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Thousands Rally Under Capitol Dome In Olympia(Washington State)
KIROTV ^ | February 21, 2011 | KIROTV

Posted on 02/21/2011 6:07:40 PM PST by mdittmar

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Union members, students, parents and even former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich rallied in Olympia on Monday, taking advantage of the holiday to lobby against budget cuts and to show solidarity with Wisconsin's embattled union for state employees.

The Washington State Patrol estimated that 2,000 people rallied under the Capitol Dome, said KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Senior Political reporter Essex Porter.

Washington state employees chanted, sang songs and waved signs in the Capitol Rotunda in a rally supporting unions and state employees in Wisconsin. Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich addressed the group wearing a union T-shirt from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Several other groups took advantage of the Presidents Day holiday to demonstrate -- college students urging funding for higher education and the Washington State PTA asking legislators to protect students from budget cuts.

Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker targeted public employees in a massive budget cut proposal, calling for cuts to their benefits and limiting their ability to collectively bargain on wage issues. Walker has said his proposal is about cutting state and local spending for years to come, but acknowledges that if approved, it could cripple unions.

Kucinich said he hoped the rally in Olympia would ripple across the country to show solidarity to union workers in Wisconsin.

"You cannot have a democracy if you don't have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits," Kucinich said, lauding Washington as being a "bastion for workers' rights," where people have the capacity to push back.

Washington is one of the most unionized states in the country, according to a January U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, reminded the crowd that collective bargaining ended child labor and created the 40-hour work week.

"Collective bargaining is not the problem," she said.

Most state employees have Monday off and Tuesday is an unpaid furlough day.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: denniskucinich; kucinich; washington
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That darn Washington State Republican Governor Chris Gregoire is trying to kill unions and cut education for the children andkick 17,500 people off the state's Basic Health Plan!

oh,wait, Governor Chris Gregoire is a Democrat,my bad;)

1 posted on 02/21/2011 6:07:42 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

You may want to read your own post a little more carefully.


2 posted on 02/21/2011 6:11:11 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: mdittmar

Could the demos be any more like Greece??


3 posted on 02/21/2011 6:12:39 PM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: gorush

why?


4 posted on 02/21/2011 6:15:39 PM PST by mdittmar (i)
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To: mdittmar

Take lotsa pics.

These are the people we must get (and do bad things to) after the great collapse.


5 posted on 02/21/2011 6:18:48 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: mdittmar

Communist union greed is not pretty. They are scared. Very scared. Americans need to keep the pressure on the commie union thugs. The handwriting is on the wall. Americans are going to end the union greed and bullying.


6 posted on 02/21/2011 6:19:42 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Shut down union greed before the unions collapse America.)
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To: mdittmar

Selfish leftist Union hacks + reduced government revenues equals brat children on steroids.


7 posted on 02/21/2011 6:21:10 PM PST by tflabo
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To: mdittmar

Government unions = ANTI-democracy


8 posted on 02/21/2011 6:22:12 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: mdittmar

It seems as though Gregoire isn’t involved except for nebulous budget cuts which the article doesn’t specifically identify as Wash. State budget cuts...it was a show of “solidarity” with Wisconsin leftists, or so it seems.


9 posted on 02/21/2011 6:24:11 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: mdittmar
Governor Chris Gregoire

Nice dimples....
10 posted on 02/21/2011 6:24:38 PM PST by Repeal The 17th
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To: mdittmar

Rep. Dennis Kucinich needs to head back to Ohio and pay his fines! What a shock! A dem has done something untowards!


11 posted on 02/21/2011 6:27:11 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Repeal The 17th

Queen Christine looks like the Grinch, if you ask me. I really fear for my teeth sometimes living in this state...the grinding I do...aarrgghh!


12 posted on 02/21/2011 6:27:42 PM PST by Mama Shawna
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To: mdittmar

Chaos and turmoil in the Middle East and the Middle West at the same time? Coincidence? Or Soros?


13 posted on 02/21/2011 6:28:28 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (We need more Democrats in the Senate --Like Custer needed more arrows.)
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To: BenLurkin
Government unions = ANTI-democracy

By their very nature:

Unions = Communism

14 posted on 02/21/2011 6:28:49 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: gorush
It seems as though Gregoire isn’t involved

That's odd,she's doing the same thing the Governor in Wisconsin is doing.

