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MONDAY, JAN. 14, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

Senate Dems: How about we split power?

OLYMPIA — Senate Democrats offered a power-sharing agreement to counter last week's proposal by Republicans and two defecting members of their party. They called for co-leaders for the Senate and co-chairmen for all committees. But the top Republican and the Democrat the coalition wants to...

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Murray to Tom: You don't control Senate 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate will have two claimants to the title of "majority leader" when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 14 Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray of Seattle said Republicans will need more than a press conference and a logo on their stationary to be...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2012

Sunday spin: A Senate of 49 kings and queens

OLYMPIA – To hear supporters tell it, a new power-sharing coalition in the state Senate could usher in a Legislative session of compromise and moderation, with a positive response to Rodney King’s famous question: Can’t we all just get along? Forgive a professional skeptic, but...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, holds up charts during a press briefing in his office that show chart indicating where state government has reduced spending on social programs.   (Jim Camden)

Hargrove: Coalition isn't sharing power

Sen. Jim Hargrove shows charts that indicate where state government has reduced spending on some social programs. OLYMPIA -- Senate Democrats don't know yet whether they will accept an offer to lead six legislative committees in the coming session, Sen. Jim Hargrove said today. The...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

Coalition in Senate: A coup or exciting pact? 

OLYMPIA -- Reaction to the announcement of a new coalition to run the Senate is decidedly mixed. Republicans, not surprisingly, are hailing the decision of two Democrats to join hands with the 23 GOP members and create a brave new world of legislative leadership. State...

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OLYMPIA -- Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville answers a question about the new coalition leadership being proposed for the Senate. Sens. Rodney Tom, a Bellevue Democrat who is the proposed majority leader, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-LaCenter and Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, are behind Schoesler. (Jim Camden)

Coalition would give GOP Senate control

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, answers a question at the press conference announcing plans for a coalition to run the Senate. OLYMPIA -- If the math holds, Republicans and a pair of Democrats will control the state Senate in 2013. The 23 Republicans voting as a...

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