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Today’s fun video: New state song?

OLYMPIA--Latest idea for a ballot measure: Let's change the state song.

Quick, what is the state song right now?

If you said "Louie, Louie" or "Roll On, Columbia" you're wrong. Those are the state's unofficial rock song, and the state's official folk song, respectively.

The official state song is" Washington My Home". But an initiative has been filed by Kristopher Bannon of Tacoma that would let voters change it to "Not In Our House," By Sir Mix A-Lot. This is in honor (or possibly in dishonor) of the Seattle Supersonics being spirited out of Seattle and plunked down in someplace like East Podunk, Oklahoma.

The initiative, if it should get at least 241,153 valid signatures from voters, and get a simple majority in the November election (admittedly a pair of substantial ifs) would turn the state song back to Washington My Home if an NBA franchise were to return to a city in Washington.

Not in Our House, (above) was remixed back when the Sonics made their playoff run in 92-93. It is much loved by true Sonics fans, among whom Bannon counts  himself.

So, let's get this straight. The desire to land an NBA team is so close to the tipping point that it requires a boost from folks who prefer sappy anthems over rap? And they'll be rewarded for joining the find an NBA team effort by getting their sappy anthem back when Washington gets a team? Does that make sense to anyone out there?

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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