A freshman Washington senator vs. the speaker, in their own words

A radio report from Olympia has been posted.
A radio report from Olympia has been posted.

Yesterday, Austin Jenkins, public radio's man at the Washington capitol and Crosscut's Olympia Journal blogger, reported on interviewing House Speaker Frank Chopp in light of criticism by Sen. Brian Weinstein, D-Mercer Island, who likened Chopp to a dictator. Austin said he was working on a report for radio, and here it is – a great account of the sniping and the real issue behind it. Read this intro, then go here. A freshman state senator is taking on the Speaker of the House. Democrat Brian Weinstein says Speaker Frank Chopp is acting like a dictator. Weinstein is angry because Chopp killed his proposal to protect homeowners from shoddy builders. KPLU's Austin Jenkins reports on this dust-up within the Democratic majority.


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