15 posted on 02/21/2011 6:30:07 PM PST by mdittmar (i)
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To: ColdOne; Fred; Chattering Class of 58; SeattleBruce; tarator; 21twelve; Feasor13; matt1234; ...
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Say WA? Evergreen State ping

Quick link: WA State Board

FReepmail sionnsar if you want on or off this ping list.
Ping sionnsar if you see a Washington state related thread.

16 posted on 02/21/2011 6:31:56 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|http://pure-gas.org)
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To: mdittmar

“You cannot have a democracy if you don’t have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits,” Kucinich said, lauding Washington as being a “bastion for workers’ rights,” where people have the capacity to push back.

I guess Kucinich desn’t know what a democracy is.


17 posted on 02/21/2011 6:39:34 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: mdittmar

After years of watching the private sector get obliterated I have no sympathy for these gravy-train riding dreamers and their concerns.


18 posted on 02/21/2011 6:39:59 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: mdittmar

As a Washingtonion residing on a well guarded mountain top, located approximately 3 hours west of Seattle, I bow my head in shame and offer my heartfelt apologies to my once great and free nation.....

“We Suck”, should be our state slogan.


19 posted on 02/21/2011 6:40:23 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: mdittmar

Sorry, I didn’t get that from this article...good to know, though, and surprising.


20 posted on 02/21/2011 6:42:12 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: mdittmar

Students? Students know nothing about life or how things really work. Wait until they have a mortgage and 2.5 kids and then maybe they might understand or at least then they might have proved themselves enough to have a voice.


21 posted on 02/21/2011 6:49:20 PM PST by bgill (Kenyan Parliament - how could a man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: sionnsar

Thanks for the ping - I was going to go, but could not put it together... Comcast was out, and I had to wait all day for the cable guy.

The dems are scared!


22 posted on 02/21/2011 6:50:49 PM PST by Chattering Class of 58
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To: Gator113

I understand your sentiment, but with me it’s disgust, not shame. I remember when life was good here and when the Seattlunatics were only a little insane.

Now I live here just to spite my lefty neighbors ;-)


23 posted on 02/21/2011 6:51:40 PM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: Repeal The 17th
Talk about airbrushed & fixed up.


24 posted on 02/21/2011 6:54:28 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: mdittmar

You cannot have a democracy if you don’t have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits,” Kucinich said
We are a REPUBLIC a##hat Kusinich


25 posted on 02/21/2011 6:59:38 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Brilliant

Dennis should remember Ohio will loose two seats due the census redistricting.


26 posted on 02/21/2011 6:59:38 PM PST by griswold3
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To: mdittmar

There’s no real democracy in this country, in the sense that the people set the policy. There’s rule by Democratic liberals and leftists, which is not the same thing.


27 posted on 02/21/2011 7:01:11 PM PST by popdonnelly (If Obama isn't socialist, then neither was Karl Marx)
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To: mdittmar
"You cannot have a democracy if you don't have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits,"

Well, the talking points are out. democracy/negotiate is all I've been hearing all day on the news channels.

AGAIN, like the stolen election(s) the lib dems are trying to circumvent the democratic process because they didnt get their ways.

I hope ALL these unions get broken. We can't afford them and the only useful purpose they serve is to blackmail and parasitize the host company they work for, for an ever increasing spiral of salary and benefits.

KILL THE UNIONS!

28 posted on 02/21/2011 7:01:11 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Insane, Corrupt Democrats or Stupid, Spinless Republicans - Pick America's poison.)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica

Hey...Unionistas! The handwriting is on the wall. You are going down, you commie losers. The public trough gets no more slop for you pigs. Squeal all you want. There is no more slop.


29 posted on 02/21/2011 7:20:11 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Repeal The 17th
That pic is at least 30 years old.

These days, she resembles the Geiko moles that live under the rocks (the moles are actually Gov'ner Gargoyle's very own Flying Monkeys, Adam and Lisa Smith, twins wed at birth, rabies shots at 6 months) next to (under?) the I-5 corrider.

30 posted on 02/21/2011 7:20:39 PM PST by 4woodenboats (If an illegal alien is allowed to become POTUS, why would he think he has to obey a judge?)
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To: mdittmar
Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, reminded the crowd that collective bargaining ended child labor and created the 40-hour work week.

...and the Civil War ended slavery, but that doesn't mean we should still be fighting it. Labor unions have served their purpose, but they are as obsolete today as would be Federal troops surrounding Vicksburg every summer.

