Extra Extra Fizz: The Kings and the Republicans
Sacramento news crews descend on the mayor's office; Republicans thank dissident Tom.
1. A TV news crew from KCRA-3, a Hearst-affiliated station in Sacramento, is camped out at mayor Mike McGinn's office right now, awaiting news on the Sacramento Kings' potential move to Seattle.
McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus says the office has been inundated with calls from Sacramento news outlets about the Kings' reportedly pending move here.
"It's hard for me to keep up with all the calls from the 916 area code."—McGinn spokesman Aaron Pickus
"The level of excitement [in Sacramento] is pretty much equal to what it is locally," Pickus says. "It's hard for me to keep up with all the calls from the 916 area code."
A reporter from the Sacramento Bee is also in town, Pickus says.
2. While the Democrats are busy condemning state senator Rodney Tom (D-48, Bellevue), Kirby Wilbur, head of the state Republican Party, sent a letter to fellow party members encouraging them to call Tom and thank him for joining the so-called "Majority Coalition" with Republicans, giving the Republicans an effective senate majority.
Tom, along with Tim Sheldon (D-35, Potlatch), broke ranks with his party to join the Republicans, handing key committee chairmanships to Republicans and making Tom himself senate majority leader.
With Republicans at the helm of the Ways & Means and K-12 committees, a no-new-taxes budget and real education reform are now at the forefront of this year's legislative session. For that we owe a debt of gratitude to Senator Tom and Sheldon's bold leadership!
Please call Senator Tom today and thank him for joining with the coalition!