The fundraising freeze thaws for two weeks starting today. With session over, lawmakers can raise money again, including Sen. Nathan Schlicher and Rep. Jan Angel, who expect to go head to head this November for the seat Schlicher was appointed to in January.
Senate Republicans’ campaign committee planned a fundraiser for this morning. Party committees are not subject to the freeze but any money they raise during it can’t be spent on legislative races. I wrote Sunday about Republicans being far ahead of their rivals after a tumultuous year for Senate Democrats’ campaign operation.
I noted Senate Democrats have hired a new campaign director, but one thing I didn’t have room for in the print story: both Schlicher and Angel have campaign managers.
Maria Franciscovich, a former Kitsap County field staffer for Rob McKenna’s campaign for governor, is heading up Angel’s campaign. Crystal Anguay, who ran Kirkland freshman Rep. Cyrus Habib’s campaign for state House and worked on Darcy Burner’s bid for Congress, is leading Schlicher’s operation.
I also talked with Schlicher and Angel about what they accomplished in the last weeks of session.
Schlicher said he was glad the transportation budget that passed on the final day of session did not cut ferry service. The House had proposed to reduce the number of runs on less-used routes. The budget does allow the Transportation Commission to increase ferry fares. Schlicher said the increase would be limited to 2.5 percent. The plan also orders the state toll division to cut its administration and management, including on the Tacoma Narrows bridge, which Schlicher had wanted.
Angel, too, mentioned the transportation budget and the Narrows bridge. She was glad the budget orders a study of “internal refinance opportunities” for the bridge, with a report due by the end of the year. Earlier in the year, Angel had suggested loaning the bridge money from the gas-tax fund to cover debt repayment, to avoid an increase in tolls.
As for bills they passed, Schlicher touted a measure that will require mental health officials to consult with doctors before decisions on detaining patients for treatment. Angel noted her legislation to make it easier for corporate officers to collect unemployment without completely folding their companies.