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November 08, 2006

Ivan Details Legislative Wins in WA State

The Washington Legislative races came out very nicely for the Democrats this year as well.  Ivan Weiss, irrepressible Chair of the 34th LD and one of this year's winners of the Maggie Award for Democrat of the Year,  has a great post at DailyKos on the 7 seats gained in the House and the 6 gained in the Senate (with a couple more possibilities to come).  He begins by talking about how important the spirited campaigns of Darcy and Peter were.  A couple of excerpts:

Nowhere was this more evident than in the Districts where Peter and Darcy were on the ballot. In the State Senate race in the 6th Legislative District (Spokane County), Chris Marr upset the odious homophobe and Wal-Mart lackey Brad Benson, heretofore considered a "rising young conservative star." and Democrat Don Barlow took out Incumbent Republican John Serben to capture a House seat in the 6th.

In the Legislative Districts that make up the 8th Congressional District, the "coattails" were even more pronounced. We scored clean sweeps in the 45th, 47th, and 48th Legislative Districts, and made serious inroads in the 31st.

Results in the 48th were especially sweet. Former Republican State Representative Rodney Tom, who could no longer tolerate his party's reactionary drift, made his Democratic electoral debut a smashing one, capturing the Senate seat from the closeted gay homophobe and reactionary ideologue Luke Esser, crippling the political hopes of another "rising young conservative star." Former Kirkland Mayor Deb Eddy won Tom's former House seat handily. Incumbent Democratic Representative Ross Hunter, who had orchestrated much of this activity, cruised to victory with two-thirds of the vote.


Voters delivered another huge upraised middle finger to the GOP and the BIAW in suburban Tacoma's 28th District by re-electing freshman Rep. Tami Green, a powerful voice for labor, who had been their top target statewide. Tami cruised home with 55 percent of the vote with a strong boost from union volunteers. Joining her in the House will be teacher and small business owner Troy Kelley. This heavily militarized (Fort Lewis, McChord AFB) district was Dead Red only four years ago.

We scored another clean sweep just to the north in the 26th District, another one that had been targeted by the BIAW and especially the religious right. GOP Senator Bob Oke, far from the worst Republican in the state, retired due to health reasons, and first-term Democratic State Rep. Derek Kilmer stepped into the breach. Republican Jim Hines beat former state Rep. and religious right whack job Lois McMahan in the primary, but Kilmer trounced him, getting 60 percent of the vote. Keep your eye on this guy.

For a thorough picture of what we've managed to do in the state plus a lot of links, read the entire post.  Give him a recommend while you're there.

Posted by Lynn Allen on November 8, 2006 at 11:42 AM in Candidate Races | Permalink


As a man who edited copy at The Seattle Times for more than three decades, Ivan Weiss should know not to show such bias and utter such pungent opinions in his articles.
The Times once posted Central America as off limits to one of its editors because of his lack of sympathy for the "freedom fighters", as Ronald Reagan called them, who were trying to topple the government of Nicaragua.
The talk of a "huge upraised middle finger" is likewise on the borderline, given that Times artists used to draw bra's and wedding rings of people appearing in ads for X-rated movie theaters.
Didn't they teach you anything at Fairview Fannie, Ivan?

Posted by: joel connelly | Nov 9, 2006 7:50:02 PM

Wow! No wonder Ivan is such a good writer.

Now, I would welcome a description from Ivan of the differences between writing for the print media and writing for blogs.

Posted by: Lynn | Nov 9, 2006 9:07:20 PM

And a welcome to you, Joel. I'm honored that you are stopping by. Are you pleased with Tuesday's results?

Posted by: Lynn | Nov 9, 2006 9:09:55 PM

As they say across the Northern Plains, you betcha!
The Tester victory is oh-so-sweet, but with Conrad Burns gone, where will we go now for oafish, salty quotes from Mountain States politicians?
Answer: The Idaho congressional delegation.

Posted by: joel connelly | Nov 10, 2006 1:45:05 PM

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