One Year of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus – the Bipartisan Coalition That Was Never Supposed to Last
OLYMPIA, Dec. 11.—When two Democrats bolted from their caucus to join with the Senate Republicans a year ago, many wondered how long their new majority coalition would hold together. Maybe a month — maybe two, tops. Some figured about lunchtime.
Twelve months later, it’s still here. At an anniversary news conference Tuesday Senate leaders said they plan to drive the course of debate in the Legislature just as they did in 2013. Certainly their message came with a bit of self-congratulation and hornblowing, but when you consider how low those expectations were a year ago and how the coalition changed the course of the Legislature – perhaps it might be excused.
“In Washington, D.C., they continue to bicker and plod along, while our bipartisan coalition now moves into a second year of working cooperatively,” said Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina. “We’ve become the voice of reason when it comes to jobs, education and the budget, including the discussions going on right now about a new list of transportation projects and how to keep and attract aerospace work.”