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Friday, November 30, 2007

State Sen. Margarita Prentice Likely to Face Challenger, Juan Martinez

posted by on November 30 at 13:50 PM

Several sources who watch politics in Olympia confirm that Juan Martinez, who works with the left-of-center Washington Tax Fairness Coalition, is planning to challenge State Senator Margarita Prentice (D-11, S. and West Seattle, International District, Burien, Renton, SeaTac and Tukwila).

Prentice, the chair of the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, irked liberals last session by defending PayDay loan companies like Money Tree (and thwarting legislation to regulate the industry.) She was also Olympia’s loudest Sonics booster. In a sign that’s not such a popular stance in her district, Kathy Keolker, Renton’s mayor, who also supported the Sonics subsidy, lost her election this November.

Martinez, who has not returned my call, may have fired his first shot in the campaign on Wednesday when he published an editorial in the PI against Tim Eyman’s 1 percent property tax cap —which the legislature resuscitated and made law on Thursday.

Sen. Prentice was the lone Seattle Senator to vote for the 1 percent cap yesterday. (She was also a co-sponsor.)

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Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Margarita. Time for her to go.

Posted by tiptoe tommy | November 30, 2007 2:10 PM
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Way to go, Juan!
Prentice wants to tax the poor to give $$$$ to rich Sonics owners and players, defends payday lenders and is pro Tim Eyman!
Meanwhile, Juan MArtinez puts his money where his mouth is, working for the Tax Fairness coalition.

Juan, where do we send you money?

Posted by unPC | November 30, 2007 2:15 PM
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Hey Josh did she back Sherman? Who did Kline back? How about Chopp?


Make a chart for us.

Posted by whatever | November 30, 2007 2:30 PM
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Hmmm, wonder if he'd accept a check written with my Margarita Prentice pen ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 30, 2007 2:35 PM
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I hear Senator Moneytree's support base is moving to Oklahoma City.

Posted by J.R. | November 30, 2007 2:40 PM
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Kathy Keolker would have won if Renton had landed the Sonics - unfortunately for her that didn't happen and she wasn't able to play the hero.

It wasn't the backing of the Sonics deal that hurt her, it was the fact that Renton ended up not getting the Sonics that hurt her.

Posted by Willis | November 30, 2007 2:41 PM
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Vote for Juan.

Again, where do I send my check?

Posted by Vote4Juan | November 30, 2007 3:14 PM
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Woo hoo1

Buh bye Senator Moneytree!

Posted by Mike of Renton | November 30, 2007 3:49 PM
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Kathy Keolker's supporters also included at least six labor unions, the WA Conservation Voters, Governor Christine Gregoire (pictured with her on her website) and countless other Democratic elected officials. She was truly the Democratic candidate for mayor. So, the fact that Margarita Prentice backed a Democrat who lost to a Republican challenger means that Prentice is in trouble in a Democratic primary? Huh?! That's an unsophisticated analysis. There was much more to that campaign than the Sonics. Is Gregoire also at risk of being challenged by Martinez because she, too, has supported the Sonics and not sought the abolition of payday lending? When Juan Martinez gave his last recorded campaign contribution (out of apparently only three in his lifetime according to the PDC), in 2006 to Stephanie Pure, he was living on Eastlake Ave. in Seattle. Prentice ought to send him a welcome mat to welcome him to his new district!

Posted by Bob | November 30, 2007 4:06 PM
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Hey Bob:

Go ahead, help Sen. Prentice go ugly early with the personal attacks. She thinks spending hundreds of millions on millionaire basketball players is cool. Lots of us say that's shitty.
she says payday lenders are cool. We say hell no, thy need regulation.
She says Tim Eyman's ideas are cool.
Lots of us say they're shitty.
Obviously you and perhaps other Sen. Prentice defenders can't talk about these real issues -- the Sonics, payday lenders and helping Eyman -- so the plan to resort to personal attacks.
That's also shitty.

