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November 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Republican Jan Angel maintained her lead over state Sen. Nathan Schlicher in updated vote totals released Wednesday afternoon.
Angel led by about 1,200 votes after Wednesday’s count, up from a roughly 800-vote lead in Tuesday’s returns.
That translates to a 52-48 percent race.
The special election in the 26th District, which straddles Pierce and Kitsap counties, was the most expensive state Senate race ever. It is seen as important to the makeup of the state Senate, which is currently controlled by a majority coalition of 23 Republicans and two Democrats.
In the minority are 24 Democrats, including Schlicher, who was appointed to fill the seat of now-U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer.
January 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON — One ugly painting. Three recipients.
A congressional tradition observed by members of Washington’s delegation took an unusual turn this year when a painting of a just-hatched chick was passed to the state’s newest member of Congress — and rotated among the state’s three House freshmen.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas, who took possession of the artwork when she arrived in Congress in 2011, bestowed it Wednesday — briefly — to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene of Medina.
DelBene was elected to fill the 1st District seat vacated by the new Gov. Jay Inslee. But because Inslee resigned before his term was up, DelBene was seated shortly after the November elections — a month before the rest of the freshmen class.
DelBene immediately handed the painting off to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor. Kilmer was elected to the 6th District seat vacated by Rep. Norm Dicks, who retired this year.
Kilmer got dibs on the painting before fellow freshman Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia; he represents the newly-created 10th District. That’s because Kilmer’s victory margin of 59 percent just edged out Heck’s 58.6 percent. Heck will get the painting next year.
Kilmer, according to a spokesman, said: “The painting has been in Congress longer than I’ve been alive. … I intend to hang it next to my life-sized poster of Russell Wilson as both have been described as too young and too short to succeed.”
Former U.S. Rep. Joel Pritchard bought the picture in 1972 for either 50 bucks or 50 cents. Dicks received in when he got to Congress in 1977, and all the subsequent House freshmen have hung — or hid — the artwork in their office.
July 25, 2012 at 6:10 AM
We go now to the contest between political ads, particularly in the Washington governor’s race. Pollster Stuart Elway this week presented poll results that show Democrat Jay Inslee beating Republican Rob McKenna for the first time since the campaign began. One possibility is that his poll showing Inslee with 43 percent to McKenna’s 36 percent is an outlier poll. Or, the results could be, as pollster Elway surmises, due in part to the fact that Inslee had his ad up on TV earlier than McKenna did. A lot of people liked the first Inslee ad. The first McKenna ad went up on the air Tuesday.
You be the judge. Which ad do you like better?
Or Rob McKenna’s?
Inslee has a second ad up on the air; McKenna does not. By the way, does your view on which ad is better mesh with your intentions to vote for one candidate or the other?
In other video and ad news, King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson, Democratic candidate for attorney general, is in a bit of a tiff with TVW for a Web ad he is running that uses — TVW says misuses — footage from an earlier TVW debate. The video captures the debate from the debate about attendance records at the County Council. So why is Ferguson still using the video? His campaign manager, Mike Webb, says the campaign is looking at various options other than the TVW footage, but for now the Web video remains.
In the 6th Congressional District down, which covers the Olympic Peninsula, state Sen. Derek Kilmer has taken to the airwaves with his new ad. His chief Republican opponent Bill Driscoll has been up on the air for a while. The Kilmer ad has the same title as the first McKenna ad, “Family,” which tends to resonate.
July 2, 2012 at 6:10 AM
We all know Washington’s gubernatorial race is close, at least according to the polls. Politico goes a step further and calls it the hottest gubernatorial race in the country.
I have to give it to my KUOW-FM radio compadre, Eli Sanders of The Stranger, for asking a really good question about how Washington voters elect judges for the state Supreme Court. At issue in this piece is state Supreme Court Justice Steven Gonzalez, whose Hispanic surname may, Sanders writes, determine the outcome of the upcoming election.
If that happened, it would not be the first time Washington voters have elected a judge seemingly based on the name of the candidates.
Years ago, a little known lawyer, Charles Johnson, surprised himself and just about everyone else when he won a seat on the Supreme Court, defeating the incumbent, Keith Callow, a name which could be a problem. Johnson turned out to be well thought of, but his election was curious at the time.
For the first time in a very long time, American cities are growing faster than the surrounding suburbs. Young people are driving much of the change. The finding has considerable implications for transportation, density, urban planning and zoning. Some cities, Seattle included, actively promote the virtues of “walkable urbanism” and city living.
New candidates have a challenge. They need to introduce themselves to voters before the campaign season progresses too far.
Bill Driscoll, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 6th Congressional District, is doing just that. His campaign announced its first TV ad of the season. The ad portrays him as a political outsider willing to go to Congress to fix things.
Driscoll, a descendent of timber company founder Frederick Weyerhaeuser, is running against four other Republicans to replace longtime Democratic Congressmember Norm Dicks, who is retiring. The Democrat in the race is state Sen. Derek Kilmer. of Gig Harbor.
Driscoll is putting significant amounts of his own money into the race.
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