Not often, but sometimes, newspapers allow their political reporters some free reign and here's one of the best on the current legislative session from reporter Melissa Santos of the News Tribune in Tacoma. Pretty funny. (And I'm going to miss Kyle Stokes of KPLU who has the funniest tweets ever. That traitor is moving to Southern California.)
Also from the Tribune comes the story that their superintendent, former CAO for SPS, Carla Santorno, has been nominated for a top award, Women in School Leadership, from the American Association of School Administrators.
Speaking of the legislature, did you hear about the GOP legislator, Rep Mary Dye, who had some visiting teens advocating for Planned Parenthood in her office and asked them about their virginity.
She intimated that one student was not a virgin. From the Times:
“After she made the statement about virginity, all of my teens looked
at me,” Rachel Todd, a Planned Parenthood education specialist, told
the newspaper. “And I said, ‘You don’t have to answer that. You don’t
have to answer that.'"
“I’ve never been in any type of meeting, especially with teens,” Todd
added. “Where an adult, especially an adult legislator, was so
incredibly disrespectful and inappropriate.”
Dye's response to criticism:
"In hindsight, a few of the thoughts I shared, while well-intended, may
have come across as more motherly than what they would expect from their
state representative," she added. "If anything I said offended them or
made them feel uncomfortable, I apologize.”
I'll have a separate thread on legislative action as there are a number of education bills coming out and now, per McCleary, some Republicans are balking at a timetable.
I keep saying this- because I believe it will happen - that at the end of this session, barring some kind of turnaround in some legislative quarters - the Supreme Court is going to say, "Hammer time." They have been very patient and taken a lot of slings and arrows from all directions.
I believe they will use the full force of their branch of government to compel the legislature to act on McCleary. And, some in the legislature will be glad for it because 1) it put the heat on the Court and 2) it allows them to actually get McCleary done because "the Court forced us." Some in the legislature think that they can then strike back at the Supreme Court (defund them, reduce their numbers) but it's hard to fault the Court for taking the higher ground on acting to defend the constitution.
What's on your mind?