An extraordinary glimpse behind the scenes in Olympia, as told by a man who had a ringside seat for 34 years. Working primarily with House Republicans as senior legal counsel, the author was involved in many of the legal and political maneuvers of the last three decades. He offers a provocative perspective and often shines a humorous light on our shared history.
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—Joe King, former Democratic speaker, Washington House of Representatives
“When you place a first-rate legal mind deep inside the belly of the political beast, you get insights about how our government really functions."
—John C. Hughes, Northwest historian
“Too many books about lawmaking are the handiwork of back-seat drivers. Not so with My Ride—Allen Hayward’s even-handed, insightful and readable account of his thirty-four eventful years as legal counsel to the Washington House of Representatives.”
—Lorraine Hine, former state representative, Governor Mike Lowry's chief of staff, and current chair of the Public Stadium Authority Board
"Allen brings perspective to the legislative process and deep understanding about the people in it, and he does so with very clever humor.”
—Ralph Munro, Washington Secretary of State, 1980-2000
“I loved every sentence of My Ride, but especially the stories.”
—U.S. Representative Denny Heck, D-Washington
"From his decades–long perch as the top lawyer for the House Republicans, Allen, possessing a truly brilliant legal mind, renders the incomprehensible completely understandable. And here’s the deal—his book is also laugh-out-loud funny.”
—Lynn Kessler, former Democratic majority leader, Washington House of Representatives
"I recall the many times Allen reminded me that first and foremost we must honor the institution, and not let ‘politics’ break down the walls. Ever the gentleman, he treated people with respect on both sides of the aisle.”
—Clyde Ballard, former Republican speaker, Washington House of Representatives
"Allen believes with complete conviction that our form of self government is the finest created. I share that belief. That's why he's more than a counselor. He's my friend."
—Kathy Lambert, King County Council member, former state representative
"My Ride is warm, funny and informative. Allen's advice, political acumen and institutional knowledge were invaluable to our caucus."
—John Carlson, KVI/KOMO radio; co-founder, Washington Policy Center
"Somehow, Allen managed to write a book about state politics that is as entertaining as it is informative."
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TVW coverage of the House of Representatives honoring Allen Hayward on Friday, January 25, 2013 with the passage of House Resolution 4605.
TVW presentation of my remarks at the Gorton Lecture Series held at the Discovery Institute, Seattle WA.
The author meets with editors Bill Engelhardt and Chris Christensen at Olympia's Falls Terrace Restaurant. Many productive book-planning sessions were conducted from this favorite corner table. The editors of My Ride have been crafting words to report the news and communicate with their readers all of their adult lives. Bill Engelhardt, left, and Derwyn "Chris" Christensen also served the Legislature and its members in the House of Representatives for many of the years covered in this book. It was my good fortune that for a couple of lunches, with appropriate beverages, of course, I was able to entice these two fine pros to help me make My Ride a reality. Thank you, gentlemen.