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Rep. Dan Kristiansen is new House GOP leader

UPDATED 3:30 p.m., with statement and more details on Kristiansen.

As expected — if sooner than expected — minority House Republicans made Rep. Dan Kristiansen of Snohomish their leader today.

The vote was unanimous and no rivals stepped forward for the job, Puyallup Rep. Hans Zeiger said today after voting. Once Chehalis Rep. Richard DeBolt stepped down as leader last week, the caucus quickly coalesced around Kristiansen, a 50-year-old member of the Legislature since 2003 who owns a commercial real estate business.

His move up left a vacancy in the position of caucus chairman, and Republicans elected Rep. Judy Warnick, 

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Republican: Consensus forming around Rep. Dan Kristiansen as successor for Richard DeBolt

House Republicans could pick a new minority leader May 10, and their interim leader says a “pretty good consensus” is forming around Rep. Dan Kristiansen.

Interim leader Joel Kretz of Wauconda said he would back Kristiansen and would seek to serve as deputy leader if the Snohomish legislator is elected. That’s the same role Kretz played under Rep. Richard DeBolt, who stepped down as leader last week citing health problems.

Kristiansen, first elected in 2002, serves in what’s usually the No. 3 slot as caucus chairman.

Another legislator saying he will support Kristiansen is Rep. J.T. Wilcox of Yelm, who rose quickly to become House floor

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State Rep. DeBolt resigns post as minority leader; will finish House term

By Melissa Santos and Jordan Schrader

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, announced Wednesday he is stepping down as House minority leader after a health emergency kept him home for a week.

DeBolt will finish the remainder of his two-year term, he said Wednesday, but not as leader of the House Republicans. Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, will step into the leadership role for now, DeBolt said.

DeBolt formally announced his decision Wednesday morning on the House floor.

“I’m not leaving, I’m just changing roles for a while,” he said.

According to a news release from DeBolt’s office, the lawmaker “had a medical

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As 520 bridge problems mount, Republicans throw cold water on transportation tax increase


Problems with pontoons being built to hold up the new State Route 520 floating bridge, and estimates that the state errors will cost tens of millions of dollars to fix, are driving fresh worries among legislative Republicans about raising transportation taxes.

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, though, says the state should “fix it and move on.”

House Democrats are calling for nearly $10 billion in new taxes, but the Democratic caucuses won’t be able to pass them without help from the other side. And both House Republicans and the GOP-dominated coalition in the Senate told reporters today they would demand

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Gov. Inslee says a longer life for temporary taxes on businesses, beer do not violate his no-tax pledge

About 24 hours into his new job, Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters today that it would not violate his no-new-taxes pledge if the Legislature chose to extend the 3-year life of temporary taxes on service businesses and beer beyond their June expiration. The new governor’s remarks are sure to stir controversy even though he said several times he was not actually advocating a longer life to tax surcharges on service businesses and beer beyond June 30.

At least he isn’t proposing anything as yet.

What he said when first asked about temporary taxes was:

“So I

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A crack in the defense of tax breaks: House GOP support narrowing bank exemption

House Republicans plan to release their budget proposal Friday, and today they gave reporters a preview of one step they would take to help bridge a small part of the shortfall: narrowing a tax break for banks.

The idea, a favorite of Democrats, would save the state budget $18 million and require two-thirds super-majorities in the House and Senate.

Republicans last year voted unanimously against a similar proposal from Tacoma Rep. Laurie Jinkins and other House freshmen that aimed at keeping school class sizes low and making a statement about the need to close tax loopholes. But they

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DeBolt: Finish new budget now, skip 2012 session

House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt has been telling people he thinks the Democrat-controlled Legislature should try to complete work to bridge a $2 billion budget gap by Christmas, then skip the 60-day session scheduled to start Jan. 9.

The Chehalis Republican also wants lawmakers to spend time on jobs creation, in effect cutting holes in the state Growth Management Act, according to a news release he put out today. But he’s not getting takers out of the blocks – including from Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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Debt fight still holding up Legislature halfway into special session

Both sides of a debate over debt are blaming one another for keeping state lawmakers in Olympia.

Republicans and sympathetic Senate Democrats are holding the budgets hostage until they get their wish list, said Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish.

“They’ve got all these ideological, external issues that they’re shoving, and they’re going to keep us here because of that,” Dunshee said.

Worker’s compensation reform and privatization of state back-office services are on that list — worker’s comp may be the main roadblock to a deal on the $32 billion operating budget — but the main one Dunshee is fighting is a proposal to lower the state debt limit.

Debt is the issue that kept the state’s bond budget from coming to a House floor vote Tuesday. House Republicans and a bipartisan Senate coalition are blocking more than $1.3 billion in bonds, demanding that House Democrats agree to pass a constitutional amendment to lower the state debt limit from 9 to 7 percent of state revenue.

“All three caucuses agree, and my understanding is the votes are there for it, too, so let’s get it done.” House GOP leader Richard DeBolt said. “If we’re going to get out of here, Hans Dunshee has to set aside his ego and start negotiating.”

They are already negotiating, say Dunshee and Sen. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor, the Democratic capital budget chairmen who are at odds with each other over the debt limit. Dunshee said he sent senators a proposal last week and will meet with them today about it. Read more »