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

Hey Dennis, ripple these:


51 posted on 02/22/2011 12:39:22 AM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Repeal The 17th

Nice voter fraud and election stealing. Gregoire may be in WA state but she bears all the earmarks of a true-blue Chicago girl.


52 posted on 02/22/2011 12:43:16 AM PST by ratsreek
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To: mdittmar

Oh Rep. Dennis Kucinich, this nation is a CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC, not a DEMOCRACY!


53 posted on 02/22/2011 3:07:32 AM PST by Biggirl ("The Best Of Times, The Worse Of Times", Charles Dickens)
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To: mdittmar

Stinking communionist bastards every last one of them.

Let them tear each other to pieces.


54 posted on 02/22/2011 4:50:08 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

What part of broke do these people not understand.


55 posted on 02/22/2011 4:53:28 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (Who needs Al Queda to worry about when we have Obama?)
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To: mdittmar

WA state is $5.7 billion in debt, but the typical state worker in WA can’t get their head around that. These people really are delusional and there are plenty more of them in a state that pumps out libs faster than jobs.


56 posted on 02/22/2011 4:58:32 AM PST by epithermal
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To: Gator113

...a well guarded mountain top, located approximately 3 hours west of Seattle...

The Olympic National Forest is now open to homesteading? Have you clear cut yet?


57 posted on 02/22/2011 5:08:29 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: rockrr

Seattlunatics = Farsiders


58 posted on 02/22/2011 5:09:49 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Carling

Bainbridge Island = Farsider lefty bedroom community.


59 posted on 02/22/2011 5:13:02 AM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: mdittmar

i love the arguments that they are losing their right to negotiate...

what about a right to negotiate with others to do the job for less...

that is the argument. eliminate the necessity to belong to a union to work in the gov’t and there will be many who will get good pay and benefits for less.

teeman


60 posted on 02/22/2011 5:24:16 AM PST by teeman8r (armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Gator113

“We Suck”, should be our state slogan.

is that why all the trees oregon lean to the north...

teeman


61 posted on 02/22/2011 5:26:26 AM PST by teeman8r (armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Da Coyote
These are the people we must get (and do bad things to) after the great collapse.

No need to. They will starve, freeze, or end up on some homie's barbeque grill.

62 posted on 02/22/2011 5:27:58 AM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: mdittmar
Kucinich said he hoped the rally in Olympia would ripple across the country to show solidarity to union workers leeches in Wisconsin.
63 posted on 02/22/2011 5:28:24 AM PST by ppaul
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To: teeman8r
They don't contribute to my pension so why should I be forced to contribute to theirs?

The only 'government employees' should be politicians and contractors.

The idea of a permanent bureaucratic class which is able to arbitrate its salary and benefits is ridiculous.

64 posted on 02/22/2011 6:02:38 AM PST by Justa
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To: Repeal The 17th

How the Pros Steal an Election

"In 2004, the race for the governorship of Washington state was very close with Republican Dino Rossi winning over Democrat Christine Gregoire by a mere 261 votes. Under Washington law a vote that close requires a machine re-count. The results of the hand recount was that Rossi won again, this time by 42 votes. Rather than concede, the Democrats ponied up $800,000 for a hand re-count. After that recount it showed Gregoire ahead by 129 votes. Okay, shut it down, it’s over, we have a winner. Due to the closeness of the race Rossi asked Gregoire to a runoff election. Gregoire refused. As she put it, “The bottom line is the election is over. Today we have a governor-elect. It’s time to move forward, and I am prepared to take on the people’s work.” In King’s county, the final tally had 3,539 more votes counted than voters who participated in the election."

65 posted on 02/22/2011 6:16:59 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: lonevoice

Ignorant people. Our state is broke and in debt, period. We teachers in Washington State here have not had a COLA in two years, and I am not complaining about it. I get it. You don’t go into teaching to make the big bucks. Anyone living on the west side of Washington on a teacher’s salary knows that you are going to have a tough time making ends meet. So go into another profession. We have the BEST medical insurance available. We have dental coverage. Our benefits are paid for, for the most part, so why complain when your neighbor just lost his job? Unemployment is now at 10%, so I say that we are lucky to have a job. Stop complaining; you are contributing to the bad reputation that we already have around the country.


66 posted on 02/22/2011 6:54:20 AM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Justa

amen


67 posted on 02/22/2011 8:41:16 AM PST by teeman8r (armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: Pride in the USA

My ex works at the Seattle Zoo. I was astounded when I learned about the gold plated bennies they get. 100% medical
drugs dental and vision.

I wish I could buy and pay for a plan, let alone get it for free! Obama! Save meeeee!


68 posted on 02/22/2011 9:58:30 AM PST by rahbert
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To: Repeal The 17th

Wow, what did they do to get that picture. Too bad she doesn’t look at all like that. She actually looks pleasant in that picture instead of the little weasel that she resembles in person.


69 posted on 02/22/2011 10:04:38 AM PST by Eva
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To: Brilliant

I’m guessing he knows exactly what a democracy is...mob rule!


70 posted on 02/22/2011 11:34:43 AM PST by Yorktownpatriot
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To: Pride in the USA

You’re one of the good ones...thank you for what you do.

You know, I’ve started wondering if at least some of what we’re seeing in WI and elsewhere is partly a generational thing too. My experience as a long-time private sector employer was that with each successive generation, the employees became more entitled and ungrateful. I was around long enough to have experienced 3 separate generations of employees. The difference between the oldest and the youngest was shocking. I suspect when you combine that with a long history of entitlement and empowerment as fostered by public sector unions, it’s created a monster that’s going to be hard to reform.


71 posted on 02/22/2011 11:48:20 AM PST by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: dragnet2

Pension gap divides public and private workers (2007 article but timely)
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-02-20-pensions-cover_x.htm
You can bet the politicians will be looking for ways to steal the 401k savings of the non-government retirees to fund the bloated benefits of the government retirees. The former group has nobody to defend them. The latter has politicians and unions feeding at the trough.

** Public sector ‘retirees’ draw a pension — and a paycheck **
http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/08/todays-debate-double-dipping-public-sector-retirees-draw-a-pension-and-a-paycheck.html

This is outrageous.


72 posted on 02/22/2011 11:50:44 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: mdittmar

I think the dems thought that Prosser lost the election and they were going to use that as an excuse to protest in WA. They probably thought they had momentum. I wonder what they feel like now that Prosser has won the election?


73 posted on 04/07/2011 11:12:47 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Repeal The 17th

“Nice dimples....”

Where?


74 posted on 04/07/2011 11:19:00 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Repeal The 17th

“Nice dimples....”

Where?


75 posted on 04/07/2011 11:19:45 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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