"I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors." - Thomas Jefferson (appears in the Jefferson Memorial)

WA Senate, outside spending

Candidate campaign treasuries are being matched and even swamped by the outside money pouring into campaigns.

Look at this page from the Center for Responsive Politics, on outside money in the Washington race for U.S. Senate:

Bottom line … On Democrat Patty Murray, $7.3 million spent, of which $5.7 million was in opposition in and $285,497 in favor. On Republican Dino Rossi, a total of $4,097,532, with $758,117 in favor of him, and $3,339,415 against him.

Which has the net effect, among other thing, of making our politics even uglier than it already is. Wonderful.

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