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Special Session Day 4: We got nothing

OLYMPIA — There is nothing to preview for today's activity in the special session. That's because there's nothing happening. Nothing, as in zero, nil, null, nada, zilch, zip, zippo, goose egg, bupkis…we could go on, but you probably get the point.

The Senate recessed Thursday afternoon until Tuesday. The House has been in recess since Wednesday. Their loss, because it's actually a nice day here in the capital, with a strange round yellow thing that seems to be moving slowly through the sky, although it hurts your eyes when you look at it for more than a half second.

The days on the 30-day calendar continue to drop off whether they are here or not, so pretty soon people may start asking whether they'll be able to get everything done in the time left. Wouldn't want to be the legislator who first broaches the subject of another special session to the governor.

Speaking of Gov. Chris Gregoire, she'll either sign or veto the medical marijuana legislation around 2:30 this afternoon. (For more on medical marijuana, click here.) She's down in Centralia in the morning, signing a bill that eases a power plant off of coal over the next decade.

Brown says seat Harper, fix campaign law

OLYMPIA — The winner of a disputed Senate election in Snohomish County should take his seat despite questions over how he won the primary, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown said today.

Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt suggested Monday that Democrat Nick Harper not be seated until a court case over the primary is resolved, and offered not to vote as long as Harper was on the sidelines.

But that’s not fair to Harper, who wasn’t involved in the independent campaign fined by the state Public Disclosure Commission, or the voters of his district, Brown said. She wants the Legislature to consider changes to campaign financing laws that could head off such tactics in the future.

Read more about the controversy inside the blog…

 

Miloscia to challenge Chopp for speaker

OLYMPIA — Rep. Mark Miloscia, a seven-term legislator from Federal Way, announced today he will run for speaker of the House, challenging current speaker Frank Chopp of Seattle.

In a prepared statement, Miloscia said Democratic leaders haven’t been offering hope, fision or plans to address the faltering economy. “Not one significant piece of government reform has passed the last two years…This failure cannot continue.”

Miloscia currently serves as chairman of the House Audit Review and Oversight Committee. His challenge comes after Democrats have lost seats in the House, but still have a strong majority.

Senate Democrats, who also lost seats but retained their majority, re-elected Sen. Lisa Brown of Spokane over the weekend to majority leader in the upcoming session.

Brown re-elected Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA — Despite legislative losses in last Tuesday’s election, Lisa Brown was re-elected majority leader by Democrats in the state Senate.

Brown, who represents central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District, was re-elected Senate majority leader, a job she’s held since 2005. A press release from Senate Democrats said Brown ran unopposed and was re-elected unanimously by the caucus.

Brown faces the session with a smaller majority than last year, when Democrats held a 31-17 edge in the Senate. Although some races remain close, Democrats appear to have a 27-22 majority at this time. The current split is more common, she said recently, and could lead to more bipartisan cooperation.

First elected to the state House of Representatives in 1992, Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996, and served as minority leader from 2002 to 2004, when Democrats won a majority in the chamber.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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