July 17, 2013
26th District Senate race is all that matters this year
All that matters if you're one of those political nerds who closely follow legislative races, anyway. If Nathan Schlicher, a Democrat appointed to the Senate, wins the special election this November, the Senate Majority Coalition that runs the Senate will still have a bare one-seat majority. If Republican state representative Jan Angel wins, the coalition will have a little more breathing room heading into the 2014 election - and Senate Democratic leader Ed Murray will really be crossing his fingers as those Seattle mayoral results roll in.
Incorporating Gig Harbor and Bremerton, the 26th is a true swing district, picking Obama over Romney but favoring Rob McKenna over Jay Inslee by nearly 12 points. Rep. Angel will be a formidable opponent for the never-elected Sen. Schlicher, after having won the district three times (and two terms as a county commissioner in Kitsap before that) and receiving more votes than her seatmates, known as moderate Democrats, in 2010 and 2012. She received 59.09% of the vote in 2012.
Schlicher, appointed after Derek Kilmer won a seat in Congress, first gained attention this year for an "unseemly incident" in which Democrats tried to take control of the Senate floor to pass a Schlicher-sponsored bill. A female Republican senator, Janea Holmquist Newbry, was absent from the floor because she was in a side room nursing her newborn, a fact that Schlicher and fellow Democrat David Frockt said they were ignorant of when they made their maneuver. Several Democrats later apologized to Holmquist Newbry.
Schlicher also garnered attention when, no doubt looking ahead to the special election, he voted with Republicans in a 26-21 vote against a takeover attempt by his own party to pass a transportation tax package and raise the gas tax by 10 cents. His vote complicated the Democrats' narrative that the failure to pass a transportation package was all Republicans' fault, and the incident prompted Sen. Tim Sheldon, a Democratic member of the Majority Coalition Caucus, to ask, "They tried to take over the floor with 21 votes?"
As the only special election this year that will have any impact on chamber control, both political parties and Olympia interest groups are devoting their firepower to the Angel-Schlicher contest. That's why I wasn't surprised to see anti-Angel ads following me around the web last week. My first thought after clicking through to the attack site it links to, funded by "progressive" (read Democrat controlled) umbrella group Fuse and the Senate Democrats' Kennedy Fund, is just how boring, how typical, how copy-and-paste their attacks on Angel seem.
Posted by Adam Faber at July 17, 2013
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It's the same playbook every time: use some legislative votes without context ("But it has endnote citations, so it must be true") to drive wedge issues with key groups ("Candidate X 'voted to limit standards of care and benefits for women, kids, and seniors'?!?! But I am/have one of those!"). The site not only tries to claim Angel is against education funding, conveniently glossing over the fact that the House Democrats' budget is the one that funded education last as a way to protect other spending that doesn't poll as well, but also trots out the standard claim that Republicans hate mammograms ("Why is Candidate X so pro-breast cancer? I can hardly believe what I'm reading. Actually, I don't believe what I'm reading").
Quite likely the Democrats will send out their standard mailing this fall, which has been used year after year in districts across the state, with a coffin on the front and a scary message about mammograms. Just swap out the names. Fuse is certainly trying to push all the "progressive" buttons it can: in a fundraising e-mail this week focused on the 26th race, they managed to fit "right wing" and "far-right" in five times.
I'm not expecting political hit squads to be honest or subtle, but is something original too much to ask for? Facing a popular incumbent in a swing district, Nathan Schlicher's backers are going to need to do better than these tired, retread attacks.
"I'm not expecting political hit squads to be honest or subtle, but is something original too much to ask for?"
That you could post this here, at the local site which has spent so much time and effort, for such little result, on relentlessly smearing every liberal and Democrat for the past eight years, really makes your readers wonder if you know anything about local politics at all.
Jan had her kick off party last night in Gig Harbor. 200+ supporters included half a dozen State Senators, Rob McKenna and several State Representatives. Jan's fundraising efforts are going well.
TV ads are up for both sides. Fuse is already on the attack misrepresenting Jan. Fuse's problem is that Jan is known to be a genuinely nice person in the district....and she has had mammograms.
Another thing Fuse will need to fight is that the NRA is fervently opposed to Schlicher and in favor of Angel. And the 26 th district has more NRA members than all of Seattle.
I suspect the pros believe Angel is the favorite in this race. Not a lock, but the favorite.
3. If Republican state representative Jan Angel wins, the coalition will have a little more breathing room...
We would not want them to suffer the consequences of two wasteful special sessions, which combined merely produced an inferior version of the same budget House Democrats passed in April.
... If Republican state representative Jan Angel wins, the coalition will have a little more breathing room heading into the 2014 election.
Next year, we might need three or four special sessions to adulterate whatever solution House Democrats create.
Quite likely the Democrats will send out their standard mailing this fall, which has been used year after year in districts across the state, with a coffin on the front and a scary message about mammograms.
Given that Democrats won most of those races, we can expect them to continue their winning tactics, yes. And contrasting Republicans' endless attempts to micro-manage women's reproductive healthcare, whilst always deciding women's actual health-care issues in favor of insurance companies, is a very potent weapon in our chronically pro-choice state.
Just swap out the names.
Are you saying that reflexive, party-line voting has a downside?
Nathan Schlicher's backers are going to need to do better than these tired, retread attacks.
The length of this post, coupled with the bitter, carping tone, shows how much one political observer fears the tactics described. Sen. Schliciher's day job, as an emergency-room doctor, gives him extensive experience from which he can speak to the real health-care issues of real women, and could prove decisive in this race. Even a popular, well-funded challenger could have problems with having her actual voting record on women's health-care become a campaign issue.
,,,and she has had mammograms.
We never doubt that she has taken good care of her own health. The issue is whether she cares about other women's health, or the profits of insurance companies.
That you could post this here, at the local site which has spent so much time and effort, for such little result, on relentlessly smearing every liberal and Democrat for the past eight years, really makes your readers wonder if you know anything about local politics at all. - Dime Bag.
Pot. Kettle. Black.
Keep us updated on this race. Murray may be the new mayor of Seattle, which would be an improvement.
The Senate makeup is the resistance to the State of WA going the way of Detroit. The truth hurts, leftists - deal with it in a new fashion, like a mature way.
Hinton! Always glad to see you still care about my political edification! Since you seem to believe it remains deficient, how about we review together the history of political criticisms made at this site, and compare to the political fortunes of the candidates and ballot measures so criticized?
Meanwhile, care to use your own political acumen to predict the winner of the very race cited in this post?
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