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Wash. delegation splits on ‘cliff’ vote; GOP yes, Smith and McDermott lone Democrats against

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas was among the 85 Republicans who voted last night to pass the so-called fiscal-cliff bill, saying it falls short of fixing budget problems but was needed to avert income tax hikes on individuals earning less than $400,000 a year.

In Washington state’s delegation, only Democratic Reps. Adam Smith of Bellevue Jim McDermott of Seattle and voted against the deal that avoids hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and automatic spending cuts but increases deficits by $4.5 trillion over a decade. The vote roll call is here.

Herrera Beutler put out a statement explaining her action, which mirrored that of the other Washington Republicans. Reps. Dave Reichert of Auburn, Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane and Doc Hastings of Pasco also voted in favor. Read more »


New congressional district proposal shakes up Washington’s political landscape

The Washington State Redistricting Commission outlined a draft congressional plan today that puts most of Thurston County including Olympia in the new 10th Congressional District, while shifting U.S. Rep. Adam Smith’s 9th district northward to become a minority-dominated district that ranges from northeast Tacoma to Renton, south Seattle, and Bellevue. The plan also preserves Tacoma as an urban anchor for Rep. Norm Dicks’ sprawling 6th district that retains the Olympic Peninsula and sends part of Rep. Dave Reichert’s 8th district over the Cascades into Eastern Washington.

The bipartisan draft map appears to leave Democrats with strong positions in five districts including Smith and Dicks, Republicans with strong positions in four districts including Reichert and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd, which retains a band of south Thurston County, all of Southwest Washington and all of Klickitat County east of the Cascades.
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Sierra Club gives Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and a C

WASHINGTON – In its national report card released today, the Sierra Club gave the Washington state delegation five As, three Fs and one C.

For the Sierra Club, a national environmentalist organization, the only middle-of-the roader is Republican Rep. Dave Reichert, who earned the C. On Capitol Hill, he has clearly established himself as a moderate, often in step with Democrats on environmental issues.

The Sierra Club gave top marks to Democrats Norm Dicks, Adam Smith, Rick Larsen, Jay Inslee, and Jim McDermott. It gave failing grades to Republicans Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Jaime Herrera-Beutler.

Here’s a look at

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SurveyUSA/KING-TV poll gives early (very early) lead to Rob McKenna in possible (pretty likely) governor matchup with Jay Inslee

Survey USA has conducted a poll for KING-TV on the 2012 race for governor in Washington state that gives Attorney General Rob McKenna a statistically significant lead over U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee.

While those are considered the most-likely candidates for the Republicans and Democrats, the poll also asked

Rob McKenna

Jay Inslee

voters about possible matchups between incumbent Gov. Chris Gregoire and McKenna, Gregoire vs. U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert and Reichert vs. Inslee.

The automated poll interviewed 700 registered voters on April 27 and included cell-phone-only voters. Here are the numbers.

Jay Inslee (D): 41
Rob McKenna (R): 48
undecided: 11

Jay Inslee (D): 44
Dave Reichert (R): 46
Undecided: 10

Chris Gregoire (D-inc): 40
Rob McKenna (R): 52
Undecided: 7

Chris Gregoire (D-inc): 44
Dave Reichert (R): 48
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Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball Take Two: Washington governor’s race a toss up and “one of the most competitive in the country.”

The University of Virginia political scientist and pundit has taken another run at the 2012 races for governor, a list he terms something of a letdown after the 37 governorships up for grabs last November.

And Larry Sabato has kept Washington in the toss-up category because he thinks, as do many others, that Gov. Chris Gregoire will not seek a third term.

Take a look at his entire post here.

But I’ll ruin the surprise a bit by saying he has U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee alone on the Democratic side but three candidates on the GOP side – one

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Reichert among Republicans to vote for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

Recently re-elected Congressman Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, was among the 15 Republicans to join the majority on a 250-175 House vote today to end the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on gays in the military.

During the recent hard-fought campaign, the 8th District Congressman was non-committal about his stance on the ban on openly gay service people. In a statement today, Reichert said he was convinced to repeal the Clinton-era policy, after talking to members of the military and reviewing a recent poll of service members. “I accept the findings of the Pentagon report that indicate repeal should not

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The Teflon Sheriff: Is Reichert unbeatable in WA’s 8th?

In coasting to an early victory last night, Republican incumbent Dave Reichert’s fourth successful bid to Congress appears to be his easiest to date in Washington’s politically fickle 8th District.

Overall, Reichert – obviously benefitting from last night’s strong GOP wave – is winning by nearly 10 percentage points. The latest tallies as of this morning have him up 54.60 percent to Democratic challenger Suzan DelBene’s 45.40 percent.

Keep in mind that King County still has 100,000-plus votes to be counted, and Pierce County has more than 27,000 ballots out. But if trends hold, Reichert’s success this election year easily eclipses his best efforts to date when compared to his three previous campaigns for the 8th.

(In drilling down deeper into last night’s numbers, Reichert bombed DelBene in Pierce County – roughly 60 percent to her 40 percent – which comprises 20 to 25 percent of the 8th District vote from election to election, depending on turnout. The ballot tallies in Democrat-leaning King County are far closer, but Reichert still holds a comfortable advantage there, too — up about 53 percent to 47 percent.)

For comparison purposes, here’s how Reichert fared in his past Congressional campaigns:

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8th District: DelBene’s final press release?

With Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Reichert having an easy go-around this Election Night, the campaign for Suzan DelBene — notorious for its barrage of press releases throughout this election season — just distributed what looks to be its final missive to the media.

DelBene Concedes Election in 8th Congressional District

(Renton, Wash.) — Suzan DelBene has conceded the race for Washington’s 8th Congressional District.

“It has been a privilege to run for office in the 8th Congressional District,” said DelBene. “While we did not win tonight, our campaign’s volunteers and supporters should be proud of the time and

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