The Washington State Democrats are worried that they are going to lose the majority in the state House come November, according to a recent fundraising email. Of course, Democrats should be worried.
There are quite a few state House Democrats who are vulnerable in 2016. According to a statewide survey by Elway Research, “Sixty percent of voters said they want it to take a supermajority vote in the legislature to raise taxes. An even larger 65 percent said they want the legislature to send voters a constitutional amendment to implement the tax restriction policy if the state Supreme Court strikes down Initiative 1366.”
Well, Democrats have already taken steps to dash the expectations of voters. This week, House Democrats blocked the possibility of bringing a bill that would establish a [time and time again] voter-approved supermajority vote to raise taxes in the state Legislature.
As Shift reported, there are 20 Democrat House members who represent districts that supported I-1366 in 2015. Four of those districts have split representation in the House, one Republican and one Democrat—making those Democrats extra-tempting campaign targets for the GOP.
The Democrats representing these districts are already squirming over the prospect of having to vote on I-1366 and/or raising taxes this session. They include Christine Kilduff (28th District, in Pierce County), Chris Hurst (31st District, straddling King and Pierce County), Hans Dunshee (44th District in Snohomish County) and Democrat House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (47th District, King County).
If these Democrats have any sense of self-preservation, they should think about creating some distance between themselves and the sort of Seattle-style, extreme Left agenda set by state House Speaker Frank Chopp.
You can check out the email below.
SGM Bob says
You an bet your last penny that I won’t vote for a Democrat in November. They have worn out their welcome.