Stranger Election Control Board A Few More Thoughts on Tonight’s Results
posted by November 6 at 23:22 PMon
• Holy crap, roads and transit! You got creamed. I was expecting a much closer race, but—barring a miracle—it wasn’t even close. We won’t know for a few weeks what exactly to make of the numbers—whether it went down hardest in anti-rail suburbs, for example, or pro-transit, anti-roads areas like Seattle’s 43rd and 46th legislative districts—but it’s pretty clear that this wasn’t the package voters wanted. It was too big and too divisive, and hopefully the people who craft a replacement will have learned their lesson by the next time. (I would prefer, of course, that that lesson be: No more roads expansion; money for neighborhood streets, safety and maintenance; and more money for rail NOW, rather than in 20 years—but that’s just me.) In any case, I think one lesson is definitely that an $18 billion, 50-year package is simply too big to pass—especially when, as with this package, it doesn’t fully fund all the projects it includes, meaning that voters will have to pay tolls or additional taxes to finish major projects like SR-520.
• Speaking of voters being against big tax increases, the apparent victory of Tim Eyman’s I-960 (which would require a two-thirds majority in the legislature to pass any tax increase) and the apparent defeat of HR 4204 (allowing school levies to pass by a simple majority, rather than a supermajority) seemed to speak to voters’ antitax mood. Interestingly, however, those same seemingly conservative voters were siding with trial lawyers over insurance companies in passing R-67 decisively, 56 to 44.
• Darlene Flynn got swept out of the school board in yet ANOTHER anti-incumbent tide. I don’t cover school board politics regularly, but doesn’t it seem like we have one of these every single election? Yeah, I know the school system has its problems, but Flynn seemed like she was trying to be part of the solution. Yet I know lots of people who voted for her victorious opponent, Sherry Carr, because they were just “in an anti-incumbent mood.”
• It’s interesting that Venus Velazquez and incumbent David Della were losing by almost identical margins. That could be a coincidence, but I wonder how much overlap there is between supporters of Tim Burgess (who appears to be winning against Della) and of Bruce Harrell (Velazquez’s opponent for Peter Steinbrueck’s seat)?