State Relations

December 17, 2012

State Senate Proposals and Counter-Proposals

Control of the State Senate is still up in the air this week.

Over the weekend, both sides took to the editorial page of the Seattle Times in dueling guest op-eds to argue their respective cases.

In one corner: “Don’t Call the State Senate’s Majority Coalition Bi-Partisan,” authored by State Sens. Ed Murray (D-Seattle) and Karen Fraser (D-Olympia).

In the other: “State Senate’s New Majority Coalition Caucus Will Govern Across Party Lines,” written by State Sens. Rodney Tom (D-Medina) and Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville).

Today, Senate Democrats rejected the Majority Coalition’s earlier power-sharing proposal, and made a counter-offer of their own.

Sen. Murray also told the Associated Press he wouldn’t cede his leadership position as Senate Majority Leader, until the Majority Coalition Caucus moves to change the body’s rules on the floor.