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WA Lege: Get yer motor runnin…

Members of ABATE arrive at the state Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 20, to lobby legislators. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
Members of ABATE arrive at the state Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 20, to lobby legislators. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA --  Cue Steppenwolf. It's Black Thursday on the Capitol Campus, the day when members of ABATE come to lobby their legislators.

ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, and pushes for legislation it prefers on motorcycles, including an end to the state requirement for wearing helmets.

It's a day when the lobbyists in expensive suits rub shoulders with guys in leathers and ponytails in the halls of the legislative buildings. And the arrival of hundreds of large motorcycles, many of them Harleys, shakes the buidlings.



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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