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Baumgartner and Marr: Standardized tests

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on whether high school students should have to pass a standardized test to earn a diploma.

Marr and Baumgartner: Global warming

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "Do you believe there is enough evidence to indicate that human activity likely is a significant cause for global warming?"

Driscoll, Ahern outline differences

State Rep. John Driscoll and former state Rep. John Ahern are overshadowed in their election rematch by the intense battle for state Senate in the same district. Debates between Chris Marr and Michael Baumgartner, who are running for Senate in the 6th District, have been heated.

Baumgartner and Marr: Crime

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on the death penalty and Washington's three-strikes law.

Marr and Baumgartner: Red light cameras

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "Do you support the state law that allows cities to install red light cameras?"

Washington Legislature, District 6, Senate

Even in the primary – when both candidates for the 6th Legislative Senate seat were guaranteed to move to the November election – the race between Chris Marr and Michael Baumgartner was quarrelsome.

Baumgartner and Marr: Gay marriage

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on gay marriage.

Sixth District donnybrook

He’s the incumbent. He’s his party’s whip in the state Senate. He has more campaign money and a diverse list of backers that includes unions and large businesses. But in his run for re-election, Democrat Chris Marr is the underdog. His opponent, Republican Michael Baumgartner, garnered more votes in the August primary, even though the business and military consultant was mostly unknown locally before he announced his candidacy shortly after moving to Spokane in January.

Editorial: Marr brings experience, solid record as senator

Chris Marr calls the 6th District the “swingiest” in the state, and the pitched battles for legislative seats in the past few elections underscore the point. This year is no different as Marr, the incumbent Democratic senator, squares off against Republican Michael Baumgartner, a newcomer. Marr snatched the seat in 2006 from long-serving Brad Benson after a bruising battle, and it’s clear that both sides are still sore. And so a sharp-elbow campaign has unfolded, with juvenile jabs being traded. Voters would be wise to ignore those scuffles and focus on policy positions, experience and leadership qualities.

Baumgartner and Marr: Privatization

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on privatization of liquor sales and the state's ferry system.

Baumgartner and Marr: Income tax initiative

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, "Do you support Initiative 1098, which would create an income tax on individuals who earn at least $200,000 and lower the business and occupation tax and the state property tax?"

Marr changing TV ad that lacked disclosure

The state Public Disclosure Commission is warning state Sen. Chris Marr that he violated campaign law by failing to mention his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad. Phil Stutzman, the PDC’s director of compliance, said the commission won’t open a formal investigation because Marr’s campaign agreed to change the advertisement.

Marr and Baumgartner: North Spokane freeway

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner respond to the question, "Would you support asking voters for a gas tax increase if it included money to extend the north Spokane freeway?"