So Nathan Wurtzel tipped me the wink that Jan Angel officially won her state Senate race in Washington State:
Republicans officially win WA State Senate special election in swing district that voted for Obama #gopindisarray
— Nathan Wurturkeyzel (@NathanWurtzel) November 8, 2013
…and I went to look it up I got reminded of something: the Washington state GOP is playing a pretty good coalition game over there.
[Senate Majority Leader Rodney] Tom and his coalition that runs the Senate will welcome Republican Jan Angel as the group’s 26th member. Democrat Nathan Schlicher conceded the 26th District race Thursday after Angel’s lead widened to 1,543 votes on the third day of counting ballots.
Today, one vote is all that keeps the majority in the hands of 23 Republicans plus Democrats Tom of Medina and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch. Losing a single member risks allowing Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, a Democrat, to step in to break a 24-to-24 tie.
Let me refresh your memory on this one: back in December of 2012 the two Democrats traded caucusing with the GOP in exchange for the Democrats getting the leadership roles in the caucus; the Republicans got to get the good state senate chairmanships and the majority floor leader position. That last bit is important because that’s the guy who decides which bills go to which committees, which is another way of saying that no bill gets voted on unless the Washington State GOP likes it. It was, in other words, an EPIC betrayal of the Democratic party. To the best of my knowledge, the current majority caucus is perfectly fine with the deal, and have no desire to alter it further; but I suspect that the two Democrats in leadership are keeping it firmly in mind that now is not a good time to rock the Republicans’ boat…