Sen. Mike Padden

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The Washington and Idaho legislatures are different in many ways. Democrats control both chambers in Olympia. Republicans are in charge in Boise.

But the pandemic has united legislators in the two states in one specific way. They’re each working to increase their authority during emergencies by calling themselves into special sessions. 

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Spokane’s legislative delegation will look much the same in 2021 as it did in 2020.

All of the incumbents won their races. The one exception comes in the Fourth District, where Republican Rob Chase will replace a fellow Republican, Matt Shea. Chase defeated Democrat Lance Gurel by about 22 percentage points.

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Thursday’s Washington Supreme Court ruling that struck down the car tabs initiative has brought relief to the people who look for money for transportation projects.

Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs calls the decision “a big win for the city.” He says it can continue to charge vehicle owners a $20-a-year to fund street and pedestrian improvements.

Local legislators say the ruling puts a spotlight on the need to find new ways to fund transportation projects.

Permanent Offense

Spokane area state legislators have mixed feelings about today’s state Supreme Court ruling that the $30 car tab initiative is unconstitutional.

“This is a really serious thing and I’m disappointed," said Spokane Valley Republican Bob McCaslin, a member of the House Transportation Committee.

Washington Senate Republicans

Spokane Valley state Senator Mike Padden is running for another term in Washington’s Fourth Legislative District. The Republican is a former District Court. He’s challenged by Democrat John Roskelley, a former Spokane County Commissioner and world-famous mountaineer.

You can hear our entire interviews with Mike Padden and John Roskelley at our website, but we provide shorter bites here as part of our SPR Voters’ Guide series.

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It’s good to be an incumbent if you’re a state legislator in the Spokane area. Incumbents in the Third, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Districts all advanced beyond Tuesday’s primary election to the November general election.

That also extends to the Fourth District Senate race, where the longtime incumbent, Republican Mike Padden, won a strong majority in a three-way race.

Candidate Interview: Spokane Valley Senator Mike Padden

Jun 24, 2020
Washington State Republican Caucus

We begin a series of summer interviews with Washington legislative candidates who are running in races with three or more candidates. In Spokane's Fourth Legislative district, Republican Senator Mike Padden is seeking a third term. He's challenged by Democrat John Roskelley, whom we'll hear from tomorrow, and Independent Ann Marie Danimus, whom we'll hear from on Friday.

Here's Doug Nadvornick's interview with Mike Padden.