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Rodney Tom

Rodney Tom

Understanding Rodney Tom would teach Democrats a lot – The new majority leader’s decision to work with Republicans sends a message to Democrats. But don’t count on the message being received. Democrats Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon have joined a coalition of Republicans in the Washington state Senate to form a majority. Will it mean an impasse on state K-12 education funding? When you prevent a popular lawmaker like Ed Murray from being the new Senate Majority Leader, don’t expect bouquets from the Seattle media — especially if you’re a Democrat who wins the coveted position with Republican votes. So, when Rodney Tom ascended to the Senate’s top job, he was called “two faced” by online columnist Joel Connelly. The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat called him a Seattle basher. Even worse, he called him rich. And The Times’ Ron Judd, always a subtle touch, dismissed him as Benedict Arnold. In Seattle’s liberal and left wing blogosphere, “betrayal” is one of the milder words flying around. But when Rodney Tom walked away from the Republican Party seven years ago, the media reaction was different. Quite different. Click here to read the complete article on...

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GOP Governor Blues

GOP Governor Blues

Why the Republicans keep coming up short for governor – The state GOP legitimately has the governor blues, but there’s no reason to despair about ever winning a chance to lead the state again. It has been 32 years since a Republican in Washington has won a race for governor, stretching back to 1980 when the Democrats were so divided that both President Jimmy Carter and Gov. Dixy Lee Ray faced primary challenges. Carter survived his from Ted Kennedy but was buried in the 41-state Reagan landslide. Dixy was tackled in the primary by Seattle state Sen. Jim McDermott, the only progressive candidate in a five member field. Three Republicans — King County Executive John Spellman, co-Speaker of the State House Duane Berentson, and Secretary of State Bruce Chapman — divided the non-liberal vote with Dixy, allowing McDermott to squeak through with the nomination. But in November, McDermott got 43.5 percent of the vote against the genial, pipe-smoking Spellman, “the man who built the Kingdome”. Click here to read the complete article on...

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