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Lege opens to an interesting tune

OLYMPIA -- Washington's Legislature is staring  up its engines today with all 49 senators and 98 representatives getting sworn in.

The anticipated skirmish over Nick Harper taking his Senate seat in Snohomish County's 38th District won't come up for a while, as each newly elected or newly re-elected senator gets sworn in separately in the upper chamber, and the newbies go last

One bit of trivia: The Washington State Patrol Color Guard brought the flag into the Senate chamber to the strains of a bagpiper. On the way out, the piper played: "Garry Owen", which is a catchy tune 

It may be best know as the unofficial theme song of Custer's 7th Cavalry. Or at least it was before the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

Maybe it's appropriate for the upcoming budget battles.




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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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