The P.I. reports today that Governore Gregoire is dropping a half-mil on a pair of Colorado-based mediators who are supposed to help warring factions come

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Bridge Crashers

State drops half a million bones on 520 bridge mediation.

The P.I. reports today that Governore Gregoire is dropping a half-mil on a pair of Colorado-based mediators who are supposed to help warring factions come to some sort of agreement on how to expand and revamp the Evergreen Point Bridge. Their names? Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, who successfully negotiated a divorce settlement between Dwight Yoakam and Rebecca De Mornay in Wedding CrashersKevin MacDonald's Oscar-nominated 2005 documentary about marriage in America. But here's what's got me perplexed: Doesn't getting competing interests to arrive at some sort of compromise fall under the purview of some existing government agency or individual bureaucrat? And if this truly is a stalemate, wouldn't it be more efficient for the Governor and her staff to simply assess everyone's best laid plans and go with the one (or a hybrid even) that they feel has the most merit, even if it pisses a few people off? Just asking.

 
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