Majority of One: Legislatve Life

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Xlibris Corporation, Jun 3, 2010 - Political Science - 464 pages
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Praise for A Majority of One: By far the best description of a state legislatures real operation in printfrom a legislator who knew what was happeningand whySlade Gorton (R) Former and Majority Leader Washington State House of Representatives, Washington State Attorney General and U.S. Senator Senator George Scott has provided us with a warm, insightful appreciation of the legislative process that few outsiders can offer. This is a must read for students of state governmentPhil Talmadge (D) Former Washington State Senator and State Supreme Court Justice. Legislative leaders are activists. George Scott is also a trained historian. Majority is a unique, inclusive insiders firsthand look at legislating, documented in depth. It is the place to start for students of the process, campaigners, legislators and those who care about politicsJeannette Hayner (R) Former Member of the House. Minority, and Majority Leader, Washington State Senate. Anyone who cares about representative government must read this book. George Scott captures the essence of legislative action with the knowledge only an insider can bring. He does it with perception, wit and humor.Daniel J. Evans (R) Former State House Majority Leader, Governor, and U.S. Senator. Rarely, and I am tempted to say never, do we find an insiders political savvy combined with the scholarly analysis that George Scott devotes to A Majority of One. Scott is unmatched in his command of the voluminous archival source materials involved here and his use of firsthand experience in weaving them into an absorbing account. This book is a practical guide for understanding the grassroots politics and placing these practices in the bigger picture of local, state, and national affairs. A Majority of One is a must read for both the concerned citizen and the political pro.David H. Stratton Professor Emeritus of History Washington State University.

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George Scott was elected to the legislature while earning a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington. He served in both houses 14 years, and in the Senate was Whip, Caucus Chair, and presided over the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. His varied career as a teacher, Assistant to the Dean of the Medical School, Vice-President for Social Policy at Rainier Ban Corporation, Executive Director of the State Dental Association, Director of public Affairs for the State Bar, and State Archivist, and on the boards of a dozen civic and charitable organizations enrich Governors of Washington. George lives in Seattle with his wife Ruth, former head of the American Cancer Society in the Evergreen State, and writes political history for academic journals, and the public.

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