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January 23, 2013 at 3:50 PM
WASHINGTON — One ugly painting. Three recipients.
A congressional tradition observed by members of Washington’s delegation took an unusual turn this year when a painting of a just-hatched chick was passed to the state’s newest member of Congress — and rotated among the state’s three House freshmen.
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Camas, who took possession of the artwork when she arrived in Congress in 2011, bestowed it Wednesday — briefly — to U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene of Medina.
DelBene was elected to fill the 1st District seat vacated by the new Gov. Jay Inslee. But because Inslee resigned before his term was up, DelBene was seated shortly after the November elections — a month before the rest of the freshmen class.
DelBene immediately handed the painting off to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor. Kilmer was elected to the 6th District seat vacated by Rep. Norm Dicks, who retired this year.
Kilmer got dibs on the painting before fellow freshman Democrat Denny Heck of Olympia; he represents the newly-created 10th District. That’s because Kilmer’s victory margin of 59 percent just edged out Heck’s 58.6 percent. Heck will get the painting next year.
Kilmer, according to a spokesman, said: “The painting has been in Congress longer than I’ve been alive. … I intend to hang it next to my life-sized poster of Russell Wilson as both have been described as too young and too short to succeed.”
Former U.S. Rep. Joel Pritchard bought the picture in 1972 for either 50 bucks or 50 cents. Dicks received in when he got to Congress in 1977, and all the subsequent House freshmen have hung — or hid — the artwork in their office.
January 9, 2013 at 6:19 AM
Good morning. Happy New Year, all.
Guns, guns, guns: The voices are growing louder. Tuesday, a group of Seattle mayors — one present and a few former — the King County executive and some local businesses joined forces to announce a gun buyback program aimed at offering a small reward for guns people no longer want. Is this the answer to gun control? Few say that it is, but the program is touted as an effort to do something. From former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Vice President Joe Biden, people are talking about some sort of gun control. How much? What steps specifically? That’s all much more complicated.
But today — Wednesday at noon — readers have a chance to join the discussion about gun laws and gun control. Join our live chat with state Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, Phil Watson of the Second Amendment Foundation and Times reporter Brian M. Rosenthal. Please feel free to submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be a lively discussion.
Jostling for position. Newly minted U.S. Rep. Denny Heck — he of Washington’s new 10th Congressional District — has been named to the House Financial Services Committee, which handles all kinds of stuff like banking matters, Wall Street reform and consumer protection. Anyhow, Heck first was tapped for the House Budget Committee, but because financial services is such a broad task, members cannot serve on other committees. Goodbye budget, hello, financial services.
Congress’ less popular than cockroaches: OMG, as the kids say. A new poll shows Congress is really unpopular. You pretty much knew that. But maybe you didn’t know that the public likes a lot of icky things, such as cockroaches and traffic jams, more than Congress.
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