|Larry Crouse (R)||40,585||100%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
OLYMPIA – Bob McCaslin, the most senior member of the Washington Legislature, is leaving the Senate seat he’s held for the Spokane Valley for 30 years. In a prepared statement, McCaslin said health problems have resurfaced and changed his plans to serve out his term, which ends in 2012. He’ll step down as the third-longest-serving senator in state history.
State Sen. Bob McCaslin informs Republican leaders he won’t return to Olympia.
OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to adjourn. The House of Representatives voted 52-44 to approve a tax plan made public a few hours earlier after more than a week of closed-door negotiations between Democratic leaders and Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close the state’s projected $2.6 billion budget shortfall. Gregoire told a joint session of the Legislature they face “an incredibly challenging year” and called for swift and decisive action.