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You got to have faith…in budget cuts

You got to have faith…in budget cuts

State Legislators have been saying for years that they’re “up all night” fretting over the budget. Last night, they finally put in the time to make that ring true, with a debate that lasted until 2 in the morning. It all started when Senator Ed Murray released a budget proposal which cut… hardly anything. Even... Read more...
Need is up. Use of services is down. It’s a win/win!

Need is up. Use of services is down. It’s a win/win!

Making services harder to access is just as good for budget-writers as it is bad for the needy. That explains the overwhelming excitement from all quarters of the Legislature to the news of the surprising decline in caseloads. As narcissist hero Ed Murray said: “If you use the governor’s budget as a framework … two-thirds... Read more...
Ed Murray is still not equal to himself

Ed Murray is still not equal to himself

Only in Olympia could approving a policy supported by a strong majority of the state be taken as a sign of political bravery. But that’s exactly the case with the marriage equality bill which, despite polling at about 55% approval, won Senator Ed Murray (narcissist, 43rd) and Governor Gregoire national credit for political bravery. (The... Read more...
Not the first to put the "limp" in Olympia

Not the first to put the “limp” in Olympia

When State Troopers finally arrested peaceful protestors for their symbolically violent use of the 1st amendment to speak out for redress of grievances against the government as if that were a right more important than the official closing time of a public building, some of the protestors chose to "go limp". Too bad for them...... Read more...
It's impolite to anguish with your mouth full

It’s impolite to anguish with your mouth full

On June 15th, our vampire governor signed the state budget. Unlike when the budget agreement was announced less than a month ago, the Governor tried to show a little respect for her handful of remaining human constituents by at least keeping her triumphant celebratory grin cloaked beneath the high-collared cape she always wears to ceremonial... Read more...
How do you pat yourself on the back if you don't have a spine?

How do you pat yourself on the back if you don’t have a spine?

Little more than week after a zombie march where we descended on our headquarters — the State Capitol — where we found few brains and fewer hearts, budget writers from both parties this morning announced a bipartisan agreement to effectively replace the State Budget with the script of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (This is known... Read more...
Seattle Times Live Chat with Zarelli & Murray fails to cut to the core

Seattle Times Live Chat with Zarelli & Murray fails to cut to the core

The Seattle Times hosted a live chat on the state budget with leader of the pack Joe Zarelli and his sidekick, Ed Murray. (In all fairness, Senator Murray was clearly the key author of the excuses accompanying the budget.) Read more...
Senate floor to become cutting room floor?

Senate floor to become cutting room floor?

Led by the unlikely mutual appreciation society of Senators Murray and Zarelli, the Senate's budget proposal cuts loose with a slash and burn budget that cuts no slack for the poor, and cuts the cord on children’s health, but fails to cut the mustard. Read more...
Werewolves and Narcissists oh my

Werewolves and Narcissists oh my

How Joe Zarelli found leverage over Ed Murray: one compliment at a time... Read more...
What the crystal ball shows: Updated legislative forecast

What the crystal ball shows: Updated legislative forecast

The updated revenue forecast is due in March, and likely to lay further waste to the graveyard construction stimulus plan previously known as the biennial budget. In advance of this forecast Undead Olympia has contacted our friends in the soothsaying community to see what future they see for this year's Legislature. Top of the list... Read more...

Quick Ed Murray Update

Today's Morning Fizz from Publicola adds a couple pieces of evidence to the Ed Murray = Undead Narcissus meme. Read more...
Senator Ed Murray: Undead Narcissist

Senator Ed Murray: Undead Narcissist

Senator Murray (Narcissist - 43rd) is the key budget-writer in the Senate. More importantly, he's a man driven by two obsessions. First, he's obsessed with Frank Chopp. Second, he's obsessed with himself. Read more...