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 legislature’s real operation in print—from a legislator who knew what was happening—and why”—Slade 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 government”—Phil 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 insider’s 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 politics”—Jeannette 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 insider’s 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's career as a teacher and manager in academe, and in the private, public and non-profit sectors enrich this inclusive and systematic insider's view from his 14 years as a Washington State Representative and Senator. In the upper house he was Whip, Caucus Chair and presided over of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee. Senator Scott took his Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington, where he was Assistant to the Dean of the Medical School. He was then Vice President for Social Policy at Rainier Bancorporation, Executive Director of the State Dental Association, Director of Public Affairs for the State Bar, and State Archivist. George has served on the boards of a dozen civic organizations, and writes history for academic journals and the public.

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