Political Buzz

Talking WA politics.

NOTICE: Political Buzz has moved.

With the launch of our new website, we've moved Political Buzz.
Visit the new section.

Category: Campaign News


Many Republicans consider seeking House appointment, including Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson

The 28th District may not get a new state House member before the Legislature’s drop-dead budget deadline of June 30.

Pierce County Republicans have set a date of June 25 for nominating a slate of three choices for an appointment to the state House.

The Pierce County Council would choose one of the trio but needs to give notice at least a week before that vote, unless it passes an emergency ordinance as it did last week in replacing the late Sen. Mike Carrell. The House vacancy is seen as less urgent because the Democrats there have a

Read more »


What’s the process for filling the late Sen. Mike Carrell’s vacant seat?

With Wednesday’s untimely passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, questions have emerged as to how — and when — his vacant 28th legislative district senate seat will be filled.

Under the appointment process for a vacant legislative seat —  spelled out in Washington’s Constitution and in state statute — the Pierce County Council will have the first crack at deciding Carrell’s replacement.

Because Carrell was a Republican, the county’s Republican Party gets to choose three candidates to submit for the county council’s consideration. The council has up to 60 days from the date of vacancy (Wednesday) to appoint Carrell’s

Read more »


Tacoma: City Council races set as filing week ends

In Tacoma, few surprises and little activity emerged as the candidate registration filing period came to a close on Friday. In all, five seats on the city’s non-partisan council are up for election this year.

Olgy Diaz, a legislative aide to state. Rep. David Sawyer, D-29, formally challenged incumbent Councilman Joe Lonergan for the 5th District seat representing south Tacoma. Meantime, Justin Van Dyk, a former sales consultant who previously had announced intentions to oppose Lonergan, did not file as a candidate.

In Tacoma’s 2nd District – a horseshoe-shaped area that stretches around Commencement Bay from Northeast Tacoma to Old

Read more »


Two-person race for Senate in 26th District; Angel, Schlicher both fundraising in six figures

Filing week is over and no dark horse candidates jumped in to represent parts of Pierce and Kitsap counties in the state Senate, so Rep. Jan Angel and Sen. Nathan Schlicher have the field to themselves.

It’s a pivotal race for the balance of power in the Senate, and it could get very expensive.

Sen. Derek Kilmer stepped down to go to Congress, leaving a vacancy to be filled for a year by a fellow Democrat and then up for grabs for the final year of his term. Schlicher, an emergency room doctor from Gig Harbor, was

Read more »


Tacoma: Diaz announces bid to unseat Lonergan in Tacoma’s 5th District

Yet another candidate has announced a bid to unseat incumbent Joe Lonergan in Tacoma’s Fifth Council District.

Olgy Diaz, an aide to Democratic state Rep. David Sawyer, announced today in a press release she will challenge Lonergan for the city seat representing south Tacoma.

“Government can only be as good as those we elect to serve,” Diaz is quoted as saying in the release. “I want to join the council to make sure they look out for us in the fifth district the way our neighbors look out for each other.”

Diaz, who is also volunteers on

Read more »


Christine Gregoire for president? Leader of EMILY’S List asks pollsters to include her name in pre-2016 polling

In an article in a newish national political website called therun2016.com, Chris Gregoire is among a handful of Democrats who are part of the party’s “deep bench” of potential women candidates for president.

The article by former POLITICO writer David Catenese quoted EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock urging pollsters to broaden their list of names being tested among voters. The names she dropped were: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gregoire.

But Schriock declined Thursday to say whether she’s spoken to any of

Read more »


The other Senate races: Appointees Sharon Brown and John Smith could face challenges


The marquee 2013 legislative race is in the district between Bremerton and the Tacoma Narrows, and that’s where the political parties  will spend their energy. But voters are filling at least two other Senate vacancies this fall. Neither is likely to affect the balance in the Senate because both are in conservative Eastern Washington districts that could feature face-offs between fellow Republicans.

Legislators in all three races can start raising money today with the end of the regular legislative session and a two-week hiatus in a fundraising freeze.

Sharon Brown of Kennewick was appointed to the 8th district, Tri-Cities-area Senate seat, beating

Read more »


Two weeks to raise money for Senate race

Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard

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.

Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor
Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor

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. Read more »