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Seahawks’ Taima is in the House…

OLYMPIA — The Seahawks' flying mascot Taima made a guest appearance in the Legislature this morning, posing for pictures and being present in the House when a resolution of his honor was adopted.

The resolution, by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, commended the augur hawk as a good luck charm and a uniting element of Eastern and Western Washington. The bird is owned and trained by David and Robin Knutson of Spokane County's West Plains, who bring  Taima to the Seattle stadium for every home game so he can be the first Hawk out of the tunnel at game time.

“He's a symbol of excellence and possibilities,” Parker said.

Taima didn't do his signature flight above the House chamber, or during his visit later to the Senate. David Knutson said he's worked bigger, noisier crowds, so that wouldn't have been a problem. But Taima is molting and not in training, so he isn't up to his game-day standards.

Gov proclaims ‘moment of noise’ for ‘Hawks

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee is calling for a “moment of noise” at 12:12 p.m. today to celebrate the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory.

Actually, 30 seconds worth of noise. Feel free to make as much noise as you want, unless you're in some place inappropriate like a library, a church or a  hospital.

Inslee has pretty much been in full-fan mode since the weekend. He attended the game in New Jersey, and will attend the victory parade in Seattle at 11 a.m. plus the 1 p.m. celebration at CenturyLink field. 

 

Legislators join football betting craze

OLYMPIA — Washington legislators, in a rare bit of bipartisanship, have banned together to make a bet with their Colorado counterparts on the Seahawks-Broncos game.

Among the booty at stake if the Broncos win: Cougar Gold Cheese (courtesy of Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville), Arbor Crest wine, (Sen. Mike Padden, Spokane Valley), Smoed Salmon, Almond Roca, Aplets and Cotlets, Bainbridge Island gin, Tulip Bulbs, a Costco gift card.

Coming west if the Seahawks win: Microbrewery stout and ale, a John Denver's Greatest Hits CD, lift tickets to a Vail Ski Resort, Rocky Mountain Chocolates, Celestial Seasonings tea, Stranahan's whiskey and La Casita Tamales.

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.

Govs bet on Seahawks-Saints

OLYMPIA — Add one more politicians' bet to the list of wagers over today's Seahawks-Saints game.

Gov. Jay Inslee's office said today he has bet Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal that if the 'Hawks win, Jindal will donate 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood to a food bank of his choice. If the Saints win, Inslee, via Ivar's, will donate 500 cups of chowder to a Louisiana food bank.

Ivars freezes chowder and ships it around the country, in case you were wondering what shape it would be so many miles away from “Acres of Clams.”

What do Ryan, Murray have in common? Russell Wilson

Photo courtesy of Sen. Patty Murray's office.

Russell Wilson has been the key to the Seahawks' success this season. But he has also had a role in something a bit bigger — the agreement on the federal budget worked out by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Coming in to negotiations over the budget last fall, the two didn't share much in common except an admiration for Wilson's abilities as a quarterback — at the Seahawks for Murray, at the University of Wisconsin for Ryan. After the budget deal was announced, the two joked on Meet the Press about Wilson being a common line in their negotiations.

Today Murray presented Ryan with an autographed Seahawks No. 3  Wilson jersey. Ryan presented her with some Kringle, which is the official Wisconsin state pastry, and some cheese.

No word if they plan to both don jerseys to watch Saturday's game together and share the snacks.

 

Putting things on the line for the Seahawks

If it's playoff season, that can mean only one thing in politics: Elected officials from Washington will make bets with elected officials in other locales over the outcome of Saturday's game between the Seahawks and the Saints.

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell made a bet with Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu that involves Pike Place Pale Ale and oysters from Taylor Shellfish Farms against charbroiled oysters and Abita Amber beer.

Reps Denny Heck, Derek Kilmer and Suzan DelBene, all West Side Democrats, made a bet with Rep. Cedric Richmond, a New Orleans Democrat, which includes a basket with Woodinville wine, smoked salmon, Almond Roca, Fisher Fair Scone mix and a bag of Skittles against a basket with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, a Randazzo King Cake and New Orleans Pralines.

Skittles? Fans showered running back Marshawn Lynch with the candy after a score against the St. Louis Rams, so it's kind of an insider's joke.

Also, the loser or losers have to wear a pin with the winning team's logo on the House floor next week.

All of these wagers appear to be a step up from the old Washington pol's bet, which usually consisted of a basket of apples. But if the 'Hawks keep winning, we can only hope the bets get more creative and interesting.

As for Gov. Jay Inslee, staff says he hasn't made a bet with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. He's been a little busy this week getting ready for the start of the Legislature and his State of the State speech next week. But he did make a bet of sorts — that he wouldn't come down with pneumonia raising the 12th Man flag in front of the Capitol in the rain this week.

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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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