Once again, good evening from Bellevue. The first presidential debate is behind us, and now we’ll be liveblogging the second Washington gubernatorial debate from Bellevue, between Governor Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Bill Bryant.We will begin…
UPDATE, 8:11 PM (Andrew): That was a great answer from Jay Inslee on what’s needed to address our gun violence epidemic.
UPDATE, 8:12 PM (Andrew): Moving on to education…
UPDATE, 8:14 PM (Andrew): Bryant is doing his best to live up to Jay Inslee’s expectations by being repetitive and negative. He’s offering lots of platitudes, but no education funding plan of his own.
UPDATE, 8:16 PM (Andrew): Inslee: “We need to actually put meat on the bone” when it comes to funding our schools.
UPDATE, 8:17 PM (Andrew): This debate didn’t need an income tax question. Bad use of time.
UPDATE, 8:18 PM (Andrew): Natalie Brand interrupts Bill Bryant repeatedly after he violates debate rules.
UPDATE, 8:18 PM (Rennie): As Bryant claimed Inslee doesn’t have a plan for education, Inslee pointed out new investments in education he has made.
UPDATE, 8:18 PM (Andrew): Inslee has all the more reason to smile now. What a huge fumble by Bryant.
UPDATE, 8:21 PM (Andrew): Inslee once again fact checks Bryant; notes that Bryant doesn’t have a plan and you can’t cut taxes while sustaining public services. Arithmetic matters.
UPDATE, 8:22 PM (Andrew): Inslee says that the public investments in transportation made under his leadership must be protected, and that won’t happen if Bryant replaces him.
UPDATE, 8:22 PM (Rennie): Inslee speaks about closing corporate tax loopholes to fund education and accuses Bryant of wanting to keep the loopholes.
UPDATE, 8:22 PM (Andrew): Light rail moves people, not cars, Governor.
UPDATE, 8:23 PM (Andrew): Bryant doesn’t want to give Inslee even an ounce of credit for the Connecting Washington package. Instead he blames Inslee for “hyperpartisanship”. Whaaaat?
UPDATE, 8:24 PM (Andrew): At least Byrant admits that public transit is a good thing.
UPDATE, 8:25 PM (Andrew): Bryant makes same mistake as Inslee and refers to cars when he meant people. Concludes by saying he opposes ST3.
UPDATE, 8:26 PM (Andrew): Inslee points out that ST3 also includes more Express bus service.
UPDATE, 8:27 PM (Andrew): “I’m for building infrastructure,” Inslee says, noting that Bill Bryant has seemingly changed his positions on tolling and the Alaskan Way viaduct replacement project.
UPDATE, 8:28 PM (Andrew): The candidates are now responding to a question about our homelessness crisis.
UPDATE, 8:30 PM (Andrew): Inslee connecting the dots between rising rents and increased homelessness. Notes that we need more rapid rehousing.
UPDATE, 8:32 PM (Andrew): Bryant admits at the beginning of the campaign, he thought homelessness was “a municipal issue”. It’s an issue at every level, Bill.
UPDATE, 8:33 PM (Andrew): Inslee schools Bryant on homelessness funding.
UPDATE, 8:39 PM (Andrew): Intriguing, novel question for the candidates: What image in the last year that you’ve seen has moved you? Bryant has to go first, and he doesn’t identify a specific image, but rather to photos he’s seen of kids in schools he’s visited, notably charter schools.
UPDATE, 8:41 PM (Andrew): Inslee says the image that sticks in his head is of his grandson Chase Inslee enjoying a blackberry milkshake.
UPDATE, 8:46 PM (Andrew): Inslee genuinely seems to be enjoying himself on stage as he takes questions from the moderator. He’s relaxed, cheerful, happy, diving into policy.
UPDATE, 8:47 PM (Andrew): The candidates are talking about closing the gender pay gap. Inslee was happy to tout his support for equal pay for equal work legislation.
UPDATE, 8:52 PM (Andrew): The candidates are now talking minimum wage. Bryant is trying to defend his opposition to I-1433 while claiming he supports increasing the minimum wage (but only in certain places).
UPDATE, 8:53 PM (Rennie): Bryant only wants regional minimum wage increases and not a state wide increase.
UPDATE, 8:53 PM (Andrew): Hurrah — climate change won in the Microsoft Pulse Poll, so now the candidates will be asked a question about that all important issue.
UPDATE, 8:56 PM (Rennie): Bryant claims to be an environmentalist, but doesn’t want to raise any taxes to pay for efforts to address the issues.
UPDATE, 8:57 PM (Andrew): Asked about I-732, Inslee notes he doesn’t think it’s actually revenue neutral as its sponsors claim. He’s not supporting the initiative. Neither are we.
UPDATE, 8:58 PM (Andrew): Our debate feed just disappeared and has been replaced by Dr. Phil. What the heck, @KING5?
UPDATE, 8:59 PM (Rennie): Bryant has been decidedly on the negative side in attacking Inslee. Inslee was much more positive.