Fiscal conservatives surge in normally profligate Olympia legislature

 Bellevue St. Sen. Rodney Tom spearheads the resurgence of fiscal conservatives in the Olympia legislature, the first time that has happened since the 1994 Republican revolution. But Sen. Tom’s demand for sustainable budgets and fiscal sanity have made him a marked man in Puget Sound’s liberal political circles. John Carlson takes those liberal critics to task for losing Sen. Tom, who identifies as a Democrat.