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Spec Sess Day17: Padden 'hazed' by other senators

OLYMPIA -- Sen Mike Padden makes his first formal remarks on the Senate floor, just before colleagues kid him about returning to the Legislature after being away for 16 years. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- Sen Mike Padden makes his first formal remarks on the Senate floor, just before colleagues kid him about returning to the Legislature after being away for 16 years. (Jim Camden)

OLYMPIA -- Newly elected Sen. Mike Padden of the Spokane Valley received his traditional hazing by colleagues today as the Senate wound down toward adjournment of the special session.

After passing a $480 million partial fix to the budget and some bills necessary to make that work, Padden received a "point of personal privilege" ostensably to thank other senators for a resolution early this year honoring predecessor Bob McCaslin, someone who was "a delight to be around -- most of teh time," he noted.

McCaslin and Padden were both first elected to the Legislature in 1980. Some other members who served with Padden in the House chided him that things have changed a bit since he left the other chamber in the mid '90s to become a judge. Padden is like the movie character Austin Powers who was frozen in time, Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville said: "We have to help Mike adjust to this century."

Things have changed politically, too, Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane said. When he was first elected, he was among the Legislature's most conservative members. "Now you're a moderate for the 4th District," she said. "Although you still vote No a lot."

Padden was one of just six Senate votes against the supplemental budget.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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