Postman on Politics
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July 21, 2008 10:44 AM
Posted by David Postman
The union-funded Evergreen Progress PAC is airing two new TV spots critical of Republican Dino Rossi’s tenure in the Legislature. Both ads follow the theme and style of earlier spots from the PAC; 15 seconds, narrated in a Desperate-Housewives-sort-of-way, mining Rossi’s votes as chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee in 2003.
The new spots focus on education and Rossi's support for suspending two citizen-approved initiatives designed to give teachers raises and to reduce class sizes. Gov. Chris Gregoire made funding those initiatives a priority when she took office in 2005.
The nation's largest teacher's union is one of the recent big donors to Evergreen Progress. The PAC reported a $250,000 contribution from a National Education Association PAC on June 29.
The PAC calls the new ads, "Overcrowding"
And "Teacher Pay."
Funding the education initiatives will continue to be a part of the gubernatorial campaign. Andrew Garber wrote in yesterday's Times about spending increases during Gregoire's term in office. The initiatives play a role in the $8 billion jump in spending. As Gregoire told Garber, "I'm not one who disregards the voice of the people."
You can see at the conservative Washington Policy Center blog about what Jason Mercier says is "the selective respect paid by the governor to the will of the voters."
While a commendable position, the problem with this statement is that to fund I-728 and I-732 the governor and the legislature overrode, using an emergency clause, I-601 and I-402 (estate tax reduction).
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