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November 7, 2013 at 5:42 PM
State Sen. Nathan Schlicher has conceded his re-election, acknowledging that his Kitsap Peninsula seat will change from blue to red next year.
Schlicher, a Democrat appointed to the 26th District seat this year when Derek Kilmer joined Congress, said Thursday night that he realized he can’t win.
Updated vote totals showed Schlicher trailing Republican state Rep. Jan Angel by about 1,550 votes — more than 300 more than in Wednesday’s count.
The special election was the most expensive state Senate race ever.
Angel will be the 24th Republican in the Senate, alongside 25 Democrats. But two Democrats are caucusing with the GOP, giving them control.
Angel will add to that.
Schlicher said he has not decided what he will do next.
“I’m going to have a pizza, a beer and go to a movie my kids. That’s my plan,” he said.
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.
November 5, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Update at 8:40 p.m.
Early returns from Pierce and Kitsap counties showed GOP state Rep. Jan Angel and Democratic state Sen. Nathan Schlicher separated by only a few hundred votes. This race will take awhile to call.
Voters today will decide between state Rep. Jan Angel, a Republican, and state Sen. Nathan Schlicher, a Democrat, in a key race for the 26th District Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer’s old seat in the state Legislature.
Both parties view the seat as crucial to control of the Senate in the 2014 elections. Republicans, with the help of two Democrats who crossed party lines, control the Senate with a narrow 25-to-24 vote majority. They want to increase their buffer, while Democrats want to retain the seat hoping it will help them regain control next year.
More than $2.8 million flowed into the race, setting a new state record and fueling an intense advertising campaign.
October 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM
The race for the 26th District state Senate seat is looking like a campaign for Congress with more than $2.5 million flowing into the contest.
It’s a record for a state Senate seat, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.
Both parties view the seat, representing parts of Pierce and Kitsap counties, as a linchpin for control of the state Senate going into the 2014 elections.
State Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, who was first elected in 2008, has raised $624,000. Her Democratic opponent, state Sen. Nathan Schlicher, an emergency-room physician from Gig Harbor, has raised $472,000. Schlicher was appointed to the seat after Derek Kilmer was elected to Congress last year
But the real money in the race is found in the independent-expenditure campaigns.
A political action committee funded by a coalition of groups, including Fuse and Washington Conservation Voters, has raised around $1 million in cash and in-kind contributions. The She’s Changed PAC was created for the sole purpose of backing Schlicher.
Much of the PAC’s money came from California billionaire Thomas Steyer, founder of Farallon Capital Management.
Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action Committee has contributed $250,000 directly to the PAC and another $275,000 to Washington Conservation Voters, which turned around and put $150,000 into She’s Changed.
On the other side, the Good Government Leadership Council PAC has raised more than $500,000. State records indicated its expenditures have gone to back Angel. The group has gotten almost all of its money from a state Senate Republican caucus political action committee, state records show.
A business-funded PAC, People For Jobs Enterprise Washington, also is running an independent expenditure campaign backing Angel.
March 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM
OLYMPIA — The state Senate narrowly approved two contentious education policy bills Wednesday after a heated debate.
The bills, to give A-F letter grades to schools and to give principals a veto in teacher placements, are top Republican priorities but are strongly opposed by Democrats.
The letter grades passed 26-23, while the principal veto passed 27-22 — both largely along party lines. State Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, opposed the first bill but supported the second.
The bills, each sponsored by Senate education Chairman Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island, will now head to the Democrat-run House, where passage is far less likely.
Senate Bill 5328, the grading bill, is touted as a way to give parents more information and pressure schools to improve. Opponents view it as a dangerous oversimplification.
Senate Bill 5242, the teacher-placement bill, is meant to giving principals more power and prevent poor-performing teachers from being passed from school to school. Opponents say it would making arbitrary personnel moves easier.
Before the final vote, Democrats proposed several amendments to each bill. When those failed, they spoke repeatedly against the proposals.
“Giving letters makes great headlines,” said state Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, on the first bill. “It doesn’t actually make great policy.”
“What are we doing here?” asked state Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma, on the second bill. “What are we doing here? This is inbalancing the relationship between teachers and their supervisors.”
Echoing a Democratic refrain, Conway added he’s “not willing to support reform bills until we fund our schools.”
State Sen. Steve Hobbs, one of the four Democrats who voted for the bills, said policy changes and funding increases can be achieved.
Republicans said accountability for schools is key.
“We live in a country where anyone willing to work, anyone willing to make sacrifices, can rise from failure and achieve success,” said state Sen. John Smith, R-Colville. “And measuring that success is one of the most victorious and empowering things that a culture can do.”
More floor votes on education policy bills are expected this afternoon.
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