The Senate voted 25-23 to adopt new rules that will see each party chair six committees, but the Republican-controlled majority will chair the most powerful committees, including the budget, education and healthcare. Democrats have agreed to co-chair three committees - Sen. Brian Hatfield (D-Raymond) on the Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee, Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) on the Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee, and Sen. Tracey Eide (D-Federal Way) on the Transportation Committee. Earlier, members of the coalition rejected a power-sharing counter proposal that would have seen a co-chair from each party on all committees. Tom, the coalition’s choice for majority leader, called for a tone of cooperation and collaboration. “We have a lot of pressing issues in front of us and it is going to take all of us working together side by side.”But some of the legislators still prefer insanity:
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Federal Way) said it was a sad day for the Senate and called it “politics of the other Washington.” “The voter’s choice apparently doesn’t matter here today,” she said.Perfectly Orwellian, perfectly fucking idiotic, perfectly murderous. Comrade Keiser has it exactly backwards. Coalition government is the EXACT FUCKING OPPOSITE of the "other Washington", and coalition government is at least an attempt to give the voters what they want. Remains to be seen if it will work as planned, but it's holding together pretty well at this point.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.