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February 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: State of the Union, Pelz told to put on big boy panties, longer wait for divorce

Good morning.

State of the Union and the responses. So, what did you think? How did President Obama do? Is he noticeably more relaxed and more in command at the beginning of his second term, as some people say? What did you think of the substance of the speech? Some observers said he was strongest when he spoke on gun control.

On another matter, he proposed an increase in the federal minimum wage, to $9 an hour.

Our state’s minimum wage is higher.

And what about the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and the tea party response from Sen. Rand Paul? Share your thoughts.

Meet Obama’s 32-year-old speechwriter. He had something to do with the words. The better seat in the House, by the by, is just like on the airplane. The aisle seat.

The U. S. Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act. This was hard fought. Our senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, were both active in securing passage.

Dwight Pelz and the rogue Democrats. This might be a frustrating time for Dwight Pelz, state Democratic Party chairman, who has been a little miffed  at state Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon. Tom and Sheldon, both Democrats, joined with  Republicans in the Senate to form what they call the Majority Coalition Caucus. That left the Democrats who thought they were in control in the Senate —  not.  The party has said the senators were guilty of disloyalty and  they were uninvited  from party funds and mailing lists. Now Tim Sheldon’s wife, Linda, has joined the, um, proceedings. She told Pelz to “put on his big boy panties” and learn to compromise.

Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry? State Sen. Don Benton is filing a lot of bills this legislative  session. One of the latest by the Vancouver Republican would extend the waiting period for a divorce, from three months to a year. What do you think of that idea?

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