Welcome to the First Day of the Special Session

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So the vile and virulent Republican Cancer has arrived and infected Washington State.

This is a horrible sickness, guys. Look at Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and Florida. All those "personhood" bills, vaginal ultrasounds, "right to work" (for nothing) laws...they're coming.

godess save us.
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Ok it sucks what the GOP did but let's not over react. The GOP here won't be the GOP in Wisconsin, first of all they don't have control over the entire legislative body.

Also if you listen to McKenna talk to his supporters he makes clear that he can't be super extreme because of the strong Democratic traditions here in the state.
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And here we have yet another illustration of how the simple goal of driving the government into the ditch is so much more easily achieved than any constructive goal; It is aided by inertia, incompetence, and indifference.

In fact the worse the elected representatives of the Party of Collapse behaves, the more their central message "don't trust the government" is reinforced.
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I just don't see how this helps the republicans. The public is not exactly in love with parliamentary games and secret bills. Hell that's a big reason why health care reform polls so poorly.

It's not like there is some major issue they can point to in order to justify this.

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Frank Chopp has been running the House with an Iron Democratic partisan hand for years. Lobbyists dont even have meetings with House Republicans because they are so isolated and weak in the House.

Maybe the Senate GOPer are exercising a little payback.
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@2, you're looking at the crumbling of the strong Democratic traditions in this state.

@4, you're looking at how this helps the Republicans. Because it helps their supporters, the people who will elect them again. That's who they justify this to. They only need one major issue: starve government.
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"you don't need to be a dirty hippy to destroy the government, we have republicans for that" keith oberman
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Anti-democractic? You must mean that with a capital D, since all these things are taking place with, you know, votes.

"Even K-12 education, for which Republicans love to voice their support, endures another $40 million in cuts in the Senate Republican budget. Total. Fucking. Liars."

Washington's Democrats have cut education by billions and billions over the last four years, and you're going to get apoplectic about $40 million?

"Senator Dan Swecker (R-Rochester) is now speaking in defense of cutting $3 million from the K-12 "Readiness to Learn" program in order to fund prizes at state fairs"

WHY IN THE BLUE FUCK IS THE STATE FUNDING PRIZES AT FAIRS TO BEGIN WITH?!?

And Chopp agrees with you? GWUUUUHHHHHH?
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Sweet.

Kill the tax giveaways to the Rich, Corporations and the tax-subsided Red Counties that live off our Blue County taxes.
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@5, the Senate doesn't care what Chopp does.
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Democrats have a majority in the Senate by 27 to 22. Democrats have a majority in the House by 56 to 42. Washington has a Democratic governor. Is it not a little silly to emote that Republicans are "tyrants"?

We don't have a budget because a budget means real serious cuts or dramatic tax increases, and neither Republicans nor Democrats are standing in front on either of those.
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Special session? Awww, McKenna can't raise money normally during that timeframe! ALAS!
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Let's keep it simple: Two at a time.

Hargrove (24th LD) is up for relection this year.

Kastama (25th LD) wants to be Secretary of State this year.

Sheldon (35th LD) is up for re-election in 2014.

Tom (48th LD is up for re-election in 2014.

Two at a time.

I believe it's Pridemore taking on Katsama in the primary.

We need someone to take on Hargrove in the primary.

Two at a time.
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@11, Clearly, Democrats do not have a majority in the Senate. Kastama, Tom, and Sheldon are no more Democrats just for saying they're Democrats, than I'll be a Republican tomorrow morning when I sign into the Republican caucus claiming I intend to vote for a Republican.
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@13, As much as I hate to defend Hargrove, he voted with the Dems on this. Sheldon, Tom, and Kastama are the traitors.
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THE MINORITY PARTY IN ONE OF THE THREE BRANCHES STOPPED GRABBING THEIR ANKLES FOR ONCE AND I AM SHOCKED! APPALLED! DISGUSTED! WHY DON'T THEY JUST ROLL OVER LIKE THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO AND KNOW THEIR PLACE! OFF TO THE FAINTING COUCH - Goldy
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@2:
Also if you listen to McKenna talk to his supporters he makes clear that he can't be super extreme because of the strong Democratic traditions here in the state.


Fuck that shit. I'd rather see the strong Democratic traditions here in the state keep McKenna from being super extreme by keeping McKenna from being governor.
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@13: According to http://www.politics1.com/wa.htm, these are the candidates for Secretary of State in 2012:

Kim Wyman (R) - Thurston County Auditor
Kathleen Drew (D) - Ex-State Sen. & Ex-Gubernatorial Aide
Zack Hudgins (D) - State Rep. & Ex-Software Project Manager
Jim Kastama (D) - State Sen. & Ex-State Rep.
Greg Nickels (D) - Ex-Seattle Mayor, Ex-King County Councilman & Ex-US Conference of Mayors President

I'm not sure why you also singled out Hargrove. I don't know anything about him, and I don't see him mentioned in these shenanigans; but it looks like he's running for the 6th Congressional District (the Norm Dix is retiring from), and that site also lists his competitors for that seat.
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@2 Wisconsin had strong Democratic and populist traditions too...
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@18 You're right about Hargrove not being involved in these shenanigans, but he did oppose, speak against, and vote against the marriage bill.
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#9

Yes, exactly. Seattle is completely isolated from the rest of the state and even its own ring of exurbs...and now the horns are blowing around Jericho.

In fact, I'd say that half of the neighborhoods of Seattle don't even want to be in it.

However, for those who like being taxed, you are more than welcome to raise your own local property taxes, like you did for the DBT...and leave the rest of us to our low density, low tax lifestyle...
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@21, it's our tax dollars that are subsidizing your "low density, low tax lifestyle" in the rural parts of this state, you dumb fucker.
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@ Goldy, you can bet that the pubs at your caucus are going to be gloating over this. What's your plan for coping? (Or are you even going to pretend to be conservative when you go?)
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The House budget looks like it is going to frame the next couple Special Sessions (you want tricks, enjoy being on-call for a few months for a budget bill that will stip the red paint off your government subsidized rural lifestyle).
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@21 - Your entire statement is one giant falsehood fueled by your own perverse imagination. No wonder you're a republican.

To Majority Leader Lisa Brown, it's war. Do what you have to do.
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"@21, it's our tax dollars that are subsidizing your "low density, low tax lifestyle" in the rural parts of this state, you dumb fucker."

Never underestimate the stupidity of people who'll vote against their own best interests.
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@23, I'll do what I always do: Improvise.
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While Goldy is fucking with Republicans, let's go fuck with his garden.
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Do it 28...

...let's see a stupid motherfucker like you in jail.