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Wa Lege SpecSess: Lynn Kessler retiring

OLYMPIA — Rep. Lynn Kessler is bowing out after 18 years in the House. “I’m retiring, I’m almost 70 for God’s sake.”

As the Legislature moved beyond midnight, Kessler, D-Hoquiam, made an emotional farewell speech, celebrating the fact the state has worked to provide health care and education, protects victims of domestic violence

“Because of the positions we all have, we have been able to do great and small things, together,” she said. “Sometimes those trenches are deep, and very difficult. I hope we all appreciate our differences, because that’s what makes this place special.”

“I wish you all well, please be kind to one another,” she said as the House stood to applaud.

Name that tune

OLYMPIA — There is a tradition, before the Legislature starts, to gather the leaders of the two parties and the two houses and give the news media a preview of the upcoming session.

During that session, there is also a tradition, for a member of the assembled media, to ask the assembled Lege leaders: If this session were a song, what would it be? (Hey, I don’t make traditions, I just report on them.)

At today’s preview, the obligatory song question was asked, and the four leaders — some with more gusto or forethought than others — named their tune. To wit:

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane: “The Fixer,” by Pearl Jam. It should be noted that last year she picked Bob Dylan’s “Everything’s Broke.”

Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla:”Should’ve Said No,” by Taylor Swift. (Hewitt rattled off four rejects before giving his pick, including “Take This Job and Shove It,” and “Leavin On a Jet Plane.”)

House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam: “With a Little Help fron Our Friends.”

House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis: “The Uprising” by Muse.


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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.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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