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Seahawks day at the Lege

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, sports Seahawks attire while leading the Senate through today's pro forma session.

OLYMPIA — It is Seahawks attire day in the Capitol, where Senators and staff were allowed — actually encouraged — to wear team attire or team colors and a motion in the House approved by Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller will allow such on Fridays through the Super Bowl.

The latter will presumably be moot should the 'Hawks not win on Sunday.

The sartorial splendor was somewhat short-lived in the Senate, which only had a quickie “pro forma” session to show of the blue and lime green.

Majority Floor Leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn, took advantage of the relaxation of normal rules for “business attire” to sport a combination hood and scarf which he said was a Christmas gift. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, which had relaxed the dress code earlier in the week, presided in a Seahawks tie from behind a rostrum that had a Seahawks license plate with his name on it. Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, briefly wore had a lime green hat.

This caps a week of repeated and often gratuitous exclamations of “Go 'Hawks” in everything from Gov. Jay Inslee's state of the state address to a floor speech supporting the end to differential tuition in the state's colleges and universities to a lobbyist questioning changes to the states medical marijuana law.

Today’s Fun Video: Senate majority puts budget stance to music

OLYMPIA — While it may seem like not much is getting done on the budget in the Legislature, negotiators have been working regularly to come to some kind of deal that will allow them to get out of town.

And those not negotiating? Well, some of them are keeping busy, too.

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, is the floor leader, which means he has the job of moving things along for the Majority Coalition Caucus, even if that's just moving to accept yesterday's journal and adjourn until the next day. He used some of his free time to put together a music video to drum up support for the caucus's stand on a budget without new taxes. 

It could use a bit more video to go with the music. But the tune is at least catchy

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