You could make a good argument for the claim that the most important election in Washington state yesterday was the Jan Angel-Nathan Schlicher contest. it's true that nothing was decided in the primary, but the same is true of most other contests yesterday.
But the primary did give us the first popularity test for the reform-majority coalition in the state senate. And judging by the partial count, those who favor more reform, including responsible budgets, have more reasons to be pleased than their opponents. (Specifically, as I write, 2,271 more reasons.)
Moreover, it was a reasonably fair test, since the two candidates are well known in the district, and each had enough resources to compete effectively.
In his campaign site, Schlicher comes close to admitting that he is, like most of our local "progressives", a reactionary. His brief issues statements have this heading: "Renewing A Progressive Vision For Washington State". And in my brief glance through his vague issue sections, I didn't find any idea that wasn't stale twenty years ago.
Despite the importance of the race, there was no article on it in my copy of the Seattle Times. It wasn't even included in the Kitsap County portion of their big results table.
(I often warn people to be careful about Wikipedia articles on political subjects; Schlicher's biography will show you why I do that.)Posted by Jim Miller at August 07, 2013 01:52 PM | Email This