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Morning update: Day 1

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2011 at 9:44 am with 8 Comments »
January 10, 2011 9:44 am

Good morning on Day 1 of Washington’s 62nd Legislature.

On each of the 105 days (and beyond?) of state lawmakers’ work in 2011, we’ll once again bring you a morning rundown of what to watch for in the day ahead.

Today we watch the culmination of an upstart’s surprisingly successful bid to join the elite, a bid that was rocked, maybe even tainted, by revelations that he — apparently unknowingly — benefited from secretive and illicit help. No, I’m not talking about Cam Newton, who takes on Oregon today in the national championship game.

I’m talking about Sen.-elect Nick Harper. His fellow Democrat Jim Kastama is calling for Harper not to be seated in the Senate because of illegal actions by a labor-backed campaign to elect him. Kastama will try to introduce a resolution to that effect today, but Democratic leaders will do their darndest to prevent the resolution from ever coming to a vote.

Instead, there will be a procedural vote on whether to vote on the resolution. At least three moderate Democrats may be prepared to side with Kastama on the resolution, but it’s not clear if they will back him on the procedural motion. If he makes it past that hurdle, he would need near-unanimous support from minority Republicans to prevail.

Opening day is usually reserved for ceremonial pomp and circumstance, but this one’s going to be interesting.

Here’s what’s up the rest of the day:

  • Advocacy groups will be massing on the Capitol Campus in a show of opposition to the austere budget cuts being contemplated. State employees are marching to the Legislative Building this morning and visiting all 147 state lawmakers. A coalition of unions, liberal groups and social services advocates will hold what they’re calling a “rally to restore good government. They plan to deliver a petition to Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and other legislative leaders asking them to end tax exemptions instead of cutting programs — a tough political task considering voters have tied lawmaker’s hands on taxes.
  • Opening ceremonies are at noon after the parties caucus behind closed doors.
  • Committees will hear updates on the governor’s budget proposal and the status of other hot topics, like federal health care reform and changes at state liquor stores.
Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. FreeAmerica says:

    Welcome to Greece…. This is where it starts.

  2. I hope the marching State employees are protesting on their own time, but I doubt it very much.

  3. DubyaFTW says:

    “A coalition of unions, liberal groups and social services advocates will hold what they’re calling a “rally to restore good government.”

    Apparently, “good government” is one that grows so far beyond sustainability that it collapses the entire economics system, enriches our enemies, enslaves generations into the welfare class, rewards laziness and failure, fails to educate our children, provides compensation to it’s employees twice that of those who foot the bill and otherwise fails to get the job done.

    Yeah, we need more of that. Besides, when did we ever get far enough away from this “goodness” to need to return to it?

  4. jetalmanac says:

    Take away the freebies and out come the SEIU goons and all the heart-wrenching invalids put out as propaganda. No doubt the news media will amplify the hurt, the pain, the suffering. No mention will be made of those of who have no advocasy group–those who go to work everyday and bust their butt to fund these programs.

  5. lets make sure they have even more time to protest……………keep cutting

  6. steilacoomtaxpayer says:

    There are so many, many cushy jobs in state government. The unions, SEIU and AFSME, are protecting dues payers (workers) for the unions’ own budgets. That is how they $69 grand laying around to re-elect Tami Green. Look it up.

    Vicious circles, friends. No end until the chopping, cutting and workforce reductions are down, down, down! A lot of management could also go out the door, as the unions will so clearly articulate. Ironic, but true, that they see waste and think they aren’t it.

  7. comonsens41 says:

    Wow. Envious of state worker wages. Some of you must be real winners. Some of us actually want to pay our fair share for services and things like education. Perhaps some of you could use a little more. wow…really beating up on state employees, it truly shows a low station in life and understanding of how a democracy works. Nothing is free.

  8. truthbusterguy says:

    De certify all state worker unions. Contract out ASAP.

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