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Democrats speak out following Republican takeover of Washington State Senate

As we report­ed ear­li­er this evening, the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate Repub­li­cans, act­ing in con­cert with three Democ­rats in Name Only (Jim Kas­ta­ma, Rod­ney Tom, and Tim Shel­don) have seized con­trol of the floor of the Leg­is­la­ture’s upper cham­ber, effec­tive­ly turn­ing the remain­der of the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus into the minor­i­ty par­ty with a week left […]

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House Speaker Frank Chopp blasts Senate Republicans for “abuse of power”

Wash­ing­ton State House Speak­er Frank Chopp, who rep­re­sents Seat­tl’s 43rd Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict along with Jamie Ped­er­sen, has just issued a state­ment blast­ing Sen­ate Repub­li­cans and their three col­lab­o­ra­tors (who call them­selves Democ­rats) for hijack­ing the Leg­is­la­ture’s upper cham­ber and advanc­ing their own back­room bud­get to the floor for imme­di­ate adop­tion. Here is what he has […]

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Norm Dicks says he isn’t running for reelection, will retire from U.S. House

Norm Dicks, the dean of Wash­ing­ton’s con­gres­sion­al del­e­ga­tion, has just issued a sur­prise announce­ment through his office explain­ing that he has come to the deci­sion not to seek reelec­tion to the U.S. House this year. I am announc­ing today my inten­tion to com­plete my ser­vice in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the end of the […]