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UPDATE: Protest planned today over Senate GOP’s budget move

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on March 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm with No Comments »
March 5, 2012 2:16 pm

The Republicans’ seizure of the budget process Friday night in the state Senate has drawn plenty of rebukes from Democrats, a salute from Tim Eyman seizure of the budget process Friday night in the state Senate and now a protest this afternoon at the Capitol by angry Democratic activists.

Special session is now a distinct possibility, according to some Senate Democrats and Speaker Frank Chopp is ready to fight back in the House. Thursday is the scheduled end of the 60-day regular session.

“We can’t let them get away with this,” Thurston County Democratic Party chairman Stew Henderson said in an email to Democrats aimed at spurring a big silent protest against a lack of transparency on the budget today at 5:30 at the Pritchard Building and the Capitol. “On Friday, three conservative Democrat senators suddenly joined Republicans to force through an ultra-conservative, all cuts state budget. This shocking backroom deal was a sinister way to prevent voters – or even legislators – from reading the budget and making a responsible decision.”

Another “Occupy” action may be starting earlier at Pritchard Building around 3:30, according to the Thurston County Progressive Network.

Republican Sen. Joe Zarelli, the architect of the GOP budget, had a different take on the moves here.

Go here for our Friday post, here for our Saturday follow-up story on the vote outcome and hard feelings, here for a Sunday story on the situation ahead, and here for House Speaker Frank Chopp’s angry statement and the angry reaction “Road Kill” Democrats in the Senate showed toward two of the three Democrats that defected, Sen. Rodney Tom of Medina and Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyallup.

Democrats on both sides of the fight had posts here and Democratic Sen. Tim Sheldon of Potlatch declared his cross-over vote was a move for fiscally responsible budgeting.

Senate budget documents are here. House budget documents are
here. A comparison is available under budgets here.

We hope to learn more about the prospect of finishing session on time – or going to special session – later today.

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