The current state House has the worst known voting record on environmental issues, says Ed Zuckerman of Washington Conservation Voters. The damage might have been worse, he adds, but anti-environment bills were often blocked by the narrowly Democratic Senate or vetoed by the governor himself.
Only one race in November seems relatively sure: Washington's new governor probably will be King County official Gary Locke, a Democrat who won 24 percent of the vote during the state's all-party primary on Sept. 17. His Republican contender, Ellen Craswell, finished third behind another Democrat, Seattle Mayor Norm Rice. Craswell doesn't stand a chance in November, says the Sierra Club's Bill Arthur, even though "she did an incredible job organizing the religious right." He doubts her fundamentalist views will appeal to a broader audience: "Is there room on Ellen's ark for you?" he quips.
On the ballot: U.S. SENATE: no races. U.S. HOUSE: 1st District - Rick White (R-incumb.) vs. Jeff Coopersmith (D); 2nd District - Jack Metcalf (R-incumb.) vs. Kevin Quigley (D); 3rd District - Linda Smith (R-incumb.) vs. Brian Baird (D); 4th District - Richard "Doc" Hastings (R-incumb.) vs. Rick Locke (D); 5th District - George Nethercutt (R-incumb.) vs. Judy Olson (D); 6th District - Norm Dicks (D-incumb.) vs. Bill Tinsley (R); 7th District - Jim McDermott (D-incumb.) vs. Frank Kleschan (R); 8th District - Jennifer Dunn (R-incumb.) vs. Dave Little (D); 9th District - Randy Tate (R-incumb.) vs. Adam Smith (D). GOVERNOR: Ellen Craswell (R) vs. Gary Locke (D). "Elizabeth Manning