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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.
April 3, 2013 at 7:47 AM
Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray says the budget being released today by the GOP-led majority has input from Democrats, but he does not consider it bipartisan.
The majority caucus is expected to release its spending proposal at noon on Wednesday. Republicans have said they will meet state Supreme Court demands for more education funding and close a budget shortfall projected at more than $1 billion without increasing any taxes.
When announcing their plans on Tuesday night, Republicans called it a “bipartisan Senate operating budget proposal.”
The Republican budget has a “Democratic imprint,” Murray said in a short message. He noted that Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill, R-Redmond, worked closely with Democratic Sens. Jim Hargrove, of Hoquiam, and Sharon Nelson, of Maury Island, to craft a budget.
“But the budget is not bi-partisan yet,” he said. Murray did not elaborate.
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee released his budget priorities last week. The governor proposed $1.2 billion in additional tax revenue to be raised through closing tax breaks and extending existing taxes. He wants to put all that money into education.
House Democrats are expected to come out with their budget next week. Then all three sides will try to hash out a compromise.
November 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM
State Sen. Don Benton and Rep. Tim Probst are in a virtual dead heat in a battle that will determine whether Democrats maintain their 27-22 Senate majority or see it eroded by one position.
Probst, who lost the lead on Thursday, regained it Friday, out-polling Benton by just 16 votes out of nearly 56,000 counted so far. With Clark County election offices closed Monday, there won’t be another count until Tuesday.
Friday’s election tally showed that 3,580 voters returned ballots but didn’t cast votes in the tight Senate race, which cost the candidates and independent-expenditure campaigns more than $1.2 million. The 17th District includes part of Vancouver and nearby communities.
The Republican Party will gain one seat in the Senate if Benton wins. In other contests, the GOP picked up two seats, through Rep. Bruce Dammeier’s victory over Eric Herde for an open seat in the 25th District in Pierce County, and Rep. Barbara Bailey’s defeat of Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen in the 10th District, which includes Island County and parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties.
Those Republican wins were partly offset by Democrat Mark Mullet’s decisive victory over Republican Brian Toft in King County’s 5th District. Toft conceded to Mullet Friday.
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