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Monday, January 14, 2013

Republicans Officially Seize Control of Partisan State Senate

Posted by on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

No, it's not really news, since it was a foregone conclusion. But here's hoping our local daily's editorial board follows the lead of its newsroom in describing what really happened in Olympia today:

Republicans officially took control of the state Senate on Monday after voting down a Democratic proposal to split power down the middle.

Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, and Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, crossed party lines to give the GOP a 25-24 majority. They call themselves the Majority Coalition Caucus.

That's right. They call themselves the "Majority Coalition Caucus." They can call themselves anything they want. But that's not who really controls the state Senate. The Republicans control the state Senate. And any effort to present this as anything but Republican control is an intentional effort to deceive.


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Goldy, what is the word on that question about procedure which suggests that Tom has to become Republican?
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 14, 2013 at 3:44 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 3

Two thirds want tax control.

Only the Republican Coalition can meet the will of the vote.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on January 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM · Report this
So what is the procedure for filing recall election petitions against Tom and Sheldon ? Even if these are unsuccessful, it will create stress and distraction for both of them.
Posted by The Shadow Blows on January 14, 2013 at 4:07 PM · Report this
Goldy 5
@2 Senate majority can change the rules anyway it wants.

@4 No avenue for recall. Only malfeasance or misconduct.
Posted by Goldy on January 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Yes, Goldy, we know. You lost. And now you get to whine for at least two years. This will be great fun. Now, I still believe the true professional whiners are wingnuts, but I'd remind everyone that the Olympics are for amateurs. I'm sure the "progressives" will do quite well in the whinefest to come.
Posted by Mister G on January 14, 2013 at 4:26 PM · Report this
By the way, the very best outcome would be for Tom to run next time as an independent. I think this would draw some other independents out of the woodwork, especially on the west side of the mountains away from Seattle. It's pretty obvious that the Democrats are a joke in state government, but that the Republicans can't be trusted.

So, an independent group that would keep both sides in line would be the best outcome. Oh, and Seattle whining "progressives," always remember that 64.5% of this state's voters, including majorities in every county including King, voted for Tim Eyman's I-1185. Yep, it chaps your liberal asses. Tough shit.
Posted by Mister G on January 14, 2013 at 4:31 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 8
Like anyone in Medina would be a Democrat.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on January 14, 2013 at 4:33 PM · Report this
@8 I know several and isn't Bil Gates one
Posted by Seattle14 on January 14, 2013 at 6:20 PM · Report this
Something tells me that the Democrats of Medina are generally happy with the guy, regardless of what those "progressives" who packed the latest town hall meeting might imagine otherwise.
Posted by Mister G on January 14, 2013 at 7:14 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 11
@10 - That "something" sounds suspiciously like your own opinion. Please, explain your insight into this matter. For example, how many of the "progressives" (sic) in that meeting were from Medina? No idea, right?
Posted by Free Lunch on January 14, 2013 at 7:57 PM · Report this
DOUG. 12
Nice job, Ed Murray.
Posted by DOUG. on January 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM · Report this

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