Darcy Burner: Bringing The Crazy to the WA-01 Election!
I had heard that Darcy Burner – best known for being a Democrat who couldn’t beat a Republican in Washington state during the two worst election cycles for Republicans in living memory – spoke yesterday at Netroots Nation in Providence, RI (I happen to be in town myself for the much cooler Breitbart Awards conference that the Franklin Center/the Heritage Foundation is putting on). Feeling | Read More »
Norm Dicks (D, WA-06) cuts and runs.
This one must have hurt, really. I mean: a guy spends over three and a half decades in Congress. He’s carefully establish himself as a convenient… receptacle… for almost-respectable defense lobbyist payoffs. And he’s just gotten the brass ring: next in line to his party’s top slot at Appropriations. And in the last Congress? That spot was the Holy Grail for people who wanted to | Read More »
Meet Suzan Delbene (D CAND, WA-08).
I haven’t really been paying attention to this particular race – it’s admittedly one of the few where the Republican incumbent (David Reichert) isn’t quite safe, but then again, it’s a bad year to be a Democratic challenger* – but I got tipped off to what appears to be a bit of a vetting problem with Dave’s challenger (one Suzan-with-a-Z Delbene). And, yes, if I’m | Read More »
Meet David Castillo (R CAND, WA-03).
David’s one of the candidates running for the open seat at WA-03 (as you remember, current incumbent Brian Baird cut and run last year). The primary hasn’t happened yet, and as Washington state has the top two primary candidates advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation, the race is not yet really settled. We talked about that – and phosphates – today: David’s | Read More »
Meet Dick Muri (R CAND, WA-09).
Dick is is the front-runner for the Republican nomination opposing Adam Smith, who has been in the 9th district seat for about a decade – and whose ‘moderate’ credentials are rapidly abrading against his votes for both cap-and-trade and Obamacare. We talked with Dick about how he’s planning to win this seat: Dick’s site is here. Moe Lane
Brian Baird (D, WA-03) Bails out.
He’s retiring (third Democrat from a at-risk district). It’s a D+0 seat: contra the New York Times, Cook had it as being competitive (Likely Democratic), and that will be almost certainly be upgraded rather quickly. Baird’s reasoning? He wants to spend more time with his family. Judging from the reactions of his colleagues, this sudden desire comes as a bit of a surprise. Interestingly, the | Read More »
Jim McDermott (D, WA-07) on the public option, translated into English.
For some bizarre reason, Rep. Keith Ellison thought that it was a good idea to get Rep. McDermott’s opinions on the public option on the public record. Who am I to pass up such an opportunity? Yes, he really is advocating a policy that, to quote a colleague, “prevents insurers from calculating rates or willingness to insure based on risk; all must be served, and | Read More »
Elections have consequences, Megan.
I agree with you that there are legitimate reasons why the market doesn’t create more ‘green’ products – aside from everything else, clearly superior products don’t need the ‘green’ label to sell better – but when it comes to the specific example of banning phosphates in dish detergent we’re dealing with a situation where the market was overruled by the politicians. And, oddly enough, the | Read More »
Seattle’s Sidewalk to Nowhere.
Literally, in this case: Jesus & Maria Barajas, a Seattle working class couple (janitor, maid) have to shell out fifteen grand for a sidewalk that might not even last until the city gets around to putting one in themselves. They have to do this because they’re planning to put a new house on their property – one that they’ve been saving up to afford for | Read More »
Gary Locke: New Commerce pick, guy with a brother-in-law.
[UPDATE]: (Via Ed’s original post) John Huang? John Huang? OK, that’s it. Somebody from the White House give me a call. I will personally pick out a Commerce Secretary for you. It will be a liberal Democrat, with no skeletons in his or her closet – I’m actually leaning towards her at this point – and nothing that will make the GOP freak out. As | Read More »
Dave Reichert (WA-08) wins re-election bid.
Don’t get me wrong: Tuesday was still a shellacking. But I covered this race earlier, and it’s nice to see that he won. Reichert wins re-election in 8th District Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert has won re-election in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, defeating two-time Democratic challenger Darcy Burner in a close race. With almost 80 percent of the expected vote counted from Tuesday’s election, Reichert’s | Read More »
Darcy Burner (Challenger, WA-08) caught lying about educational qualifications.
Translation: “What? People were paying attention?” Even the Seattle Times can’t spin this past an “exaggeration” by Dave Reichert’s challenger: In recent weeks, Democratic congressional candidate Darcy Burner has touted her Harvard degree in economics when talking about the nation’s financial crisis and her opposition to the bailout package passed by Congress. At two debates this month, she brought up her academic background in her | Read More »
Time to get that disavowing going, guys.
The absolute nerve of the Washington GOP. Jake Tapper has more, including a fairly hysterical (in both the “funny” and “just one step below primal screaming” meanings, although not the “utterly dismissive towards women” one) from Governor Gregoire, who used the phrase “eight years of the most divisive, fear-driven politics this country has ever seen” without visible irony. It’s odd, really. My parents are Democrats, | Read More »