Paul Queary

Paul Queary, a veteran AP reporter and editor, is founder of The Washington Observer, an independent newsletter on politics, government and the influence thereof in Washington State.

Political Consultant Firm Files for Bankruptcy and the Details are Juicy

On Monday, Strategies 360, which is one of the largest public affairs and communications firms in the West, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Who’s Raising Money for Next Year’s Statewide Contests

Dave Reichert pulled in $301K in October, compared to just $80K for Mark Mullet.

Election 2023: Where the Big Election Money Did and Didn’t Go

The only Seattle City Council incumbent who looks to survive is Dan Strauss, who represents the Ballard-centered 6th District. Strauss’s opponent, Pete Hanning, did poorly in the August primary and didn’t draw the kind of independent support that other challengers did.

Olympia Report: Statewide Races and a Shortfall in Housing Revenue

Gubernatorial races polling to find issues that resonate, and why the entrance of Jamie Herrera Beutler into the land commissioner's race might fizzle.

Where Builders are Investing in Spokane and Seattle Politics

Builders are typically looking for favorable climates to build things, and generally oppose things like rent control, requirements for affordable units, and high construction impact fees. All three of the candidates they’re backing face progressives who are likely to embrace those ideas. 

How You Can Tell Spokane’s Mayoral Race is Getting Serious

Billboards went up recently painting Brown and Betsy Wilkerson, a city council member running for council president, as soft on crime. 

Olympia Report: Candidates Crowd State Land Commissioner Race

It looks like a crowd on the leftward edge of the race that would seem to benefit Kevin Van De Wege, who figures to be the choice of timber industry interests who would prefer more industry-friendly management of the state’s forests.

Mark Mullet Gets Some Campaign Cash, and Other Olympia News

The biggest question about Mullet’s campaign is whether he’s got a real shot to get out of next August’s primary, given the presence of Attorney General Bob Ferguson and former U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert. 

Olympia Merry Go Round: Fergie’s Media Coup, State Education Czar

Look for Bob Ferguson to get a solid two cycles of good pub out of this, for which the Ferguson campaign will spend exactly nothing.

Ferguson Surges in Campaign Cash

Ferguson’s fundraising machine is working to create a sense of inevitability among the political donor class in aid of choking off the flow of money to opposition campaigns. With just under a year before the 2024 primary, he’s got a nearly 7-1 advantage.