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Friday, January 12, 2007

Let’s Go to the Video Tape

posted by on January 12 at 17:15 PM

I originally posted this at 3:30 today, but there’s an update from the House Democrats now.

The state GOP just sent out a press release trying to hype three Democratic bills to characterize the entire D agenda to show that the Democrats are out of touch with voters who are clamoring for action on kitchen table issues.

Here’s the press release:

Week One of Democrats’ Agenda in Olympia: State income tax, gay marriage and pay raises for themselves. State Republican Chairman Diane Tebelius today said that week one of the Democrats’ agenda is “not what the people of Washington want,” and that top issues like the transportation budget shortfall and education “have taken a backseat to a state income tax, gay marriage and pay raises for state legislators.”

“The Democrats are showing their true colors,” said Tebelius, “The Democrats have created their own mandate to impose a state income tax, redefine marriage, and increase their own paychecks while ignoring the real priorities of transportation, education, and the state’s long-term fiscal health.”

“Instead of top priorities, this is what we got during week one of the Democrats in control,” said Tebelius:

Sen. Rosa Franklin introduces a state income tax,
Sen. Ed Murray and Rep. Jamie Pedersen introduce a gay marriage bill,
Sen. Majority Leader Lisa Brown and other Democrats lobby for higher pay from the citizens panel that oversees pay raises for the governor and state legislators. The panel is recommending the largest pay increases in the past 20 years, including a 10 percent raise for the governor.

Nice try. But let’s take a just at a cursory glance at a basic like education. In just one week, there’s already a list of 26 bills in play about schools including the major D priority—changing the levy hurdle from supermajority public vote to simple majority public vote. Also on the list: low-income student aid; standards accountability measures; and expanding highschool completion programs.

I ran Tebelius’s press release by the Dems and laughing (and pointing out the gay marriage bill hasn’t even been filed and the pay increase wasn’t proposed by the Democrats) they hyped three priority bills that are already on the fast track:

a drug co-payment bill for seniors; a

health care coverage bill for children; and a bill to

outlaw PBDEs.

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Besides, for many of the voters who wanted a Democratic majority, gay marriage IS a top issue. Those GOPs sure are sore losers.

Posted by Baxter | January 12, 2007 4:03 PM

This press release simply begs the real question:

Why is Diane Tebulous a wrong wing, Nazi bitch?


If you start treating me and my partner like human beings, I'll learn to spell your ridiculous last name, which is undermining the sanctity of spelling logic.

Posted by Original Andrew | January 12, 2007 4:21 PM

Geez, if this is the best shot the GOP has on the D's this week, looks like the majority party will have an easy time of it. (If I were in Luke Esser's shoes, I'd be showing this example of lame around the state committee; could only help gather votes)

Posted by Roger on Beacon Hill | January 12, 2007 5:40 PM

I say good on Diane. Keep up the good work. If that's all she can talk about- dissing the Dems instead of proposing things to propel the GOP state party forward, the R's will continue to remain in the wilderness. Maybe they can take some comments from the Prayer Warrior as well.

Posted by Dave Coffman | January 12, 2007 9:22 PM

The REAL Democrat agenda is neatly summed up by SB 5022. It would give King County an additional sales tax, to spend on a viaduct or the floating bridge work. Never mind that no design has been chosen for either, and that the balance of the financing for the work will be overweighted towards sales taxes to begin with. Ken Jacobsen (the bill’s sponsor) also has zero idea what the impacts on his North Seattle constituents will end up being from either project. He just wants to slam all of King County with additional neverending sales taxes for either or both of whatever those projects turn out to be. What an asshat.

Posted by A Pox on Both Their Houses | January 13, 2007 8:15 AM

Voters at the ballot box have already repudiated the Republican's lack of vision and misplaced priorites in dealing with real problems.

Democrats are putting many ideas on the table in Olympia. If all the Republican Party can do is take a few bills out of many, not even know who introduced them, or if they even had been introduced, and still try to use them to falsely represent the larger Democratic Agenda, then it only reinforces the rightness of the voter's decision to vote Democratic in the first place.

Posted by Steve Zemke NMajorityRulesBlog | January 13, 2007 12:09 PM

Does Josh Feit only bite one hand that feeds him?

Posted by Same old, same old | January 13, 2007 6:49 PM

It's sad when the Red Bushies can't even come up with anything that connects with real Americans. Very sad. Just like Bush's obession with Iraq Iran Afghanistan ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 14, 2007 6:05 PM

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