Andrew Garber (Seattle Times):
State Democratic lawmakers have a revolt on their hands among major labor groups that provide the party crucial support during elections.--State Democratic lawmakers have a revolt on their hands among major labor groups that provide the party crucial support during elections.
The Washington State Labor Council, the Service Employees International Union and unions representing teachers and state workers have either stopped or sharply reduced donations to Democratic caucus political-action committees that back candidates for the state House and Senate.
"I think the labor movement is more serious about withholding support from Democratic candidates this year than I have seen in my 30 years in politics," said Dwight Pelz, chairman of the state Democratic Party.It's not clear what groups are involved in the effort. Union officials wouldn't acknowledge or discuss the request.
Bender said he had not seen the document but noted "there has been some pretty in-depth discussion about potentially going down that path on a number of races. Nothing has been determined yet, but that could very likely happen."
In the upcoming legislative session "there are people who will have to get off a fence this year and grow some courage," said David Rolf, president of Service Employees International Union Local 775.
He added, "if some of the less courageous Democrats ended up not returning to the House or Senate, that would produce a much more favorable environment overall."