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.

Now We Know Who Spent Big to Try to Save Herrera Beutler

These are professional Republican operatives looking to take the House for the GOP.

Department of Truck-Size Loopholes: Campaign Cash is Gushing in the Legislature

This is basically pure special-interest money, raised $1,000 at a time from willing donors eager to court influence with powerful committee chairs and leaders in the Legislature.

Where the Money is Flowing to Local Campaigns

It's not easy to follow this last-minute money. The money behind Conservatives for a Stronger America is still anonymous, hidden behind the same Massachusetts-based consultant, Charles Gantt.

A Little D on D Action: Why Campaign Money is Pouring into a Safe Democratic District

This is essentially an expensive live-fire test of whether this kind of moderate-on-progressive challenge can work, and of the premise that progressives.

Coming Attractions: Weed Against Taxes on Weed

The pot industry argues that the state’s already high tax on cannabis makes it difficult to compete with the illegal market.

Limited Liability, Maximal Cash: The LLC’s (and Others) Giving to Local Campaigns

Real estate developers frequently create a new LLC for each project for entirely solid business reasons. But in a political context, the practice has the effect of allowing them to become super-donors.

How the GOP Hopes to Retake the State House

Note that the pollsters include the incumbents’ race in the description. The district is nearly 65 percent white and less than 3 percent black. They also included voting-record messaging designed to fire up tax-averse voters and folks on the rightward half of the broad argument over law enforcement policy. 

Winners and Winners in the Short Session of the State Legislature

The teachers' union and its PAC spent $3.75 million on campaigns in the 2020 cycle. With a haul of more than half a billion dollars from the Legislature this year alone, that looks like money well spent.

Democrats Dream Big for State Transportation

With no need to court Republican votes, Democratic transportation leaders wrote a spending plan much more focused on transit and non-driving forms of transportation than previous plans.

Political Quake: What Seattle Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s Decision not to Seek Reelection in 2022 Means

There was some talk that Carlyle might face a challenge from the Left in 2022, but given the progressive victories in the Legislature, which Carlyle voted for, it's not clear a challenger would have much to run on.

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