Stuart Elway, the Seattle pollster who conducts the monthly Elway Poll, asked registered lobbyists in Olympia to grade the 2010 Legislature on a variety of subjects. Of the 356 who responded to the on-line survey, 299 gave letter grades.
They were tough graders, giving an overall grade of D-plus. On individual areas, the grades were Economy, D-plus; Transportation, C-plus; Public Safety, C-plus; Environment and Natural Resources, C-minus; Health Care, C; Higher Education, D-plus; Basic Education, C; Social Services, C; and Taxes & Spending, D.
Yet only 5 percent thought the Republican minority would win control of the House in November and only 7 percent thought Republicans would win control of the Senate (though most expected the GOP to gain seats in both chambers).
Perhaps that is because in grades assigned the governor and the four legislative caucus, House and Senate Republican received grades lower than House and Senate Democrats (though all received D’s or D-minuses. The highest grade – and certainly nothing to brag about – went to Gov. Chris Gregoire who averaged a 1.61 grade point average (on a four point scale).
I think that’s still a D.