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Bye Bye Mike

Mike Padden, the dimwitted Republican state representative from Spokane, has long been a nemesis of Washington state prisoners. In 1995 Padden introduced legislation to ban family visiting, televisions, "erotic" and "violent" materials, etc. [See, March, 1995, PLN ] First elected to the state house in 1980, Padden headed the powerful Law and Justice committee which he used to launch numerous attacks on prisoners and criminal defendants as well as pushing his anti-abortion agenda.

Fortunately, Padden is out of the legislature. On March 28, 1995, Padden was sworn in as a judge on the Spokane County District Court. He replaced his law partner, Raymond Tanksley, who held the judgeship until he died in January. The county commission will choose a legislative replacement for Padden.

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