During the holiday season, the Capitol Campus usually is as quiet as a college library during finals.
Not this year, and especially not this week.
Most of the protesters are worried about proposed cuts to state programs and services, including social and health services, public schools and higher education.
By 9 a.m. (photo above), about 100 demonstrators had gathered on the sandstone steps to the north entrance of the “Lege” Building. By 11 o’clock (photo below), several hundred people were holding forth. Others circled the Capitol waving signs. Everyone tried out their lungs, shouting chants – hoping legislators inside could hear their message.
More protesters were expected as the day wore on. The special session, called by Gov. Chris Gregoire to deal with the budget emergency, can last up to 30 days.