Who is Jay Inslee?
Current job: Governor of Washington
Family: Inslee and his wife Trudi have been married since 1972. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Political party: Democratic
Previous jobs: Member of the US House of Representatives 1993-1995 and 1999-2012, regional coordinator for the Department of Health and Human Services, member of the Washington House of Representatives 1989-1993, lawyer and prosecutor.
Who is Jay Inslee’s direct competition for the nomination?
Based on a recurring series of national surveys we conduct, we can figure out who the other candidates competing in Jay Inslee’s lane are, and who the broader opponents are within the party.
- Jay Inslee’s supporters also tended to be satisfied with broadly popular candidates like Joe Biden,Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
- Warren in particular has a lot of traction among Inslee supporters: the governor has a fanbase that backs Warren at a rate 20 points higher than the general group of Democrats.
INSIDER has been conducting a recurring poll through SurveyMonkey Audience on a national sample to find out how different candidate’s constituencies overlap. We ask people whether they are familiar with a candidate, whether they would be satisfied or unsatisfied with that candidate as nominee, and sometimes we also ask whether they think that person would win or lose in a general election against President Donald Trump.
What are Jay Inslee’s policy positions?
- In 2019, Inslee announced he would be introducing a public option for healthcare in Washington that would allow people to buy into government-subsidized healthcare.
- At the second Democratic debate in July, Inslee said, “we need universal coverage. I’m proud of our state that has done less squabbling and has gotten things done and we were the first state to offer a publicly-sanctioned offer of healthcare for our citizens.”
- He also recently introduced a new private-public initiative to improve children’s health outcomes, including reducing child obesity.
- Last year, Washington led a group of states in successfully suing the Trump administration over their ban on people from certain Muslim-majority nations entering the US.
- Inslee supports DACA, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children and has enabled undocumented students in Washington to receive financial aid.
On climate change:
- Inslee is running as “the climate candidate,” with a progressive campaign rooted in environmental issues. He’s been raising the alarm about climate change for decades, and has taken steps to expand clean energy infrastructure and cut down on fossil fuel reliance in Washington.
- As president, he would aim to bring the United States to be powered by 100% clean energy with net-zero carbon emissions, and invest in green infrastructure to innovate new technologies and create jobs.
- Inslee also wants to advance environmental justice by reducing the disparate impacts of climate change on low-income communities and communities of colour, and end government subsidies to fossil fuel companies.
- At the second Democratic debate in July, Inslee criticised former Vice President Joe Biden’s “middle of the road” climate plan, saying, “Climate change is not a singular issue. It’s all the issues that we Democrats care about. It’s health. It is national security. It is our economy … mildly, average-sized things, are not going to save us. Too little too late is too dangerous.”
- On campaign finance/election reform:
- Inslee is strongly pro-choice. Last year, he signed legislation requiring private insurance companies who cover pre-natal and maternity care in Washington state to also cover abortion procedures.
- He’s also spoken out against the Trump administration’s new revisions to the Title X program which seek to ban any clinics that provide abortion services or referrals from receiving federal funding for family planning care.
- On LGBTQ rights:
- Inslee has opposed diverting public school funding towards privately-owned charter schools.
- As Washington’s governor, he’s pushed for tax increases to expand early childhood education and increase teacher pay.
- Inslee’s “Putting Families First” plan includes guaranteed free or low-cost tuition at public colleges and universities for middle and low-income families.
- A few days after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida, Inslee personally confronted Trump on gun safety issues at the White House.
- In response to the idea of preventing school shootings by arming teachers, Inslee said that educators should “not be foisted upon this responsibility of packing heat in first-grade classes.”
- Back in 1994, Inslee took a political risk by voting for the federal assault weapons ban, which some say contributed to him losing his congressional seat in rural eastern Washington.
- As Governor, Inslee has implemented ballot initiatives raising the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon from 18 to 21, and a “red flag” law which allows law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people who could pose a public safety risk.
On criminal justice reform:
- Inslee oversaw the legalization and regulation of recreational marijuana in Washington state, and retroactively pardoned3,500 Washingtonians with misdemeanour marijuana convictions.
- He also suspended Washington’s use of the death penalty in 2014, and fully eliminated it last year.
- Inslee signed a package of juvenile justice reforms into law in 2018 that removed the requirements for certain minor defendants to be tried as adults and increased funding for diversion programs.
- At the second Democratic debate in July, Inslee said, “I’m proud I was the first governor to offer pardons to thousands of people with drug crimes. We’ve eliminated the death penalty. And importantly, we’ve done this, when people come out of the legal system and they have done their responsibility to the citizens, we need to make sure they can get a job.”
