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Spin Control

Say what?

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen traditionally fills time on the final day of a legislative session by needling the senators to whom he’s been listening for months. He pointed out that some repeat their personal history and positions. He singled out Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, whose antipathy for the state Supreme Court and some of its rulings involving the Legislature is well-known, to suggest some campaign slogans.

“Sen. Baumgartner, a hard-core believer in the Constitution. Except for that silly separation of powers thing,” Owen said. He also had an alternative, shorter slogan. “Hey, Supreme Court: Bite me!”

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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