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Tag: Lynn Kessler


Kessler leaving House

House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler is retiring after 18 years in the House.

As No. 2 to House Speaker Frank Chopp, Kessler is the political leader and often the public face of House Democrats.

House members lauded Kessler after she announced on the floor just before midnight Monday that she won’t return for a 10th term. Republican Leader Richard DeBolt praised her “elegance and grace” and suggested plenty of House members have crushes on her.

Chopp said Kessler stands in for him in areas that aren’t his strong suit, which he allowed might include talking to the press and

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Pictures of officers could become secret

The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously this evening that photographs in the personnel files of police, court and corrections employees should not be public records.

Nor would birth dates from the files be publicly available if HB 1317 passes.

It’s something police asked for in the wake of the death of four Lakewood officers. House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler said it reflects “a concern for the safety of not just the criminal justice employees but their families as well.”

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Legislators pick theme songs for 2010 session

It has become a tradition that won’t die – sort of like dumping a bucket of Gatorade on the winning coach.

At each year’s Associated Press legislative forum, the leaders of the four caucuses are asked to suggest a popular song to become the theme for the upcoming session.

Here are this year’s nominees. Feel free to discuss (and come up with something better. Please!).

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown – “The Fixer,” by Pearl Jam. (“When something’s gone, I wanna fight to get it back again.”)

Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt – “Should’ve Said No,” by Taylor Swift (though

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