Washington State Politics

State Senator Maralyn Chase’s concession speech

First of all I want to thank the many people and organizations who have supported me. I was honored by, and proud of, my record as a Democrat and representative of a growing number of people who want to see Medicare for All, the best quality public education, tax fairness, living wage jobs, equal justice […]

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Without Amazon’s interference, San Francisco taxes big business

By Melanie Mazza  at EOI Online Two cities struggle to fund homelessness relief. One succeeds. San Francisco just did something Seattle couldn’t manage: on Election Day, they voted to tax big business to fund homelessness relief. Like Seattle, San Francisco is a tech city whose rising costs have pushed people out of the area and out […]

Washington State Politics

Who’s buying votes in Washington State?

The Supreme Court said that political spending is a form of free speech. But they allow states to require donors to submit reports of their spending. Washington State’s Public Disclosure Commission collects such data and makes it available on their website. I downloaded the database of campaign contributions from this link. The database has 3,831,155 […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Vote for Maralyn Chase for State Senate!

by Sue Peters SENATOR MARALYN CHASE is the only candidate in the race with over 16 years of distinguished, award-winning experience in state government as both a representative and senator. CHASE is the only candidate with firsthand knowledge of the state’s legislative processes. And as the legislature’s delegate to the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER), Chase […]

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Stand for Children’s and WA Realtors’ suspicious campaign spending

According to the state Public Disclosure Commission, STAND FOR CHILDREN PAC spent $456,189.36 in 2018, much of it for “MAILER Independent expenditures” and “DIGITAL Ad Campaign Independent Expenditures.” Here’s a partial list of their expenditures. Itemized expenditures: 456,189.36 Recipient Date Description Amount Report RALLY CAMPAIGNS 10/29/2018 MAILER Independent Expenditures 13,616.58 C4 RALLY CAMPAIGNS 10/29/2018 MAILER Independent […]

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Realtor and pro-charter school PACs trying to buy a state senate seat for Jesse Salomon

In the 32nd Legislative District race between progressive incumbent Maralyn Chase and corporate Democrat Jesse Salomon, outside interests are spending big bucks and sending out attack ads against Chase. According to the Public Disclosure Commission’s data, Washington Realtors Political Action Committee and Stand for Children WA PAC (a charter schools PAC funded by billionaries) have […]

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Scary, nutcase theories of Nathan Choi

The web page https://www.nathanchoiforjudge.org/ of Nathan Choi, candidate for Washington State Supreme Court, is filled with crazy conspiracy theories and misspellings. Normally, such an unqualified and extremist candidate would be no concern against a competent sitting Supreme Court judge, Steven Gonzalez. But a poll indicates that Choi was in the lead. (Watch Justice Steve Gonzalez’s […]

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Republican Rep. Matt Shea from Spokane calls for biblical law and the killing of opponents

Spokane GOP leader authors ‘Biblical Basis for War’ manifesto calling for end to abortion, same-sex marriage and death of enemies who disagree FBI investigating Washington state rep. for manifesto urging ‘all males will be killed’

Accountability Washington State Politics

Steve and Connie Ballmer’s political contributions

I downloaded from the state Public Disclosure Commission a database listing contributions to political campaigns and initiatives. The database is for direct contributions to candidates and initiative campaigns. It excludes independent expenditures. So the data shown below are incomplete, but still, I hope, enlightening. You can see in the table below that the Ballmers donated […]

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Should a progressive vote for Adam Smith or for Sarah Smith in the 9th CD?

I’m on the fence about whether to vote for Adam Smith or Sarah Smith for Congress this year. In short, Adam Smith has more experience, will have more power if elected,  has a decent but mixed voting record, and has moved left as his district has become more progressive. Sarah Smith would more strongly work […]