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.

State Democrats Gamble and Kick Redistricting to the Supremes

So what will the Supremes do with this task, which they never asked for and likely don’t really want? Well, they might go looking for a map that checks the boxes in the law.

Gov. Inslee Deftly Offloads Steve Hobbs, a Moderate Nuisance

Inslee’s move has the likely effect of replacing Hobbs -- a maverick centrist who has bucked Inslee and progressives within his own caucus on a variety of issues -- with someone more ideologically aligned with the governor and other Senate Democrats.

Day-After, Mixed Takeaways

Several citywide campaigns this year focused heavily on harvesting the four $25 coupons issued to every registered voter in Seattle. Two who did were soundly beaten by more conventional campaigns centered on direct mail and advertising.

Are Dow Constantine Supporters Starting to Worry?

Barely eking out a win against a progressive challenger on his home turf wouldn’t make “Constantine for Governor 2024” roll off the tongue.

The Maps Are In: Let The Redistricting Wars Begin

The Republican maps signal ambition to win back recently lost territory. The map proposed by former Rep. Paul Graves, representing the House Republicans, is the most aggressive of the four in terms of displacing incumbents. He would move a whopping 25 Democrats out of their districts.

Meet NTK: Unknown Candidate to City Attorney Frontrunner

Elections have consequences, and changes in how we pay for and conduct politics likewise have consequences.

Primary takeaways: Vouchers not Votes, Endorsements and Money Dominate

The democracy-voucher program, combined with other changes in the city’s campaign finance laws, have essentially moved a big chunk of the political spending in municipal elections onto the taxpayers’ dime. Meanwhile, the vouchers themselves are a kind of pseudo-money that has no other value to the holder. Persuading people to part with them is apparently much easier than asking for real cash. Such a change was bound to have some unintended consequences.

Big Dog, No Hunt: What a Seattle Mayor’s Race Without Corporate Money Looks Like

Regardless of where you come down on the free-speech rights of giant corporations, here’s why you should care about this: Taking a million dollars of political money out of a campaign is going to help somebody. The interesting questions are who, and why.

Realtors Spend Big On State Elections

Realtors are aggressive about promoting their own members who aspire to political office, under the argument that Realtors will back Realtor-friendly policies. That’s typically where you see the eye-popping contribution numbers from the national group.

Meet Lisa Mennet, a Wealthy Local Who Writes Big Checks for Democratic Causes

Mennet gave the party $300,000 last month, according to the PDC, more than half of ithe party's 2021 haul thus far. That’s an unusually large donation, especially for an odd-numbered year.

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