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January 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM
New Obama in office: Many political observers are talking about President Obama’s inaugural address and how, in the second term, he may just let his views hang out there. He does seem to be developing new ways to maneuver around partisan gridlock. The latest example is gun control. Instead of calling up a bunch of moderate Democratic senators and twisting their jittery arms to support his policies, he is taking his case to the public. Their public. Interesting strategy.
Sarah Palin out; her fans’ worst nightmare: Palin has run her course on FOX. She is out as a Fox news contributor.
Washington Sen. Patty Murray is the new Senate budget chairwoman. Slate has a fascinating piece about Murray’s potential impact on budget negotiations.
Closer to home, Don Benton is the star of the local blogs. State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, barely won re-election. You will recall his race went into recount. But none of that is worrying the state senator these days. He’s a busy guy, introducing a lot of legislation, including a parental notification bill now gaining a lot of attention.
Avoid the crowd in the Seattle mayor’s race. How would you like to be a Seattle Port commissioner? The ad (below) has been appearing in a couple of media locales of late. It’s an ad aimed at filling the port commission seat vacated by Gael Tarleton who has gone to the Legislature. To the uninitiated, it looks like an ad for the four port seats that will be up this fall.
But Port Commissioner Tom Albro says the ad is designed to find good people to fill Tarleton’s spot and serve an important community institution. It doesn’t hurt if it raises the profile and awareness of the work the port does.
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January 11, 2013 at 6:00 AM
The Legislative session is a go on Monday. Political observers are gearing up for a lengthy outing. For Democrats in the state Senate, it might feel longer than normal, because two Democrats, Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon, joined with Republicans to stage a power shuffle. Under the unusual arrangement, Tom becomes Senate majority leader and Democrats were offered a chance to to share chairmanships with Republicans. Initially, Democrats seemed unwilling to join the agreement. But now comes word that some Democrats want to lead a few committees. Tom, by the by, is the object of both wrath and thanks for his decision to team up with Republicans.
State Sen. Ed Murray’s latest task. The individual who had to be most disappointed by the legislative coup was Murray. The Seattle Democrat was elected Senate majority leader by fellow Democrats, only to lose the post to Tom under the new arrangement. Murray has a new project. He committed this week to introducing a Washington state assault weapons ban.
Asked about his latest legislative project, Murray, who led the way on gay marriage over many sessions, said: “Yes, I like bills that take years to pass,” adding that, “and supporters are always mad at me because of the time it takes.”
Vice President Joe Biden, working the issue nationally, says he will offer his recommendations on guns by next Tuesday.
One-upmanship: Politico had a couple of stories this week on pro- gun and anti-gun membership, one describing an anti-illegal gun group that says it has attracted 400,000 new members since the Newtown shootings, while the NRA boasts it has signed up 100,000 new members.
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December 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Good Morning. Happy Friday and Happy Holidays:
UPDATED: includes link to NRA Press Conference.
Rob McKenna and the GOP: Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna has been out and about talking about the 2012 election. He had some very interesting things to say about re-branding the national Republican Party and how the party must change, as in, find new ways to appeal to younger voters, minorities and women. As for his own plans, McKenna plans to join a private law firm, and you never know, he might make another run for governor. But, obviously, it’s too early to get into all of that.
The national conversation about gun control: There is no doubt that a nationwide discussion has begun on gun control. The NRA held a press conference Friday on its own “meaningful contribution” to the dialogue. Here’s a link to the call for an armed officer in every school.
Several observers say it matters not that the usual gun control advocates have come forward, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein or New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg. These pols have been working on gun control for many years. The new thinking, if there is such a thing, is that some people who earlier opposed gun control are having a conversion of some sort. Think Outgoing Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, the first GOP senator to support a renewed assault weapons ban. Or West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a longtime gun rights supporter, had a new approach the other day, and then retreated a bit.
Former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck: Steinbrueck announced plans this week to run for Seattle mayor in 2013. That was expected by anyone who has spoken with him in recent months. But few thought he would land such a fast endorsement from his former colleague, Councilmember Nick Licata. The two were big pals when they served on the council at the same time. Also, Steinbrueck had to can some of his activities now that he is officially a candidate.
Everything you want to know about state Sen. Ed Murray. Josh Feit has a long profile on Murray, who has had the busiest political year. The story went to press before the announcement of a new coalition government in Olympia, which, if it succeeds, will mean Murray, the Democrats’ choice for Senate majority leader, will be a little less busy. The coalition plan installs state Sen. Rodney Tom as the majority leader. Murray still cannot raise money for the mayor’s race while the Legislature is in session. Murray seemed to know a potential change was coming. (Read deep in the piece).
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