Washington State

Washington Could Be Key Battleground for Women in Both Parties
Female Democrats could emerge as challengers in all four GOP-held House seats

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Democratic target this year in Washington’s 5th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With a surge of female House candidates across the country, Washington is emerging as a key battleground for women on both sides of the aisle. 

All four of the state’s Republican-held districts could have female Democratic challengers following next week’s primary. And two of those Republican targets are women. 

New Member: Jayapal Succeeds McDermott in Washington’s 7th District
McDermott is retiring after 14 terms in Congress

Jayapal will succeed Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott. (Photo courtesy Pramila Jayapal Facebook page)

Democrat Pramila Jayapal will defeat fellow Democrat Brady P. Walkinshaw in Washington’s 7th District, The Associated Press projects. 

Jayapal led Walkinshaw 57 percent to 43 percent with 65 percent of precincts reporting. 

Orlando Massacre Renews Gun Debates Already Raging in States
Bills in California and several other states expected to be closely watched on the Hill

Joshua Knight pays his respects to the Pulse nightclub shooting at a memorial in front the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Orlando nightclub massacre is expected to bring renewed attention to debates over proposed gun safety measures already raging in California and a handful of other states.  

California lawmakers will vote today on a dozen bills that would tighten the state's gun restrictions, which are already among the toughest in the country. A Washington state measure that would allow judges to temporarily block people with violent tendencies from buying handguns is expected to appear on the ballot in November. And voters in Maine and Nebraska will vote on measures meant to close loopholes in background checks required for gun purchases.