THE most expensive race in state history for a seat in the state House might be tilting a politically divided Legislature even more toward the middle.
In the race to represent Federal Way’s 30th Legislative District, Republican Teri Hickel held an eight-point lead over Democratic Rep. Carol Gregory in Tuesday voting returns. If that lead holds in future vote counts, a win by Hickel would skinny the once-mighty Democratic majority in the House down to a 50-48 margin.
The consequences of this shift should be welcome to Washington voters seeking moderation in Olympia.
Right. Because it’s the Democrats who are immoderate and obstructionist, rather than the Republicans who have pledged not to ever raise taxes ever, for any reason, under any circumstance, no matter what. You know, the Republicans who also oppose marriage equality, reproductive rights, gun responsibility, reducing carbon emissions, teaching evolution, and just about everything else the editors claim to endorse. A Republican Party that is so bereft of ideas or intellect (or, let’s be honest, morality) that it has elevated trickle-down-regurgitating student-harassing child-bride-marrying Matt Manweller to the status of rising fucking star.
That is the party to which the wise editorial board members of our state’s paper of record look to bring “moderation” to Olympia.
Sigh. I try not to wish for the day the Seattle Times shuts down its presses. But honestly—fuck you.