Prisoners in King Tom's Dungeon: Legislation Doomed in the Senate
Thanks to the leadership of King Tom, the Senate has become a place where good legislation goes to die. King Tom has decreed, "These bills will never see the light of day!"
Off With Their Heads: King Tom Decides Which Bills Live or Die
King Tom has used his power as Senate Majority Leader to slash services, empower ultra-conservative committee chairs, and kill common-sense legislation. Who will win the battle between corporate special interests and the needs of working families? See how King Tom rules.
Slow Clap: Fuzzy Math
King Tom Reassures Corporate Lobbyists: "We've Got Your Back"
"If Senate Republicans don't make sweetheart deals for heartless corporate interests and Wall Street bankers, who will? Not the voters, not the governor, not the Supreme Court. They want a "fair" system.
But guess what? Life's not fair. And Senate Republicans are working hard to keep it that way."
King Tom is Tuckered Out: Republican Senators Work Fewer Hours During Legislature's Busiest Week
The week before the legislative deadline is traditionally one of the busiest in Olympia, with legislators scurrying about trying to drum up last minute support for their bills, lest they get deferred to the next session or lost in limbo. After a several weeks of resisting progress, gutting social services, and catering to the far-right wing, Republican Senators are pooped!
King Tom's First 50 Days: A Renaissance of Bad Ideas
The first 100 days of any leader's administration can reveal a lot about his or her priorities. But King Tom, ever the over-achiever, has in his first 50 days already managed to revive a plethora of measures that undermine the health and financial security of Washington families.
What's Wrong with Good Old Fashioned Leeches?
Picture this: You work as a server in a restaurant, handling food and beverages, interacting with hundreds of people every day, and one morning you wake up with a cold. Like many working class people, you have to choose between (a) coming to work sick, slowing recovery time and exposing your customers and coworkers to your illness, and (b) missing a shift, causing undue financial strain on you and your family.
Good news! King Tom and his conservative court have the answer for whatever ails you–buck up! A strong pair of bootstraps should be enough to pull yourself out of any illness. But paid sick leave? That's poppycock!
Slow Clap: Working Families Tax Credit
Where does King Tom Stand on the Reproductive Parity Act? Well that depends...
The state House passed the Reproductive Parity Act this morning, but what will King Tom do with it in the Senate? It turns out the answer is "it's complicated."
Royal Shock: ALEC Members Chair Half of Committees in King Tom's Court
Scandal and speculation have engulfed the royal palace after a King Tom Watch investigation revealed seven out of the fourteen committee chairs in King Tom's Conservative Court are current or former members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. In addition, current or former ALEC members are vice chairs in several committees, and ten Senators were reimbursed for their ALEC membership dues. While most royal observers assume King Tom only listens to himself, it's apparent that ALEC is a major influence on the priorities of his conservative court.
Slow Clap: Family and Medical Leave
Jubilant Crowds Celebrate Unveiling of Official Royal Portrait
Celebrations of King Tom's ascension to the throne in Olympia culminated last week with the unveiling of the official portrait. Commissioned from one of the foremost artists in the land, it shows King Tom in his royal regalia as befitting a head of state.
Exclusive: King Tom Sought Reimbursement for Bose Headphones To Cancel Out Noise From Low-Income Subjects
New details have emerged in the wake of an investigation into legislators' reimbursements for office expenses.
The Associated Press first reported that King Tom and many members of his Conservative Court received taxpayer reimbursements for dry cleaning, paintings, and headphones. King Tom Watch has learned that Tom sought a reimbursement for Bose headphones to cancel out all noise from subjects earning less than $50,000 per year.
Slow Clap: Taxpayers Bought King Tom's Luxury Headphones
Family Leave For The Subjects? No!
The Legislature passed the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act in 2007 to give parents a stipend for up to 5 weeks to care for a newborn child. The limited state bill only applies to parents, unlike federal legislation which also covers individuals who are injured.
Yet King Tom is having none of it. He and Prince Tim Sheldon have co-sponsored a bill to repeal Washington's family and medical leave. Does Tom think this is only a "Seattle" problem because all his friends and neighbors in Medina can afford live-in nannies?
From Censured to Sensation: King Tom Promotes Pam Roach
King Tom's Coronation
Rodney Tom (Himself - 48) completed his ascension to the Senate throne January 14 as King of the Conservatives. The lavish ceremony was the culmination of months of high-level negotiations between Tom and his fellow Republicans. "I'm excited about this new...
Rodney Tom, King of the Conservatives
King Rodney Tom's ascension to power in Washington is a remarkable story of drama and palace intrigue. After years of toiling in obscurity as the Chair of the Budget and Higher Education Committees, Tom knew he was destined for...
Kirkland Reporter: 300 people call on legislators to pass budget, fund education at Kirkland rally
The Legislature is in the midst of a second special session due to a lack of compromise, and rally-goers believe Republican leaders in the Senate have held the budget "hostage" in an attempt to pass policy bills.
SeattlePI.com: Sen. Tom endorses Republican sponsor of anti-gay bill
State Sen. Sharon Brown, a Tri-Cities Republican who would let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians, is running for reelection with support from fellow Senate Republicans as well as the two Democrats who joined them in a coalition that took over the Senate Senate.
SeattlePI.com: Republicans on state Dream Act: It's to make us look racist
In what is often the only country they have known, these young people are pursuing the American dream -- for which an education is a prerequisite. A large number of them descended on Olympia, a couple weeks back, to tell their stories at a public hearing. Sen. Bailey canceled the hearing.
Publicola: Voters in the 48th Frowning on Tom Reelection
Results from a recent poll shows that voters in the 48th legislative district aren't very fond of state Sen. Rodney Tom.
Publicola: A Downward Spiral
Not only is Tom's Majority Coalition Caucus blocking the Democratic agenda, but they appear to be going about it hypocritically.
Publicola: Democratic House Passes RPA, Delivering Challenge to Sen. Tom
The Democratic state house of reps passed the Reproductive Parity Act today in along straight party lines, 53-43. The RPA, which requires insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion, is the first of its kind to pass in the country...The question is: Is Tom brave enough to bring it to the floor?