Saturday, January 23, 2010

Report from Olympia…

…via Steve Zemke, who was down testifying on behalf of initiative reform when... Senator Roach's opinion I had impugned the motives of Tim Eyman by noting that he ballot title shopped his initiatives. She started ranting that I should cease testifying and be removed from the hearing. Senator Darlene Fairley, the Chair of the Committee basically ignored her and allowed the Hearing to continue.
That's my own personal State Senator ignoring Pam Roach's tantrum. Kudos from this constituent!

And what's up with that tantrum, anyway? Even if Steve had conquered the Herculean challenge of impugning Eyman's motives, how does that justify denying a citizen his Constitutional right to petition his government? That's what testifying before the Legislature, is, after all, in one of it's purest and most direct manifestations.

Reminds me of this from Hollywood Jane's new boyfriend...
"Bipartisanship is another name for date rape," Grover Norquist has told the Denver Post. "We are trying to change the tones in the state capitals – and turn them toward bitter nastiness and partisanship."
I guess Pammy's on the team.

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Blogger N in Seattle said...

And La Cucaracha packs heat too! I'm surprised Pam didn't pull out her piece and wave it at Steve.

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if Steve mentioned this in the original, but Pammy interrupted him to rant at him. She also interrupted Fairley and McDermott. I can take disagreement, but disrespect?

8:06 PM  

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