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posted Friday, November 9, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 45
State election: voters want to regulate cops, guns, but not carbon
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State election: voters want to regulate cops, guns, but not carbon

Democrats gain ground in legislature, may pick up one congressional seat

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Like voters around the country, Washington state voters sent mixed messages in the November 6 election.

I-940, the measure that would change state law to make it easier to prosecute police officers who shoot civilians, won by a 60-to-40% margin. I-1639, which has been described as 'the nation's strictest gun regulation,' passed by the same margin.

On the other hand, I-1631 - which would have been a historic effort to clean up the environment by making corporate polluters pay fees based on their carbon emissions - failed by more than 10 points.

I-1634, to block Washington cities from following Seattle's lead and taxing sugared beverages, leads by nearly 10 points. Mayor Jenny Durkan's signature $600 million Seattle Education Levy is also passing.

Washington's congressional delegation will almost certainly be more Democratic in January when new representatives are sworn in. As the SGN goes to press, Democrat Kim Schrier leads Republican Dino Rossi by more than 12,000 votes for the 8th Congressional District seat being vacated by Dave Reichert.

The Washington State Legislature will also be more Democratic.

Anti-LGBT Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-30), trails Democratic challenger Claire Wilson by seven points. In the 47th Legislative District, Republican Sen. Joe Fain - accused of a 2007 rape - leads Democratic challenger Mona Das by less than 100 votes.

In the Issaquah-area 5th Legislative District, a pair of Republican House candidates - former Rep. Chad Magendanz and current Rep. Paul Graves (Fall City) - trailed Democratic challengers Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan, respectively.

In South King County's 47th District, Rep. Mark Hargrove, a Republican, trails Democratic challenger Debra Entenman by about four points.

Among the races too close to call are the 26th District open Senate seat in Pierce and Kitsap Counties, where Democrat Emily Randall leads Republican Marty McClendon by about one point. In Whatcom County's 42nd, District, GOP Sen. Doug Ericksen, perhaps President Donald Trump's strongest booster in the legislature, leads challenger Pinky Vargas by 132 votes.

The results put Democrats in position to increase their small majorities in the legislature. If the numbers hold, Democrats would pick up seven seats in the House and two in the Senate.

'We think this a victorious night for House Democrats, and we think we will be in better position to pass the priorities that we've heard from our constituents come January,' said Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34), chair of the House Democratic Campaign Committee.

Because of the state's top-two primary system, three districts saw Democrat-versus-Democrat races. In the Eastside's 48th District, Sen. Patty Kuderer easily beat back a challenge by former Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom.

In the 34th District's open race to replace retiring Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson, Microsoft senior manager Joe Nguyen was leading Shannon Braddock, deputy chief of staff for King County Executive Dow Constantine, by a wide margin.

And in the 32nd District, Sen. Maralyn Chase, a longtime LGBT ally, trailed Shoreline Deputy Mayor Jesse Salomon.

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