News School Levies: The Good News & The Bad News
posted by November 12 at 16:33 PMon
It’s true, 4204, the simple majority for school levies, might actually pass.
Currently, the measure is about 1,036 votes behind. There are something like 58,000 votes still left to count in King County, where the measure is up 58-41 and where the spread on each successive batch keeps breaking more heavily in favor of the measure. King County will announce its next count tomorrow at 4:30pm.
Additionally, while the measure remains behind in other counties, the deficit is generally shrinking with each successive return. In Pierce County, for example, 4204 was losing with 44.9 percent after the first returns. However, with successive batches in isolation coming in at 45.3, 46.6, 48.7, 49.9, and the latest batch actually ahead 50.3, the measure has ticked up to 46.7 percent overall. Counts like that can’t hurt.
There’s a sense that squeaking out a victory here will change the “take away” from last week’s election. Currently, the conventional wisdom is that the GOP scored a bit of vengeance on Tuesday: Yes to a rainy day fund (a GOP idea, coopted by the Dems last session and sent to the voters); No new taxes for transportation; Yes to Tim Eyman’s no new taxes without a two-thirds vote; Republican Dan Satterberg over Democrat Bill Sherman for KC Prosecutor; and again, the No on the simple majority for school levies.
I’m not convinced that eking out a win on school levies is significant. Nor am I much convinced that last Tuesday was a harbinger for a GOP renaissance. With a decisive win in a fight between two competing core ideologies from each party —consumer protection vs. the magic of the free market—the trial lawyers walloped the insurance industry, 56-43 (Referendum 67).
As to the significance of the school levy issue: Shrug. We endorsed it, but I can’t say we we’re chilling the champagne about it. It’s not like school levies have much of a problem passing around here anyway. And, as SECB member Annie Wagner pointed out during our deliberations, the levies are just a way of helping the state abdicate its fucking responsibility (Annie has such a juvenile vocabulary) to fund schools. So yeah, go go go you Democrats.