"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)

Legislators to watch

Veteran national political reporter Lou Jacobson (working for Governing magazine) has been searching out some of the top state legislator prospects for the future, and today released a list of 10 Republicans to watch (Democrats next week). Two of them are from the Northwest.

One is, for Oregonians, a easy-enough name to come up with: House Co-Speaker Bruce Hanna: “In the tied Oregon House, Hanna shares power with his Democratic counterpart, Arnie Roblan. The duo has won praise for their cooperation, including their attempts to hammer out a budget agreement with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber.”

The other, in Washington, is a newer face and less obvious, freshman state Senator Andy Hill: “Hill retired from his job as a Microsoft software engineer to fight what looked like terminal lung cancer. Thanks to an experimental treatment, he beat the disease and proceeded to knock off a Democratic state Senate incumbent in 2010. Since taking office earlier this year, he’s struck alliances with Democrats on certain environmental and education issues.”

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