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Tag: Pam Roach

June
16th

A hanging jury for Republicans?

You can’t fault the King County Municipal League for lack of transparency. Below is a memo we got yesterday from state Sen. Pam Roach, a Republican running for re-election in the 31st District.

From the looks of it, this conservative Republican will be facing a panel of two conservatives, one centrist, three liberals, two “very liberal” liberals and two who describe themselves as “left of center.” Seven identify themselves as Democrats, none as Republicans.

 
I was contacted by the Muni League to set an interview date. In the past I have gone in with all the extraordinary things that I have done for constituents, district efforts led, my efforts in Honduras, local endorsements…etc. I spent hours gathering things up..driving to the interviews (sometimes as far north as Fircrest) and I was never the token Republican “superior than my opponent” candidate.

After they left several messages I decided to call them. I told the nice young-sounding lady that in the last interview there were two trial lawyers on the interview panel and my opponent was, in fact, a trial lawyer. That, I said, did not seem too fair to me. I asked if I could see this year’s panel members assigned to my race….. I can’t believe she actually sent it! 

Here’s the response from Brit Sojka of the Municipal League of King County:

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Feb.
1st

Roach takes wrong approach to caucus ejection

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, is legendary in the Legislature – but not in a good way. Just about anyone who has worked with or for her there over the years has anecdotes about her tantrums or examples of verbal abuse. There’s even a name for it: being “Roached.”

Her behavior has gotten her into hot water with her Republican colleagues several times in the past, but nothing like what happened last week when she was banned from her party’s caucus. GOP leadership had had enough, citing her “unacceptable” behavior toward staff.

In a letter to her, Republican caucus leaders said, “As your fellow Senators it is difficult to be in a room with you when you erupt in anger.” What that means for Roach is that she will no longer have a voice or vote within her own party’s huddles – diminishing any clout she still may have. Read more »

Feb.
1st

Coming Tuesday: Lawmakers’ taste for secrecy, Roach’s one tantrum too many

Here are the editorials we’re writing for tomorrow:

A common thread among several attempts to reform government and public schools this year is a sense that such efforts would work only if allowed to operate in the dark. Nothing could be further from the truth.

State Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, is legendary in the Legislature – but not in a good way. Just about anyone who has worked with or for her there over the years has anecdotes about her tantrums or examples of verbal abuse. There’s even a name for it: being “Roached.” Her behavior has gotten her into

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