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eparng legislators push their way outthrough the heavy doors and walk down themarble steps. Passing a State Patrol ocer or two,they nd their cars and begin the drive
back to their districts and homes.The trip, at least for some legisla-
tors, is transformaonal.
Within Olympia’s marble pillars,they are in charge. Some of themwield their power more like poten-
tates than public servants. They roll
ot the red carpet for the brea-cracy and most lobbyists while get-
ng to cizen concerns last. Some
legislators sternly lectre or patron-
ize cizens who queson their pro
Commiee Chairmen change agen
-das for pblic hearings at the last
minute and put crical votes in the fast lane, withno me for the public or issue experts to studybills or tesfy. Commiees consider—and pass—unwrien “tle-only” bills. In the House chamber,members cast votes for missing colleagues.But during the drive home at the end of the leg
islave session, these legislators undergo a meta
-morphosis. Emerging into their districts and onto
the campaign trail, we see thoughul, humble can
-didates who jst want to do what is right by thepeople. They want to represent s, to clean things
up, save taxpayer dollars and take a thoughul andinclusive approach.Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
The Strange Caseof Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
, about a scienst whocreates his own endish alter ego. “Though soprofound a double-dealer,” Jekyll says in his naladmission, “I was in no sense a hypocrite; bothsides of me were in dead earnest.”Earnest or not, voters are red of vong for Dr.Jekyll only to have Mr. Hyde show up in Olympia.
It is equally disconcerng for legislators who donot adopt Mr. Hyde’s persona to be cast as double-dealers when they are, in fact, humble men and women who exercise great personal and policy dis-cipline.
To provide a remedy, we created the InformedVoter Project. It will roll out in several phases.This is the rst installment, and you will note ouraempt to reveal the “Mr. Hyde’s”who serve here in Olympia, at leastin terms of their budget votes. Wedetail how legislators voted onseventeen key issues, how theyplanned to spend taxpayer dollars,
and some good ideas they let fallby the wayside.
We’ve also included a list of quesons you should considerasking every incumbent or chal
lenger for elecve oce. Our hope
is that this gide pts the tools inyor hands to hold yor legislatorsaccontable for how they repre-sent yo.
We will connue to gather informaon to help
s know more abot how or legislators are rep-
resenng us. Check our website at www.informed
voterguide.com or our blog at libertylive.org for
The Strange Caseof Doctor Jekyll andLegislator Hyde