Writings and observations

If you have the misfortune to be a legislator who is a member of the minority party, does that mean you’re just SOL and don’t really even need to show up for work? Is your whole cause lost before you start?

Doesn’t always have to be. Case in point is this story from the Spokesman-Review on the legislators of eastern Washington’s district 4 – a senator (Bob McCaslin) and two representatives (Lynn Schindler and Larry Crouse) all Republicans. The story outlines some of what they did and the impact they did have. Less, doubtless, than if they were in the majority, but significant nonetheless.

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Could be our memory didn’t pick up something, but the first Northwest newspaper editorial this year we can recall seeing specifically calling for New York Senator Hillary Clinton to drop out of the presidential race, came out last week.

It was in the McMinnville (OR) News-Register, which often endorses Republicans (including George Bush in 2004). It’s rationale? Bipartisan, and a little different than what you may have heard elsewhere:

“We don’t urge Clinton’s withdrawal to help salvage Obama’s chances against McCain in November. Rather, it’s so Americans can get on with the real debate on issues for the historic November election. We would like to start that debate by taking a look at positions that Obama and McCain hold on some of those important issues.”

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