By Ralph Schwartz
I just got off the phone with Luanne Van Werven, outgoing chairwoman of the Whatcom Republicans (and by “outgoing” I mean soon to leave office).
During a conversation on a couple topics, including the new county party leadership (to appear in a future blog post and The Bellingham Herald), I asked her about the new majority caucus in the state Senate, which includes all 23 Republicans and two conservative Democrats. They have taken over the Senate, outnumbering the remaining Dems 25-24.
Here’s what Van Werven had to say about the changes in the Senate:
I think it’s great news, and I think there’s definitely going to be a philosophical alignment to the right. I am concerned, though, because we still have a very liberal House of Representatives, and of course the governor is a Democrat. I don’t know, is it going to look a lot like what we see in Washington, D.C.?
(She said here she was happy to learn that Sen. Doug Ericksen (R-Ferndale) was named co-chair of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee.)
I think those are all very positive moves. I’m hoping that down there in Olympia, our state legislature is ready to get some things done.