1. Isn't it Weird That ... in the PI.com's obituary for poltical consultant Blair Butterworth last Friday, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott is quoted saying almost exactly the same thing he said about former Gov. Booth Gardner in the PI.com's Gardner obituary earlier this month?
“It has been said that a man dies twice, when he physically passes and when people stop talking about him: Blair Butterworth will never die,” said U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., whose campaigns Butterworth managed and masterminded.
An old foe, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., recalled working with Gardner on the Basic Health Plan, but ended with a reflection on the character and personality of the man who beat him in the hotly contested 1984 Democratic primary.
“They say a person dies two deaths, the death of the body and a second when stories about him stop being told,” McDermott reflected. “It will be a very long time before we run out of stories about Governor Booth.”
2. Isn't it weird that ... the Reproductive Parity Act, which has 25 co-sponsors (a majority), including senate majority leader Sen. Rodney Tom (D-48, Medina), isn't going to make it out of the senate health care committee, according to its frustrated house sponsor, Rep. Eileen Cody (D-34, West Seattle)?
The house passed the RPA, which would require health insurers that cover maternity care to also cover abortions, 53-43 in February.
The senate health care committee held a hearing on the bill this morning. Carryn will have a report later today.
Rep. Cody told Carryn: "I certainly hope there's going to be a chance the senate Majority [Coalition] Caucus will bring it up for a vote. The Dems are committed, but there will have to be some sort of maneuvering. Twenty-five senators have signed on, [and there's] strong support from [Sens. Steve Hobbs, D-44, Lake Stevens], [Karen] Keiser [D-33, Des Moines], and [Ed] Murray [D-43, Seattle], but it'll sit there until they have a motion to relieve it from committee."
The 25 supporters, led by senate sponsor Hobbs, have signed a letter demanding that the bill be brought up for a vote.