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Posted: 1/7/2006 4:46:09 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 5:16:12 PM EST by CRC]
Link does not work. Sorry
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:48:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:50:59 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 4:56:59 PM EST by CRC]
No. Sorry.

I found this on Google news and I am not sure if I am allowed to post the whole article.

Basically you have Democrats gloating over tax increases.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 4:58:22 PM EST
what he's saying is that the link goes to a subscription page.
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:05:06 PM EST

And I don't have a subscription.

The article was posted on Google News.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:06:43 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:

And I don't have a subscription.

The article was posted on Google News.

So why did you post the link for KGW?
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:08:12 PM EST

Originally Posted By CRC:

Happy Hour over?
Or is the Doofus club not able to post...
Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:10:58 PM EST
Your Google-Fu skills are weak....

Majority Democrats take a victory lap

By DAVID AMMONS / Associated Press

Relaxed and sassy majority Democrats, enjoying an unusual lock on power in Olympia, view the new legislative session as a victory lap.

Heading into an election season when they expect to cement their grip for another two years, the Democrats plan to highlight their achievements of the past year and then add some frosting.

Led by their rookie governor, the Democrats plan to pass a few assorted tax breaks, boost some popular programs, tackle a few showcase issues, and even try to build an image of fiscal prudence.

And you can bet they plan to get out of Dodge on time — March 9 — and crow about being good managers. That shouldn't be too hard with the Democrats in control of the whole shooting match, money not a problem, and the issues du jour fairly uncomplicated.

Benefiting from an economic resurgence, they won't be going to the tax well — as they did big-time last year — and will be able to earn political chits by parceling out part of the state's eye-popping $1.45 billion revenue surplus.

Republicans, stuck in political Siberia for a season, can only shiver. Their only hope to score political points is for Democrats go nuts and spend, spend, spend.

As it is, Democrats are plenty proud of their 2005 session, but clearly hope that voters will forget all those tax increases — on gasoline, smokes, booze, and big estates.

This year, instead of cutting spending and alienating their political backers, or raising taxes and ticking off the voters, Democrats don't have to consider either. They can spend, within fairly tight limits, and they can legitimately talk about being financially responsible if they indeed salt away a significant portion of the surplus.

The political benefits are obvious.

"We are very aware that it's an election year and we have been preparing for that," says House Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam. "This session does matter a lot. We want this session to be successful — not giddy or over the top. It will be a challenge."



As Democratic leaders arrived in Olympia last week and the governor conducted her pre-session interviews, they were definitely in victory lap mode. Asked about the upcoming session, they quickly lapsed into talking about last year's accomplishments, essentially downplaying the new session as mere refinement.

And perhaps lowering expectations.

It's true, the 105-day odd-year session is the main session every biennium. That's when the main budget is written and most of the heavy lifting is done. The constitution seems to contemplate a mop-up session in the election year, limiting the regular session to just 60 days.

As they prepare to face the voters, Democrats are mostly staking their reputation on last year's accomplishments.

They talk about expanding children's health care, landmark environmental bills, expansion of college opportunities, election reforms, a new life sciences fund, an $8.5 billion transportation fix, financing of education initiatives, a meth crackdown, prescription drugs, performance audits, and improving access to public records.

"We're building on our successes," says Holly Armstrong, the governor's communications director. "The last session was hugely successful, but no one seems to know about it. After the re-count, everything else was a blur."

House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, not often given to hyperbole, calls it the most amazing session in 30 years.

By comparison, the 2006 session will pale, and the Democrats know it. Perhaps that's why they're living in the past.

The new session includes a number of consensus bills — energy, crime-fighting, parks, and help for high-schoolers in passing that darned WASL graduation test, for instance.

Anything terribly complicated or controversial — such as medical malpractice and lawsuit reform — apparently will have to wait.

That leaves the budget and the handling of the surplus as the Democrats' biggest test. The governor, the leaders and their budget chairs, Sen. Margarita Prentice and Rep. Helen Sommers, are persuaded that Democrats are up to the task.

"All eyes are on the Democrats and whether we're the spenders they all say we are," Kessler readily concedes. "I think you'll find we produce a conservative budget and we're not going to spend all that new revenue on something that is just not sustainable."



Republicans and outside conservative groups don't believe a word of the Democrats' talk of prudence. The new GOP leaders, Mike Hewitt in the Senate and Richard DeBolt in the House, see last year as clear evidence of the Democrats overspending, overtaxing and overregulating.

They fully expect to see more of the same this year. Last week, they made a ritual plea for Democrats to roll back last year's tax increases and urged adoption of a skinny supplemental budget.

State GOP Chairman Chris Vance predicts a runaway session — and says the voters will see Democrats' true colors.

"The Democrats are out their gleefully spending their capital," he says. "They spent all the money last year and now they're using their credit cards."

The governor's budget, which calls for a half-billion in new spending, is the low-water mark and her legislative colleagues will start a bidding war, he says.

Tax rebel Tim Eyman gives Democrats credit for at least espousing restraint.

"They don't want to go hog wild and lose their majorities," he says. "The danger is a gorge-fest on that $1.4 billion surplus. It can be a crack-addict thing."



THE OTHER GOVERNOR: Gregoire took grief for standing up the press corps and visiting editors at last week's AP pre-session forum — she was running so late after a lingering meeting with gazillionaire Bill Gates that her appearance was canceled. So when legislative Republicans held a news event a few days later, they took glee in producing "the real governor," Dino Rossi.

HANGING LOCKE: Gregoire's predecessor and mentor, Gary Locke, was back at the Capitol this week for the unveiling of his official portrait. The popular two-term governor is now practicing law in Seattle. Former first lady Mona Lee Locke is back on TV.

GREGOIRE RATINGS: Gregoire's job approval rating, dismal throughout her first year, eases up to 55 percent in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll. Same independent poll puts Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., 15 points head of Republican challenger Mike McGavick.

IT'S IN THE MAIL: Final tally shows that most of us — more than 84 percent — cast ballots by mail in November. Total turnout was 55 percent. Good Citizen award goes to Garfield County, where 74 percent cast ballots.

SHORT TAKES: John Kerry is raising money for Cantwell. ... Former Senate Republican Leader Bill Finkbeiner, potentially the swing vote to pass a gay-rights bill, draws a challenger in his 45th District race, software millionaire Eric Oemig. ... The Capitol hosts a putt-putt golf tourney Jan. 12, to benefit foster kids. Gregoire hosts the "19th hole" at the governor's mansion. ... No clear front-runner yet to succeed Paul Berendt as state Democratic chairman.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:13:54 PM EST
I make a motion OdT lock this fucking troll thread.

Every state has its bs, this fucktard doesnt even list a state, then lists a link that doesnt work.

I doubt any of us voted for that bitch, or her kommie tax increases.

Link Posted: 1/7/2006 5:20:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/7/2006 5:20:31 PM EST by OdT]
Renameing the topic after the piss match has been started is ..... wrong
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