How suddenly big money special interests strike and state bureaucrats cave. That is the impression I develop of the disturbing mess in Washington State. We expect my home state, Alabama, to be completely backwards on transportation. It is another matter when a supposedly progressive and modern government turns its back on the people.
My other observation, from way down in Arkansas, is that Washington State, where I lived (Spokane) from 1979 to 1983 has a vibrant two party system and a highly educated electorate. There is a possibility for reform which does not exist in many locations.