voters may be open to Governor Jay Inslee’s proposals to start a capital gains tax and a carbon pollution charge.  But the governor says, the legislature should enact the taxes without a public vote.  In this video interview, Gov. Inslee also says he’s confident lawmakers will see the need to increase taxes, and he addresses his campaign [...]

January 8, 2015 at 12:01 am 1 comment