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All eyes (at least all newsie eyes) are on the state Senate

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm with No Comments »
January 10, 2011 12:03 pm

Maybe it is because nothing usually happens on the Opening Day of the Legislative session.

Maybe it is because it is hard to take your eyes on a train wreck.

But the press desk in the Senate is jammed. We even dragged in a few extra chairs to make room. We all want to watch the drama of a move to refuse to seat state Sen. Nick Harper.

Harper is the Democrat who was helped by a shadow campaign in the top two primary that pushed incumbent Democratic Sen. Jean Berkey into third place. Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, will move to not seat Harper.

It probably will never get that far. Parliamentarians are already figuring ways to keep the Kastama resolution from ever being debated and voted upon – at least until Harper is safely seated.

Still, it will be interesting to watch and easily trumps the speechifying and oath taking in the House.

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