- Inslee, who helped President Bill Clinton design the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the early 1990s, supports free trade and is opposed to the Trump administration’s tariffs.
- In a 2018 op-ed for CNBC, Inslee slammed Trump’s “erratic and unilateral moves” in waging a trade war with China, who he cited as one of Washington state’s most crucial trading partners.
- “About two-thirds of all Washington agricultural exports are destined for Asia … any punitive tariffs to Asian markets are felt deeply in the Evergreen State,” he wrote.
On foreign policy:
- As the governor of a border state, Inslee has held frequent meetings and summits with Canadian leaders from the nearby province of British Columbia and with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017.
- Inslee voted against the Iraq War back in 2002. “I had the judgment, the foresight, the understanding to stand foursquare against it early and forcefully,” he said of his decision.
- On taxes:
On jobs and the economy:
- Inslee has signed legislation that will raise Washington’s minimum wage to $US13.50 an hour by 2020.
- He also recently enacted an expansive new family leave plan which guarantees 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents in Washington.
- In 2017, Inslee introduced the Career Connect Washington initiative, which helps high school students pursue technical and vocational apprenticeships that feed into stable careers as an alternative to four-year college.
- Inslee’s “Working Families First” plan includes guaranteed paid family leave, universal childcare for low and middle-income families, and beefed-up labour protections.
- Inslee is leading an effort to expand rural broadband internet access throughout Washington.
- After the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) eliminated net neutrality nationwide, Inslee worked with legislators to implement net neutrality-style regulations within Washington.
- This legislative session, Inslee is also working on new Internet privacy regulations that said he hopes will be “consistent with innovation and also consistent with fundamental rights of privacy.”
What are Jay Inslee’s biggest political successes?
- Inslee has led the charge on climate issues for years. After the United States pulled out of the Paris Climate Accords, Inslee helped create and lead the US Climate Alliance, a group of 17 governors seeking to achieve the Paris Accords’ goals within their own states.
- Under Inslee’s time as governor, Washington’s economy has been ranked first or second in the nation.
- As chairman of the National Democratic Governors’ Association, Inslee helped flip seven governorships across the country from Republican to Democratic control in the 2018 cycle.
How much money has Jay Inslee raised?
The Inslee campaign reported raising $US2.25 million in the first month of his campaign, which launched on March 1, with 95% of donations under $US100.
In a July 15 FEC filing, the campaign announced they had raised $US3.1 million from 96,400 donors in 2019’s second quarter between April 1 and June 30, and have $US1.2 million cash on hand.
How is Jay Inslee viewed by voters compared to the competition?
INSIDER has conducted a number of other polls to check in on how these candidates are perceived in comparison to one another. When we asked respondents to one poll to rank how far to the left or to the right they considered the candidates, Inslee was generally considered to be one of the more centrist candidates in the field.
Inslee was among the most experienced candidates int the field when we asked respondents to rank the candidates based on how prepared they are for the rigors of the presidency given what they knew about their history of public service and experience with government. And when asked how likable or personable respondents perceived the candidates to be, Inslee emerged towards the middle of the pack.
Could Jay Inslee beat Trump?
Referring back to INSIDER’s recurring poll, Jay Inslee underperforms against President Trump compared to your typical Democrat, according to the people who are familiar with him.
How do Democratic voters feel about Jay Inslee’s qualifications?
INSIDER has conducted polling about how voters feel about candidate attributes or qualifications. We asked respondents about a list of possible qualifications and if they made them more likely or less likely to vote for a candidate for president.
For example, among respondents who said they’d vote in the Democratic primary, 19% said a candidate being a college professor made them likelier to support them, while 4% said it made them less likely to, for a +15% net favorability. We can then see how different candidates’ resumes stack up compared to those preferences.
Attributes perceived as most valuable include position as a Governor (+40%), that he grew up middle class (+36%), and has 20+ years of government service (+21%).
Attributes considered to be a liability based on the preferences of self-reported Democratic voters include his past as a prosecutor (-1%) and that he voted for the 1994 crime bill (-8%).
Read more of our stories on Jay Inslee:
- None of the Democratic candidates even come close on climate change to where voters want them to be
- Some Democrats are already blasting Joe Biden’s reported ‘middle ground’ climate change plan for not going far enough
- Meet Trudi Inslee, presidential candidate Jay Inslee’s wife of 46 years who is working with Pearl Jam to combat homelessness
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