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liberalpragmatist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:22 PM
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Gov. Gregoire (D-WA) FURIOUS at Repub AG for Joining the Anti-HCR Suit
Wow, this is pretty epic. I don't recall that many episodes of an elected official upbraiding a fellow state official so publicly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5Ng5lYw3kE&feature=play...
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:28 PM
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1. Thanks..I'll check it out in a minute.
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Joe the Revelator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:38 PM
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2. She's awesome
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:06 AM
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11. She is awesome!
Tells it like it is, seems very on top of things, and well informed. :thumbsup:
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:44 PM
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3. This is a must-watch! Love it!
K&R
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rufus dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:44 PM
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4. Wow - Can she be sent down to Sacramento for awhile?
We will return her early next year.
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aaaaaa5a Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:45 PM
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5. I wish she were my governor! NT
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-23-10 11:59 PM
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6. The Governor makes excellent
points! Who does mckenna represent?
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oxymoron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:11 AM
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7. That's my Gov!
I'm sure glad she's on our side.
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KILL THE WISE ONE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:24 AM
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9. can she fire him ? or cut off funding
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quiller4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:03 PM
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16. No. He is an elected official. The legislature could restrict funding but that
could really backfire. McKenna was the Republicans best hope to run for governor in 2012. Now he has really handicapped himself by alienating all the independents who supported him for AG. His grandstanding helps Democrats in the state. The Seattle Times, PI and The News Tribune have all run "What Was He Thinking?" stories in the last two days.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:20 AM
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8. Thanks -- for one of the first times I'm really proud of my Gov -- she pisses me off a lot. nt
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 12:25 AM
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10. Very interesting separation of powers issues
Is the governor really the AG's client?

Who does he represent, and how much independent discretion does he have?
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:16 PM
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17. per the Washington State Constitution
The AG is "the legal adviser of the state officers, and shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by law."

By statute, the legislature has assigned various duties to the AG, including

General powers and duties.

The attorney general shall:

(1) Appear for and represent the state before the supreme court or the court of appeals in all cases in which the state is interested;

(2) Institute and prosecute all actions and proceedings for, or for the use of the state, which may be necessary in the execution of the duties of any state officer;

....
(5) Consult with and advise the governor, members of the legislature, and other state officers, and when requested, give written opinions upon all constitutional or legal questions relating to the duties of such officers;

....
(7) Give written opinions, when requested by either branch of the legislature, or any committee thereof, upon constitutional or legal questions;

The wording of these assignments of duties is murky enough to leave the question you raise about the duties and role of the AG somewhat unclear. Arguably, none of the enumerated duties covers his bringing the suit.

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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:48 AM
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12. I like her.
Nice fire.
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 05:16 AM
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13. I think the best part of this is that McKenna has just shot down his gubernatorial bid n/t
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Orsino Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 07:18 AM
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14. Furious at him for acting Republican?
Well, okay.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 01:32 PM
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15. She's relating how this Bill will help people in her State..
excellent points.

Also this republicon AG of Kentucky is not going to pull the political stunt..

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-24-10 02:17 PM
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18. A Republican, Sam Reed oversaw the recount and turned away
Republican demands to throw out ballots and certified her election by a few hundred votes.
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