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November 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: GOP govs soul-searching, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, pot prices

Good Morning.

Plenty of Republican governors, lots of soul-searching: As Washington s-l-o-w counted ballots in its close governor’s race last week, it was easy to forget–  or ignore — the fact that Republicans did pretty well electing governors in the 2012 election. The total number of GOP governors now stands at 30, highest for either party in a dozen years. This week, the incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Bobby Jindal, of Louisiana, urged fellow governors to stop being “the stupid party.” That sounds bad, but what he meant was to be more populist and less anti-intellectual. And, yes, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, persona non grata to some after his  embrace of President Obama during the mega-storm, is joining his fellow governors at the Republican governors’ gathering. He might have to sit in the corner for a while, but he intends to be there. Then, back to Sandy recovery efforts.

First District Congresswoman
Suzan DelBene was in D.C. for
her swearing-in.

Suzan DelBene is now First District Congresswoman Suzan DelBene: DelBene was officially sworn into her new job Tuesday afternoon.

Guess what she didn’t say at her swearing-in? SUZAN DELBENE!!! SUZAN DELBENE,!! as her heavily repetitive TV ads bellowed in the weeks leading up to the primary election. The Everett Herald has her prepared remarks from the swearing-in.

Reps. Norm Dicks and Doc Hastings spoke briefly at the event.

Pot prices: So you thought passage of Initiative 502, the marijuana legalization measure, would make pot cheaper. Not so fast, says Slate Magazine.

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