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December 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Senate GOP adds a committee and subtracts some Democrats

Though it still calls itself the Majority Coalition Caucus, Republicans won an outright majority of the state Senate in last month’s election. As such, when the coalition Tuesday evening announced committee chairs for the upcoming legislative session, it did away with the handful of Democrats that had served as committee chairs or co-chairs. The name of one Democrat,…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Majority Coalition Caucus, mark miloscia, Tim Sheldon

December 1, 2014 at 10:04 PM

GOP state senators elect Mark Schoesler majority leader

GOP state senators Monday elected Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, their new majority leader. Schoesler replaces outgoing Sen. Rodney Tom, a Democrat, who retired this year rather than run for re-election. Tom and Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, crossed the aisle two years ago to caucus with Republicans and form the GOP-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. “I’m grateful to…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Bruce Dammeier, Mark Schoesler, Tim Sheldon

August 7, 2014 at 6:37 PM

District 35: Travis Couture concedes as Sen. Sheldon holds onto second

Election results updated Thursday evening gave us new numbers in a some area legislative primaries, and at least one candidate has conceded. Democratic state Sen. Tim Sheldon is holding steady in second place in District 35 behind Democratic challenger Irene Bowling. Bowling leads with 35.2 percent to Sheldon’s 33.4 percent. Republican Travis Couture, in third place with…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Cathy Dahlquist, claude burfect, irene bowling

August 5, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Some quick highlights from Tuesday’s vote count

The first results from Tuesday’s primary have been announced. Remember, the top two vote-getting candidates head to the November general election. Here’s a quick roundup: – Seattle voters are so far approving, 52 percent to 47.5 percent, a city measure to establish a Seattle Park District with taxing authority. – Republican state Sen. Pam Roach of Auburn narrowly leads challenger Republican Rep. Cathy Dahlquist,…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Congressional races, State legislative races, State Legislature | Topics: Clint Didier, jim mcdermott, John Lovick

April 21, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Joan McBride defers to Cyrus Habib for state Senate run

Former Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride is stepping aside to allow freshman state Rep. Cyrus Habib to run for the state Senate. Instead, McBride said Monday morning she’ll run for Habib’s House seat in the Democratic-leaning 48th Legislative District, which includes parts of Bellevue, Kirkland and Redmond. The move, essentially a swap of the two Democrats on the…

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Comments | More in State legislative races | Topics: Cyrus Habib, Joan McBride, rodney tom

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

February 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM

‘Not invited to our party anymore': Democrats turn up heat on Tom, Sheldon

State Democrats ramped up their public relations campaign against Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon on Thursday, asking party members to sign a letter informing the state senators that they are “no longer part of the Democratic Party.” Tom, of Medina, and Sheldon, of Potlatch, joined with 23 Republicans last month to form a coalition…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: censure, Democratic party, Dwight Pelz

January 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Republicans say state Senate is “operating just fine”

The GOP-led coalition in the Senate declared victory after passing five noncontroversial bills on Wednesday with near unanimous votes. “Despite dire predictions of gridlock the Senate is operating just fine,” Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said in a statement late Wednesday. “The Majority Coalition Caucus is governing – focusing on job growth, education and creating…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: rodney tom, Tim Sheldon, Washington State Legislature

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

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