Opinion

How'd Those 2011 New Year's Resolutions Turn Out?

By Josh Feit December 29, 2011

This time last year, we asked a bunch of 2010 newsmakers—including everyone from Clint Didier to Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt to AG Rob McKenna—to write a 2011 New Year's Resolution. "In 2011, I will..."

Time to check in.

US Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA, 5) told us she would fight for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget. We were pretty disappointed with McMorris Rodgers' submission—it read like a GOP talking point, not something from her personal political To Do list, which is what we asked for, plus we knew it wouldn't happen. It didn't.

Our suggestion for McMorris Rodgers, fourth in GOP leadership, for 2012: Quick. Before it's too late. No more eating at Boehner's lunch table.

Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna told us he would pass his gang bill. He definitely made a go of it, but the ACLU out-hustled the AG, arguing that the bill had civil rights problems.

Our suggestion for McKenna in 2012: Make sure to do your math homework.[pullquote]Our suggestion for Rep. Larsen in 2012: Make sure your new aides twitter thank yous to the Redistricting Commission.[/pullquote]

US Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA, 2) told us he would fight the Tea Party politics of the then-newly elected congress. (He had just survived a serious challenge from right wing candidate John Koster.) Not so much. The conservative house pretty much framed the debate this past year making the national debt—as opposed to job creation—the holy grail.

Our suggestion for Rep. Larsen in 2012: Make sure your new aides twitter thank yous to the Redistricting Commission for your newly-created seat-for-life.

State Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34, W. Seattle, Burien) told us—in probably the longest New Year's resolution, ie white paper, ever—that he would fight for transit funding. Score. At least in King County. Fitzgibbon, along with clicking off a batch of other successes,  was part of the pro-transit crew that led the charge to give King County the authority to pass a $20 car tab fee.

Our suggestion for Fitzgibbon in 2012: Join the 2012 mayoral sweepstakes; why not, everyone else is?

DADT hero, Air Force Major Margaret Witt told us she was would be reinstated.

Major win.

Our suggestion for Witt in 2012. Be a champion locally for the marriage equality bill.

Republican King County Council Member Reagan Dunn told us  he would find a sustainable funding source for the King County criminal justice system. Not a lot happened on that front.

Our suggestion for Dunn (for his first vote) in 2012 is to stop the GOP stalling and vote to approve King County's legislative agenda in Olympia which supports gay marriage legislation.

Seattle City Council Member Sally Bagshaw told us she'd be proactive instead of reactive.

Our suggestion for 2012—any type of active will do from the low-profile council member.

2010 Tea Party candidate Clint Dider told us, well, a lot of stuff.

Our suggestion for 2012 for Didier—move from Eastern Washington to Arlington so you can get in on the fun in the newly configured (and once Democratic Puget Sound) 1st Congressional District.

Inconsolable lefty, the then-recently-resigned-in-anger state house Rep. Brendan Williams told us he would fight to reclaim the "morality" banner for liberals from conservatives. (After 2011, it doesn't look like either party has it.)

Our suggestion for Williams in 2012: Put up or shut up already. The newly-created 10th District would be a great place for you to translate all the talk into action.
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