31 posted on 02/21/2011 7:20:43 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (If every person were like Sarah Palin, this world would be a peaceful, beautiful world to live in.)
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To: mdittmar

The “Looters” are out of control. When are we going to “shrug?”


32 posted on 02/21/2011 7:25:06 PM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: mdittmar
THOUSANDS? The Lame-Streams would have put the same exact number of Tea Partiers as “Dozens.”

Oldplayer

33 posted on 02/21/2011 7:26:51 PM PST by oldplayer
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To: rockrr

;>)


34 posted on 02/21/2011 7:34:18 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: mdittmar

What is Ohioan Dennis Kucinich doing meddling in other State’s affairs?

Shouldn’t he be protesting the cuts in Ohio?


35 posted on 02/21/2011 7:36:02 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Repeal The 17th

Hmmm... no American flag, no state flag, therefore: must be a RAT.


36 posted on 02/21/2011 7:42:48 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: anniegetyourgun
Talk about airbrushed & fixed up.

Obviously uses the same DeWalt airbrush as First Ladies (used loosely) Hillary and Michelle.

37 posted on 02/21/2011 7:48:46 PM PST by The Citizen Soldier (Obama: All turban, no camels.)
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To: mdittmar

Kucinich had to go all the way to WA to get noticed?
....


38 posted on 02/21/2011 7:59:35 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: mdittmar

Kucinich had to go all the way to WA to get noticed?
....


39 posted on 02/21/2011 8:03:10 PM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: mdittmar
Eat up, Dennis. I swear they're all pitted.


40 posted on 02/21/2011 8:19:19 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Unions corrupt. Government-sector unions corrupt absolutely.)
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To: Gator113

3hours west of Seattle. That’s ocean water?


41 posted on 02/21/2011 8:25:19 PM PST by OregonTide
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To: mdittmar

“former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich rallied in Olympia “

I’m amazed the munchkin made it. I thought he was crippled for life or something from biting into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap from the House cafeteria. Maybe they rolled him to the demonstration in a wheel chair or he was on crutches with a neck brace or something, you know, to help out with the big lawsuit he has against the U.S. government for wounding him so badly with a sandwich.


42 posted on 02/21/2011 8:27:49 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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To: mdittmar
Communists, socialists, Marxists VS Americans and the Republic =

These people are "The ENEMY within!"

They are showing us what they really are and what they want = ANIMAL FARM where they are more "equal" than all of us other/lesser "animals".

If Americans do not take a stand against them, the Republic will fall and America as it has existed from it's founding will be no more, replaced instead by a Socialist, Communist, Marxist, Islamic "state".

43 posted on 02/21/2011 8:32:17 PM PST by Jmouse007 (Lord deliver us from evil and from those perpetuating it, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: OregonTide

Port Angeles, on the North Olympic Peninsula.... but you’re close. ;>)


44 posted on 02/21/2011 8:52:54 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: mdittmar; All
Washington state is no stranger to union activities and corruption.

Think Dave Beck who started out in Seattle and went on to head the teamsters, did prison time and eventually replaced by Hoffa.

45 posted on 02/21/2011 8:58:02 PM PST by Citizen X_Area 51 (Jimmy Carter: Now available in black)
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To: mdittmar

Yea she is a Democrat but shot down her tax increases in Nov which really upset her. She went into vapor lock!


46 posted on 02/21/2011 9:12:25 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Coincidence? Or Soros?

Soros! Definitely Soros.

47 posted on 02/21/2011 10:24:20 PM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Pride in the USA

Eff ‘em! And Dennis Kookcinich needs to go home to Ohio and suck an olive.


48 posted on 02/21/2011 10:32:44 PM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: fwdude
The “Looters” are out of control. When are we going to “shrug?”

Bizarre isn't it?

The government at all levels has become so huge, so bloated, so controlling, that hundreds of thousands are going to demand more and higher taxes to pay for their lottery style government salaries and government retirement pensions...

I think it's becoming increasingly clear the American people work for those in government.

49 posted on 02/21/2011 10:41:58 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Gator113; OregonTide

Heh, I was thinking the same thing! Port Angeles does make sense, though. Bainbridge Island seems like the coast to me when I’m in Seattle!


50 posted on 02/21/2011 10:57:03 PM PST by Carling (Obama: Inexperienced and incompetent, yet ego maniacal. God help us all.)
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