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Category: State legislative races
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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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: 2014 elections, andy hill, Matt Isenhower

October 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

California billionaire pours $250K more into his Wash. climate PAC

OLYMPIA — Billionaire California environmentalist Tom Steyer has donated $250,000 more to a political action committee he has formed in Washington state. The $250,000 donation to NextGen Climate Action Committee was made on Friday, but didn’t post online with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission until Monday. Steyer had already given $1 million to the committee. Last month,…

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October 8, 2014 at 5:45 PM

Democrat-turned-Republican touts endorsements — from Democrats

Democrat-turned-Republican Mark Miloscia is touting his new endorsements — from Democrats. Miloscia was a longtime Democratic member of the state House who announced a switch in parties when he began a bid as a Republican for state Senate this year in District 30, which includes parts of King and Pierce counties. Now, Miloscia has made a webpage featuring a slew of endorsements by Democrats. But…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races | Topics: brian sonntag, mark miloscia, Shari Song

October 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Enviros draw green bullseye on state Sen. Doug Ericksen

Updated with comment from Ericksen. Washington’s largest environmental group is leaving no doubt as to their top villain in this year’s legislative elections, drawing a big green bullseye on the back of Ferndale Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen. At a Washington Conservation Voters breakfast Friday, headlined by Gov. Jay Inslee, environmentalists booed and hissed as Ericksen’s visage…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: climate change, gov. jay inslee, State Sen. Doug Ericksen

September 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Climate activist money, NRA endorsement, new I-594 ads: Your week in review

Some tidbits from the week. To wit: 1. Climate activist fuels fight to switch control of state Senate. 2. Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant tries, fails to flatten the city’s light rates for residents. 3. Nick Hanauer, advocate for $15/hour minimum wage, speaks in Eastern Washington (Addy Hatch/SR). 4. NRA endorses Dan Newhouse in Fourth Congressional District; Didier asks…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, Education, Gun initiative, State legislative races, U.S. House of Representatives | Topics: week in review

September 26, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Inslee appoints temporary replacement for Rep. Mike Hope

What does it feel like to be a lawmaker for two months when the Legislature is out of session and the political parties are both out campaigning in advance of an election? Retired Navy Capt. Doug Roulstone is about to find out. Gov. Jay Inslee Friday appointed Roulstone to fill the vacant state House seat from Snohomish County’s 44th Legislative District, according…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Governor, State legislative races | Topics: Jay Inslee, Mike Hope

September 25, 2014 at 7:02 AM

Secretary of State predicts 62 percent voter turnout

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman has given her crystal-ball number for this year’s general election turnout: 62 percent. It’s a lower figure than the actual turnout for the last two mid-terms — 2010 had 71 percent and 2006 had 65 percent, according to a Secretary of State blog on Wyman’s prediction. But both of those years had U.S….

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Secretary of State, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 elections, Kim Wyman

September 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Steyer group will target state Sen. Andy Hill in 45th District race

California billionaire and climate activist Tom Steyer’s political organization has revealed some details of its plans to influence Pacific Northwest legislative contests. NextGen Climate will back Democrats in two key state Senate races in Washington: Matt Isenhower, who is challenging state Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond in the 45th Legislative District, and Tami Green, challenging state…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: andy hill, Matt Isenhower, NextGen Climate

September 22, 2014 at 5:25 PM

California billionaire Tom Steyer drops $1 million on WA elections

California billionaire Tom Steyer California billionaire Tom Steyer — a climate activist and political ally of Gov. Jay Inslee — has entered Washington state’s 2014 elections in a big way, sending $1 million here in an expected effort to help Democrats take control of the state Senate. Steyer donated $1 million last week to NextGen Climate Action’s…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: 2014 Legislative races, climate change, Jay Inslee

September 5, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Realtors group backs state Sen. Andy Hill with $80,000 ad effort

The National Association of Realtors has joined the battle for control of the Washington State Senate with an $80,000 independent expenditure on behalf of state Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond. The money — one of the first big independent expenditures of the general election season — is buying TV ads that praise Hill, the chief…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Politics Northwest, State legislative races | Topics: Matt Isenhower, Realtors, State Sen. Andy Hill

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