Dems run the show. What now for state government?

Well, it happened: With a flip of one seat in Tuesday’s election, Democrats will now control the state Senate. Manka Dhingra, the Democratic candidate to succeed Republican Sen. Andy Hill in the 45th District, emerged victorious, so now Democrats will control both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office. The result in the 45th […]

On his first day, new state Superintendent picks union over taxpayers

During last fall’s election season, I expressed concern that Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) candidate Chris Reykdal was too close to the state teachers union. He didn’t waste much time confirming it. His first act after being inaugurated this week was to remove his office from an intriguing lawsuit begun by his predecessor regarding school […]

Our state election was important too – what will it mean for 2017?

All eyes were on the national election last week, understandably, but our state tallied some important results too. What will they mean for smarter government in 2017? Legislature: When legislators return to the capitol in January to tackle the remaining work on McCleary (realistically this will occupy almost the entirety of the Legislature’s attention), the […]

Out-of-state donors leading the effort to spend your tax dollars on politics

It was the voters of this state who decided that they have a right to know where candidates and political parties get their money. The people, by initiative, set up Washington’s system for transparent political spending and launched the Public Disclosure Commission to make the information public. By the way backers of a new initiative […]

OSPI candidate “absolutely” sure group he doesn’t know is anti-union

You’ll soon face a choice on your ballot for state Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI). School administrator Erin Jones and Democratic state Rep. Chris Reykdal, both former teachers, were the top two vote-getters in the August primary. You may recall that I’m a bit dubious about the SPI position. I’m not sure it should remain […]

Dem. vs. Dem: Lt. Gov. chastises candidate hoping to succeed him

Olympia is normally a pretty staid capital, so when intra-party criticisms are aired in public, it gets people’s attention. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen drew a lot of notice this week with his startling letter to state Sen. Cyrus Habib (D-Bellevue), who is running for the retiring Owen’s job. That the two are both Democrats makes […]