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February 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Conservative senators removing names from majority caucus website

OLYMPIA — A handful of conservative Republican state senators are removing their names from the website of the GOP-led Majority Coalition Caucus to protest recent decisions by its more moderate leaders. Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry has already removed her name from the website’s roster page, while Sens. Pam Roach and Don Benton said they and another member…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Don Benton, Janea Holmquist-Newbry, Joe Fain

December 10, 2013 at 3:57 PM

State Senate majority plans to pick up where it left off last session

The state Senate majority caucus congratulated itself Tuesday for surviving a year and vowed to pursue legislation that did not pass last session, including changes to K-12 education and workers compensation. The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus was born a year ago when Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom, of Medina, and Tim Sheldon, of Potlatch, announced…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State government, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, rodney tom, Tim Sheldon

November 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Big issues remain, but Senate GOP open to gas-tax hike

State Senate Republicans are willing to consider a gas-tax increase of 11.5 cents a gallon for highway and ferry construction, and even to allow new local taxes for King County Metro Transit, according to a proposal forged over the holiday weekend. It would avoid the tolling of Interstate 90 to help pay for construction of…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, transportation, Washington State Legislature

July 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Poll: Lawmakers get D+ for work this year

Well, at least it wasn’t an F. State lawmakers received a D+ from voters in a new poll about the 2013 Legislative session. Seventeen percent of respondents to The Elway Poll did give the lawmakers an F, while 29 percent chose D, 34 percent chose C, 11 percent chose B and 1 percent chose A (and 9…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: 2013 legislative session, grades, Majority Coalition Caucus

January 31, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Rodney Tom meets ‘King Rodney Tom’ portrait outside Capitol

OLYMPIA — Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, it turns out, can appreciate quality artwork even when it’s a parody portrait depicting him as a monarch. The Medina Democrat, who angered his own party by forming a majority coalition with Republicans, laughed off a “King Rodney Tom” painting when he encountered it outside…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Fuse Washington, Majority Coalition Caucus, Mark Schoesler

January 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday politics: a different take on Rodney Tom, gender neutral state code

Good Morning. A new take on Rodney Tom conversion? The new leader in the state Senate, he of the Majority Coalition Caucus, is an enigma for some Democrats who wonder how he can call himself a Democrat when he joined with Republicans to form the Republican-leaning group. Republican John Carlson has an

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0 Comments | More in Education, homepage, Marijuana, Politics Northwest, Secretary of State, State Legislature | Topics: dry cleaning, Gary Alexander, gender neutral language

January 17, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Roach praises herself, scolds press, announces book in rambling news conference

In a rambling, hour-long news conference, beleaguered state Sen. Pam Roach on Thursday enumerated her life accomplishments, lectured reporters and announced that she is writing a book. The book, to be titled “The Caucus,” will be about “what it’s like to be in the Senate Republican caucus,” the six-term Auburn senator said. Roach called the news…

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0 Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Jim West, Majority Coalition Caucus, mike hewitt

January 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Rodney Tom under fire from Democratic Party activists over Senate coalition

Rodney Tom may be about to formally become the most powerful member of the state Senate, but he is increasingly taking heat from his own party. Democratic Party activists in central Seattle’s 43rd district are expected to vote Tuesday to censure Tom, a Medina Democrat, for joining with 23 Republicans and one other Democrat to…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: 43rd district, 48th district, ed murray

December 11, 2012 at 5:13 PM

State Sen. Ed Murray: Being the minority better than taking ‘power-sharing’ proposal

State Sen. Ed Murray — the Seattle Democrat who was set to lead the Senate before two members of his party defected to form a new majority caucus with Republicans — said Tuesday he would rather be in the minority than participate in the coalition’s “power-sharing” proposal. “I don’t believe that the Democrats will be in…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: ed murray, Majority Coalition Caucus, rodney tom

December 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

If Tom becomes state Senate majority leader, who exactly would he lead?

A day after Republicans announced they plan to make Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, the Senate majority leader, a key question remains: Who would he lead? The GOP, with the help of Tom and Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlach, said Monday they expect to take control of the Senate. Republican Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, however, said in…

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0 Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ed murray, Majority Coalition Caucus, rodney tom