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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

Two thirds want tax control.

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

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ 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
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
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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