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2 Dems to work with GOP to control state Senate [Washington State]
Associated Press ^ | 12/10/2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/10/2012 12:40:23 PM PST by Alter Kaker

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Two Democrats in the Washington state Senate abandoned their caucus Monday, vowing to work with Republicans to control the chamber and push conservative budgeting principles.

Democratic Sens. Rodney Tom of Bellevue and Tim Sheldon of Potlatch said the bipartisan cooperation would drive better policies. Under the new plan, Republicans will chair six committees, including the panel that controls the state budget, while Democrats will control another six committees. The parties will split control of three other panels, though Sheldon is on two of those committees.

(Excerpt) Read more at mynorthwest.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: senate; state; washington

1 posted on 12/10/2012 12:40:28 PM PST by Alter Kaker
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To: Alter Kaker

Will the democrats praise this bipartisanship??


2 posted on 12/10/2012 12:53:00 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Alter Kaker

This is weird. The same thing just happened in New York State.
If this happens in one more state I am going to assume there is a conspiracy. Maybe someone with deep pockets is buying off Democrats.


3 posted on 12/10/2012 1:05:59 PM PST by buwaya
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To: buwaya

Cautious optimism...

I’m stunned, actually.

Or maybe...just maybe...some of OUR guys infiltrated the other side, and gave them a taste of their own medicine...


4 posted on 12/10/2012 1:43:13 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: NFHale

Or maybe they now think of our Country’s future instead of themselves.


5 posted on 12/10/2012 1:58:50 PM PST by gunner03
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To: gunner03

“...Or maybe they now think of our Country’s future instead of themselves...”

You’d like to hope and believe so, friend... That might be too much to hope for, though, at this point.

I’ll settle for them being the thorn in their local Dem party’s ass and smile at the thought of it...


6 posted on 12/10/2012 2:00:55 PM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: buwaya

Things have gone the other way in Alaska and Tennessee in the past few years—and I think that this year the Arkansas house has a speaker who is the choice of most of the Demas and a few of the pubs.


7 posted on 12/10/2012 2:26:30 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Alter Kaker

Let’s just hope the Republicans have the guts to push conservative budgeting principles.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 2:27:41 PM PST by aimhigh ( Guns do not kill people. Planned Parenthood kills people.)
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To: gunner03
Or maybe they now think of our Country’s future instead of themselves.

LOLZ!

9 posted on 12/10/2012 6:55:58 PM PST by Redcloak (Winter is coming.)
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To: buwaya

“If this happens in one more state I am going to assume there is a conspiracy. Maybe someone with deep pockets is buying off Democrats.”

Maybe a few Democrats see the train wrecks in California and Illinois and realize they need a brake on the crazy spending.

More likely ... its all about ‘me’.


10 posted on 12/10/2012 9:32:57 PM PST by WOSG (REPEAL AND REPLACE OBAMA. He stole America’s promise!)
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To: Alter Kaker

Tom was once a Republican before switching to the dems 6 years ago. And Tim Sheldon is really an independant. Hstorically he votes with republicans about 40% of the time and many democrats despise him.


11 posted on 12/10/2012 10:19:29 PM PST by proudpapa
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To: Alter Kaker

A friend of mine is a State Senator here in Washington. I donated and waved signs for his campaign. I will have to give him a call and find out how this will change the dynamics in this next session.

My brother is good friends with another Senator over on the coast and he is usually a good “go to” person for Republicans when they need his vote even though he is a Democrat. Very conservative socially but not so much fiscally. I wouldn’t be surprised if he switched parties when he decides to hang it up and not to run again. Truth is he is more aligned with Republican values but CANNOT get elected as a Republican in his county. Period.


12 posted on 12/11/2012 7:51:18 AM PST by copaliscrossing (Progressives are Socialists)
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