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In his favor, he's a fella, so people are less likely to belittle whatever he does manage to accomplish.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 17, 2013 at 7:48 AM · Report this
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squirrelly stuff = stuff voters support (like no new taxes, no new nanny state programs and yes charter schools).

Even when liberals win in WA state, they lose.
Posted by Frederick the First on January 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM · Report this
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Poppa Jay will follow Papa Bam as another tax lusting lib who immediately dropped his no tax pledge on getting into office.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on January 17, 2013 at 8:36 AM · Report this
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dom,

inslee is being weird on education funding because dan (TESC) evans and bill and melinda (ALEC) gates both (collectively) support charter schools. its really extra ALEC weird down in oly right now. alot of bad shit being hidden. so long as dan evans and bill gates and melinda gates both have jay inslee's ear on this issue, education is in big trouble in this state under his term. they are going to try and privatize it.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2009/fort…

(alot of rolls in that costco picture up there, besides all the alec)

"Bill Gates Sr., co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeff Raikes, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Tony James, COO, Blackstone Group. Middle row, starting behind grill: Richard Galanti, CFO, Costco; Jim Sinegal, CEO, Costco; Rick Libenson, former COO, Price Co. Back row: Jeff Brotman, chairman, Costco; Dan Evans, former U.S. senator and governor.."

http://www.evergreen.edu/annualreport/20…

http://www.evergreen.edu/scholarships/sc…
Posted by tim koch on January 17, 2013 at 8:47 AM · Report this
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MacCrocodile 6
Whenever I feel sad about state politics, I remind myself: hey, at least Rob McKenna isn't governor.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 7
Those four or five old white guys in a diner from that commercial must be furious.
Posted by MacCrocodile http://maccrocodile.com/ on January 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Cascadian 8
The problem in this state as everywhere continues to be the Republican Party and its enablers. If the Democrats had a supermajority then we could complain about their fecklessness. Well, the anti-tax attitude of voters that cuts across party identification is also a huge issue. People want a lot of services without paying for them.

And while the poster @ 4/5 comes off a bit like a conspiracy monger, he's right to put the blame on prominent education "reformers" like Bill Gates. Why we should take public education advice from someone who went to private school his whole life (until he dropped out of college) I have no idea. What we need is equitable and sufficient funding, which will require higher taxes. Gates (or his father, at least) has been good on pushing for more taxes, particularly on the wealthy, so his involvement is not all bad.
Posted by Cascadian on January 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM · Report this
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@6, true that. It's sad that in Washington the governorship is only ever sought seriously by bad Republicans and middling Dems. So long as the GOP doesn't win it, things may not be as bad as they could be, but we'll always be glum they're not better, too.
Posted by gloomy gus on January 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
I voted for option 5, because he has a secret strategy to wear kilts.

But good points about so-called Education Reformers who never participated in public schools at any point, and who actively import foreign degreed people to work for cheap instead of funding local educators.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 17, 2013 at 11:08 AM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 11
@6 Spoilsport. I was looking forward to ogling his wife's rack again.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on January 17, 2013 at 11:57 AM · Report this
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i ain't a conspiracy monger im just joking mostly, but the other ALEC stuff is in fact very true, weirdly enough. this is all just weird old boy chamber of commerce shit. i think its all gay myself, but who am i.

(i am not serious there, ok all yous)

http://www.columbian.com/news/2012/oct/1…
Posted by tim koch on January 17, 2013 at 1:47 PM · Report this
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from the Seattle Weekly*

ok, here:

http://blogs.seattleweekly.com/dailyweek…

Why'd they do it?

Bribery is one possible explanation. To get their victory, Republicans promised their Democratic allies the Senate's top jobs. Tom becomes the new majority leader, Sheldon the president pro tempore. Washington Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz holds a Machiavellian view. Speaking in particular of Tom, he says, "I think it's a power grab by an egotistical politician."

Yet it seems likely that something deeper was at work. Sheldon tells SW that, as a legislator from a rural district (comprised of parts of Mason, Thurston and Kitsap counties), he got tired of the Puget Sound-centrism evident among Democrats. If they remained in control this year, he says, the lion's share of Senate committee chairs would have gone to legislators from either Seattle or Tacoma. Last year, in what he sees as evidence of "insensitivity" to his part of the state, the Democrats proposed a budget that would have cut $1.2 million from the Mason County budget.

Tom tells SW that he still considers himself a "staunch Democrat," but also concedes that he's more fiscally conservative than many in his party. He says Democrats have a "we can't say no to anybody" approach, particularly when it comes to their favorite government-funded programs. "Their first option is just to raise revenue," he complains, adding that they intended to exercise that option this year.

Posted by tim koch on January 17, 2013 at 2:20 PM · Report this
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ALEC = DLC

same difference. the DLC came as a response to ALEC.

and they both are there exclusively to hide a free enterprise chamber of commerce agenda. the word "hide" is key here, "hiding" is what they do best. billions get spent "hiding" what is really going on here. and they get away with it 70% of the time, even here in progressive washington.

but they are definitely NOT in seattle, or olympia where i live either, or so i am told by everyone. ALEC is everywhere else in washington state but these 2 strategic locations. (see, this is how they pull this all off btw) we are all just dumb, they are smart.
Posted by tim koch on January 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM · Report this
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I'm figuring the "progressive" writers of the Stranger will whine at least three times a day!
Posted by Mister G on January 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM · Report this

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