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u 2016 Washington Special Election, April 26



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Editorial: McLaughlin and Mumm for County Commission

Mumm and McLaughlin are more experienced and pragmatic than Kerns. We would like to see them advance to the general election.


Minimum wage, gun control and transgender bathroom rules among initiatives that could make ballot

From wages to guns to restroom access, ballot measure topics for voter cover a wide spectrum of issues in Washington this year. To have a chance of making the ballot, signatures on petitions must be turned in by week’s end.


Verner, Upthegrove top lands commissioner field

Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but shoring up the agency won’t be easy.


Hobbs is best choice for lieutenant governor

Hobbs has a record of leadership and impartiality, and he has the most balanced support, with labor and business backing. He has earned our endorsement.


Editorial: Vehrs for legislative District 6

In a relatively conservative district, she won’t survive as lockstep liberal, so our hope is that she gravitates to the center. Nonetheless, she is the most pragmatic, knowledgable candidate and gets our endorsement


Owen, Habib trade letters, jabs over lt. gov. race

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen says Sen. Cyrus Habib may be too partisan to replace him. Habib says he wants to office to be more active.


Timm Ormsby the easy pick in 3rd District

This district, one of the poorest in the state, has been a longtime Democratic stronghold, and Republicans have struggled to field a strong candidate. This year is no different, with incumbent Rep. Timm Ormsby facing weak opposition.


Obama to attend Inslee fundraiser

President Barack Obama will speak at a fundraiser for Gov. Jay Inslee’s re-election campaign Friday in Seattle.


Office of Washington lieutenant governor attracts high interest

Current Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has held the post since 1997. He announced his retirement earlier this year, sparking a rare rush of candidates for the office. Eleven candidates have filed for the position.


State convention for Washington Democrats convenes Friday

State Democrats will convene for their state convention this weekend to finish electing delegates to the national convention and to pass a party platform.



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