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Lt. Gov. Brad Owen starting peace talks with state Senate leaders on Friday morning

The ongoing stalemate over who is in charge of the Washington state Senate may get sorted out on neutral ground Friday morning. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen says he is convening a three-hour session with leaders of both Democratic and Republican blocs that are vying for position in the divided chamber.

“It’s not my job to dictate or tell them what to do but I have some history and I have some ideas. I think they recognize I’ve been pretty independent over the years,’’ Owen, a Democrat, said by phone today. “I think there is a good possibility of working it

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Finkbeiner: Would sitting in alphabetical order make the Washington state Senate more cooperative?

Maybe we should file this in the “Everything I Know I Learned In Kindergarten” folder.

Former state Sen. Bill Finkbeiner now a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, has suggested some ways the Senate he would preside over could be less partisan. Suggestion No. 1 is to get rid of the center aisle that divides Republicans and Democrats and require lawmakers to sit in alphabetical order rather than by party and seniority.

” The aisle separates the parties, promotes division, and decreases the sense of cooperation,” the campaign said in a message to supporters. “No business would split a team working

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