"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

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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