WA Senate power struggle is similar to 1963 coup

Published On: Dec 24 2012 10:33:27 AM PST
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

This year's state Senate power struggle is similar to a coup in the Washington Statehouse in 1963, but in a less dramatic way.

The Olympian reports the power struggle between a shrinking Democratic majority against a new alliance of Republicans and Democrats was not a surprise like a similar fight 50 years ago that left the Senate in chaos for days after the Legislature convened.

In contrast to 1963, lawmakers don't appear to be preparing for all-out war this time.

Former Gov. Dan Evans, who was one of the ringleaders in 1963, said recently the new Senate alliance between some dissident Democrats and 23 Republicans has the potential to remake the political landscape in Olympia in a bipartisan way.