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Chris Gregoire cuts through red tape like few before her

We are lucky to have her as our Governor. She should adopt a recent song from the group Cake as her theme.
These lyrics where the lead singer talks about his dream girls qualities give part of the picture. "she is touring the facility and taking up slack and she uses a machete to cut through red tape."
The song is funny but it is a serious fact that our state has not had a seasoned and committed negotiator as its governor for decades. Some may have doubted her central role in negotiating the national tobacco settlement as our states Attorney General, but alter seeing her in action this year, even republican leaders are piling on the praise.

Just look at the recent agreement on water policy in our state. Now this is not a sexy issue and many may not have been following along since the early 90's. That's right, the early 90's. Water policy in our state has been the subject of commission after commission for nearly 25 years with no one able to forge an agreement between agriculture, fisheries, environmental, tribal and of course R v/s D interests. Oh bills have been written and some have had hearings. Some have even passed out of committee in one chamber or another, but an agreement was never reached until now.
And why should this year be any different?  
Politics are if anything more partisan divided than ever in our state. Well, the difference is Chris Gregoire who not only brokered the deal after many long meetings she had arranged but then saved the water bill from almost certain fate, after the two houses developed changes to the agreed package. Just ask Sen. Bob Morton R 7th district when he credits with getting this huge issue solved.
Another great example of Gregoire's ability to bring warring factions together on the important issues facing the people of our state is the recent compromise she has negotiated in the area of medical-malpractice. The bill HB2292 looks as though it will sail through both houses after years of rancorous debate and repeated failures at reaching even incremental compromise, this bill takes a giant step in the right direction.
Is it fair to credit Gov. Chris with this landmark compromise? Well, just look what Sen. Dale Brandland R from Bellingham and the GOP's lead on this issue had to say. (from the Olympian Tuesday 2/21/06) "I think what happened was that the Governor basically took those interests and brought them into the room and got the politics out of this. That is how this thing came about." Turning to Gregoire Dale said "I've got to tell you, I think if you hadn't done this, we'd probably be at loggerheads today. It was political plain and simple." Also in recognition of the governor's achievement in bringing warring factions together from insurance, doctors, trial lawyers and advocacy groups, R Senator Alex Deccio said "I think the fact you got everybody together makes you eligible for a medal of valor"

Now there is still work to do in this area but with the leadership our Governor has demonstrated on this and many other tough issues I look forward to many future successes on the yet to be resolved issues facing our state. The fair share issue is but one example.

So if this Governor does not see a bump in the polls of at least 10% after her leadership on these issues, civil rights, fiscal responsibility and so many others, people are just not paying attention.
 

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I was thinking about posting a diary on the governor's extraordinary accomplishment in crafting a compromise on the malpractice front -- would that the tens of millions of dollars wasted on those asinine initiatives had instead been spent on healthcare for those who so desperately need it -- but you beat me to it.

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by N in Seattle on Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 10:19:14 AM PST

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When did we last have a governor this effective?

by PCO3318 on Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 12:41:52 PM PST

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this is so good to hear about.  

by noemie maxwell on Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 01:28:59 PM PST

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I hope she hires / fires communication / media people to get this good work, these good deeds, these work for the people, out to the people -

as Rove et al have proven in the other Washington, all you need is cool commercials and you can sell people cigarettes ... oh wait, that is Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds - well, no difference.

ONE of the huge reasons I spend as much time I spend trashing Dems, is that I believe:

government can work and can be effective,

effective messages can be made outta the truth if they can be made outta lies,

Dems NEED to be making effective government and effective messages !

maybe we'll have a re-elction to work FOR in '08, instead of just working against McCraswell / McSlade/ McCrook

rmm.

http://www.liemail.com/BambooGrassroots.html

by rmdSeaBos on Tue Feb 21, 2006 at 02:12:57 PM PST

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Gregoire's achievements to date have been pretty admirable.  I need to read more of the fine print before I can really judge the compromise, but at least in a political sense this is a real winner.  From the little I've seen it doesn't have any of the really vile parts of I-330; waiving jury trials and settlements paid out over time that aren't transferable.  Has anybody seen any analysis regarding whether this will actually do anything to reduce premiums for Doctors?  We all know that the frivolous lawsuit meme is basically bullshit.  

I'd also like to thank the Governor for (belatedly) supporting the Fair Share Health Care bill.

PortDork

by PortDork on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 06:00:03 PM PST

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