Politics Oly Folly, Year 2
posted by March 10 at 11:09 AMon
In yesterday’s post about disgruntled Democrats condemning House Speaker Frank Chopp (D-BIAW) for snuffing out Sen. Brian Weinstein and Rep. Brendan Williams’s homebuyers’ rights bill, a commenter (“Young Dem”) wrote:
It’s an election year. You should do a big exposť on these trojan horse democrats and on Chopp. No wonder the House has failed on so many issues important to progressives. For the past four years they’ve apparently had the building industry and the business lobbyists running their agenda!
That’s a good idea, Young Dem.
In the meantime, (sigh) check out this story I did last year at this time as the Democratic-majority session came to a close: “Misled: Democrats Have a Supermajority in Olympia. Progressive Legislation Is Being Killed. Who’s Blocking the Democratic Agenda? Seattle’s Frank Chopp, Speaker of the House.”
When this ran last year, Chopp was super pissed, and his sycophantic colleagues, who were more than happy to criticize him off the record, cheered him in caucus when he ridiculed the story.
Chopp was short-sighted to be pissed about a story like that. He should have peddled it east of the mountains as proof that, despite the “43rd District” tag by his name, he doesn’t represent Seattle.
In addition to the homebuyers’ rights bill (which the arch-conservative Building Industry Association of Washington, BIAW, killed) what else died this session:
And that’s just a cursory Top-10 list of the bills I’ve been keeping track of this session.
Meanwhile, the legislature expanded the state’s right to get DNA samples, overruled King County’s right to enact local health code standards, and killed a bill to pass a progressive tax credit for working families.
Certainly, all of this can’t be laid entirely at Speaker Chopp’s feet. The Section 8 bill, for example, sailed through the House only to get bogged down in the Senate. And Chopp has made a stand for additional funding for low-income housing.
But his blatant sop to the BIAW on the homebuyers’ rights legislation is totally embarrassing.