Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whoa! Major Development!! Two Democrat state senators in WA State move across the aisle to work with GOP

Will form a bi-partisan working coalition with Republicans

by Clifford F. Thies

Faced with increasingly looney demands by the far left in their party, two Washington state Senators are crossing the aisle to form a bipartisan majority coalition in that state's upper chamber. Previously this cycle, the New York state Senate had been similarly organized.

According to an AP story (via mynorthwest.com), the two Democrats involved say their interest is in developing a "sustainable" state budget, and fostering a pro-growth state economy.
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.
The agreement can be viewed as a continuation of the "budget coup" of March of this year, when three Democrats crossed over and joined with the Republican minority in the Washington state Senate to pass a budget.

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