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  •  Don't forget (4+ / 0-)

    the Democratic caucus in Washington isn't all that progressive to start with; large numbers of business conservatives got kicked out of the Republican party in the 90s for not being insane, and the Democratic majority in Washington state is still very much hostage to that interest. That's why we have one of the most regressive tax structures in the country. With all of the compromise among the factions required to get the Washington Democratic party to pass any sort of budget anyway, a coalition Senate is probably going to be effectively indistinguishable, seeing as we've already got our legal pot and marriage equality, and there's no way the Republicans can run through any of their anti-women BS.

    •  Washington State (0+ / 0-)

      From what I can tell, the politicians are more beholden to their particular special interest groups than in the party they belong to. There is the Boeing set, the Starbucks set, the Microsoft set, etc.

      •  I actually kind of interested in where this goes (0+ / 0-)

        I don't know the exact details of the filing process, but candidates file in Washington state as "supports the X party". I'm sure that filing papers are signed under penalties of perjury, and I just wonder if one of these wayward democrats could actually be sued by a voter for election fraud.

    •  Yeah, thanks to the (0+ / 0-)

      influence of the "Roadkill Caucus" within the larger Dem caucus, it wasn't much different last cycle, policy-wise. (Although that clique is smaller now, with Kastama gone and Haugen having lost. Other than Tom and Sheldon, that pretty much just leaves Steve Hobbs, unless I'm forgetting someone else. I suppose Hargrove and Hatfield were kind of roadkill-curious.)

      Factor in that the GOP moderate freshmen (Hill, Litzow, and Fein) were big players last cycle (they helped get same-sex marriage over the top, for instance), so, yeah, the centrists of both parties were calling a lot of the shots even before this.

      Editor, Daily Kos Elections.

      by David Jarman on Tue Dec 11, 2012 at 01:34:37 PM PST

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