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Category: State legislative races
November 10, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Those three toss-up House races? All are now out of recount range

Last week, we wrote about gains the GOP was making in statehouse races this election cycle. At the time, three state House races were so close that it looked like they’d go to recount. It doesn’t look that way anymore. In votes counted as of late Monday afternoon, all three races have moved out of the recount…

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November 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Elections, elections, elections: your political week in review

You’re going to get lonely without all those politicians keeping you company with their TV ads. So bookmark this page. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Voters approve I-594, measure to expand checks for gun buyers, and defeat rival I-591. 2. Still a close race for I-1351 to decrease class sizes, though now it leads. 3….

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November 6, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Sen. Pam Roach survives again, with some union help

She’s the state’s longest-serving state senator, and at times the most controversial. But Auburn Republican Pam Roach has shown once again she’s a political survivor, winning a seventh term this week by beating back a challenge from a fellow Republican, two-term state Rep. Cathy Dahlquist of Enumclaw. As of Thursday, Roach had 53 percent…

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November 3, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Record independent expenditures flow to legislative races

Led by deep-pocketed environmentalist and business interests, a record amount of independent spending by Democratic and Republican allies is pouring into Washington’s legislative races. As of Monday, independent political committees had spent more than $7.7 million on 2014 legislative contests — up from $5.9 million in 2012, $3.9 million in 2008, and $2.1 million in…

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November 3, 2014 at 2:31 PM

The money trail: How a billionaire spread his wealth in state Senate races

Last month, we reported on how California billionaire Tom Steyer was getting some of the $1.25 million he’s spent on legislative races in Washington state into the District 45 race between GOP Sen. Andy Hill and Democrat Matt Isenhower. As you can see in the graphic above — click on it for a clearer view —…

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November 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The hot mess of election eve and a death in the House: your political week in review

It was a busy week in the politics world. Campaigns scrapped with each other and begged, cajoled and harrassed voters to turn in their ballots ahead of next Tuesday’s election deadline. We also had a death, future campaign prospects and an interesting look into lobbying at the state Attorney General’s Office. Here’s how it went: 1. Stoned-driving accusation…

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October 31, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Allegations of prejudice in two state Senate campaigns

In a pair of contested state Senate campaigns, allegations are being made over anti-Catholic prejudice and the way one senator has characterized his opponent’s door-belling volunteers. Let’s start with the latter. Fuse Washington released a recording Friday morning that purports to capture Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, on audio at a King County GOP dinner on Oct. 18 disparaging…

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October 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

GOP cries foul over mailers targeting state Sen. Andy Hill

The Republican Senate Campaign Committee is disputing an assertion made in mailers opposing state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. Hill is facing Democrat Matt Isenhower in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate after election day. Brent Ludeman, executive director for the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, says a mailer by Washington Conservation…

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October 20, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Ethics board clears state Sen. Pam Roach in free trip abroad

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A recent opinion by a legislative ethics board clears Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of ethics violations for all-expenses-paid trips in 2013 to Turkey and Azerbaijan. The board’s ruling, released Sunday, appears to give lawmakers more leeway to accept free trips, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday. State law allows officials…

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October 14, 2014 at 6:20 PM

How a California billionaire gets his money into a Washington Senate campaign

In late September, political reporter Jim Brunner wrote about how California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer had decided to drop $1 million into Washington state’s elections to help Democrats regain control of the state Senate. One of ways the Steyer money is being used is to try to unseat Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th…

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