Posted by unPC | November 30, 2007 4:51 PM
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Bye Bye "Payday Prentice"

Posted by TrueBlue | November 30, 2007 6:07 PM
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From: Tim Eyman, I-747 co-sponsor

All credit for what happened in Olympia yesterday goes to the citizens.

Voter pressure put on legislators over the past three weeks (and frankly over the past 10 years) made the difference. Nothing like having 5 state supreme justices calling the people stupid to motivate and galvinize the support of the 58% of the people who approved I-747 (and a whole lot of the 42% who voted no but who have come to rely on its taxpayer protections). It was a huge 200,000 vote margin. Under the court's theory, then, 100,000 voters voted yes, but 'mistakenly' voted yes (because of some magical hypnotism or voodoo, i suppose) when they would have voted no if only they had known 'the truth'. Unbelievably absurd.

As for Adam Kline, he is fantastic. The media loves conflict and he and I provide lots of it. But the reality is that when he looks at me, he gets angry because he sees himself. Same aggressiveness, bombacity, and media whorishness. Different political philosophy, sure (he wants government to have 100% of taxpayers' paychecks), but the tactics are identical. No, don't think for a second that I don't like and appreciate him and accept him as he is. What's not to admire about his aggressiveness and yes, rudeness -- civility is overrated. He believes in what he's doing and he's working the press to get his message to the people. It's the challenge we all face when dealing with a manytimes lazy press.

The problem is that his philosophy didn't have the support of the people (58%), his colleagues in the state house (91%) nor his colleagues in the senate (81%). Every Republican and probably 80% of elected Democrats, including tax-hiking Democrat Gregoire, voted against his philosophy.

I didn't call the special session, Democrat Governor Gregoire did. I didn't write the bill, his Democrat colleagues did. I didn't vote for their bill, his Democrat colleagues did. He called me names, but the reality is he really wanted to call Gregoire and his Democrat colleagues those names but that'd hurt his own party so he does some gratuitous Eyman-bashing to try to keep the D's base energized. Not a bad strategy if you think your base is stupid and won't recognize the hollowness of his tactic. But again, he's playing with the cards he's been dealt and making the best of it.

Posted by Tim Eyman, I-747 co-sponsor | November 30, 2007 11:44 PM
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This has been brewing for months now. Every active Democrat who I know who has talked to Juan, including me, has told him he couldn't possibly be this stupid.

Margarita will beat him like a drum, upside down and sideways. If Juan gets 40 percent of the vote he can call it a moral victory. Margarita has built years of political capital in the 11th District, where I'll bet not a single commenter on this thread lives.

Payday lending and the Sonics are two issues out of thousands that a state legislator has to deal with, especially the chair of Senate Ways and Means.

If all you know about how she has helped the people in her District is what you read in the Stranger, I can't help that. I don't agree with her position on those two issues either. So what? That's hardly all there is.

Anybody who thinks Margarita is caving to Tim Eyman is a damn fool. She *hates* Eyman, Dino Rossi, and the lot of them. But she will write a more equitable property tax package on her schedule, and not on Josh Feit's schedule or on Juan Martinez' schedule.

Posted by ivan | November 30, 2007 11:57 PM
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Ivan--Margarita is a shell of what she once was. The 11th deserves far better than what she provides. She had built political capital over the years. But as of late she hasn't earned it. All too often lately she is on the side of Olympia lobbyists, not the people of her district.

Time for a change. I don't buy the argument that in a one-party town, we shouldn't challenge incumbents. Take a good hard look at Margarita's voting record before you decide.

Posted by tiptoe tommy | December 1, 2007 12:11 AM
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Tommy;

Talk to the people in the 11th District, not to me. They're not throwing her over for this guy.

Posted by ivan | December 1, 2007 6:55 AM
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whoever doorbells the mostest and the bestest will win.

be nice if pay-day lending and raising the sales tax to pay sports billionaires their welfare were issues, but the bottom line is,

doorbelling beats mailers.

ask Cynthia Sullivan and Bob Ferguson, if you don't believe it

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