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Spin Control 2013 Legislature archive


TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

Senate Dems: How about we split power?

OLYMPIA — Senate Democrats offered a power-sharing agreement to counter last week's proposal by Republicans and two defecting members of their party. They called for co-leaders for the Senate and co-chairmen for all committees. But the top Republican and the Democrat the coalition wants to...

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Murray to Tom: You don't control Senate 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate will have two claimants to the title of "majority leader" when the Legislature convenes on Jan. 14 Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray of Seattle said Republicans will need more than a press conference and a logo on their stationary to be...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2012

Sunday spin: A Senate of 49 kings and queens

OLYMPIA – To hear supporters tell it, a new power-sharing coalition in the state Senate could usher in a Legislative session of compromise and moderation, with a positive response to Rodney King’s famous question: Can’t we all just get along? Forgive a professional skeptic, but...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, holds up charts during a press briefing in his office that show chart indicating where state government has reduced spending on social programs.   (Jim Camden)

Hargrove: Coalition isn't sharing power

Sen. Jim Hargrove shows charts that indicate where state government has reduced spending on some social programs. OLYMPIA -- Senate Democrats don't know yet whether they will accept an offer to lead six legislative committees in the coming session, Sen. Jim Hargrove said today. The...

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Baumgartner No. 2 on budget panel

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Baumgartner would serve as vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee next year under the proposed "coalition" majority in that chamber. The Spokane Republican, who is halfway through his first term, said he thinks the coalition of the Senate's...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

Coalition in Senate: A coup or exciting pact? 

OLYMPIA -- Reaction to the announcement of a new coalition to run the Senate is decidedly mixed. Republicans, not surprisingly, are hailing the decision of two Democrats to join hands with the 23 GOP members and create a brave new world of legislative leadership. State...

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OLYMPIA -- Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville answers a question about the new coalition leadership being proposed for the Senate. Sens. Rodney Tom, a Bellevue Democrat who is the proposed majority leader, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-LaCenter and Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, are behind Schoesler. (Jim Camden)

Coalition would give GOP Senate control

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, answers a question at the press conference announcing plans for a coalition to run the Senate. OLYMPIA -- If the math holds, Republicans and a pair of Democrats will control the state Senate in 2013. The 23 Republicans voting as a...

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Senate to run by coalition? 

OLYMPIA -- Senate Republicans say they will announce a "coalition" this morning that will run the chamber in the 2013 session. They've scheduled a 10:30 a.m. press conference with a bipartisan group of senators to announce how the coalition will work. Technically, Republicans are the...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

5 seeking 7th District Senate seat

A county commissioner, a former legislator and a former legislative aide are among five applicants so far for an open state Senate seat in Northeastern Washington’s 7th District. The seat becomes open Jan. 1 when Sen. Bob Morton, a 22-year veteran legislator, retires halfway through...

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Kerns to seek state Senate seat

Josh Kerns, a former legislative aide and campaign manager, said today he'll apply for the open state Senate seat in Northeast Washington's 7th District. Kerns, 27, was a legislative aide during the last session to state Rep. John Ahern, managed the campaign of Ahern's replacement...

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MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012

Short won't seek Senate seat

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Shelly Short said this evening she will not seek the state Senate seat that will become open on Jan. 1 with the retirement of Bob Morton. Morton, a 22-year veteran of the Legislature, announced last week that he would retire halfway through...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Schoesler named Senate Republican leader

OLYMPIA -- Mark Schoesler, a Ritzville area wheat farmer, was named leader of the state Senate's Republican Caucus Wednesday. Schoesler, 55, has served 20 years in the Legislature, was elected by other Republicans to take the place of Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla, who stepped...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

Murray new Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA -- Seattle Sen. Ed Murray, who spearheaded the fight for same-sex marriage and ran the Senate's budget writing committee this year, will move up to leading the Democrats in that chamber next year. Murray was elected Senate majority leader Tuesday by the members of...

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