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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - Page updated at 07:49 p.m.

Rewind | Live chat during Obama's State of the Union Address

Opinion and guest writers from The Seattle Times and The Idaho Statesman and a state politician hosted a discussion during President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address and the Republican response Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Read a transcript of the chat below.

For more resources, see the White House's State of the Union page.

Opinion columnists

Kate Riley, Associate Editorial Page editor, The Seattle Times

Kate has been working for The Seattle Times for 9 years. Her interests are energy, higher education, immigration, and urban-rural tensions. Find her on Twitter: @k8riley

Lynne Varner, columnist, The Seattle Times

Lynne has been an opinion columnist and a member of the Editorial Board for 11 years. She writes about everything from politics to pop culture. Education, health care and the way we live are current subjects of interest. Find her on Twitter: @lkvarner

Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds

In January 2008, Rep. Liias was appointed to the House of Representatives. In his first session, Rep. Liias sponsored new laws to promote affordable housing, improve consumer protection resources, and provide better training to school personnel. After his election to a full term in November 2008, Rep. Liias was selected as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee. He also serves on the Agriculture & Natural Resources, Community & Economic Development & Trade, Education, and Rules Committees. Find him on Twitter: @MarkoLiias.

Kevin Richert, editorial page editor, Idaho Statesman

Kevin Richert is responsible for writing several editorials per week for the Idaho Statesman in Boise, Idaho, focusing on local, state and Western issues. He also maintains a daily blog focusing on commentary on politics and state government. He has been the Statesman's editorial page editor since April 2001. A native of Long Island, New York, and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, he he worked for 25 years as an editor and reporter for newspapers throughout Idaho. Find him on Twitter: @KevinRichert.

Dennis Mansfield and Meg Roe, guest writers

Dennis Mansfield is a long-time "progressive conservative" commentator on politics in Idaho via TV, radio and blogging. He daily posts on cultural, political and faith issues on and was the primary spokesman for newly-elected U.S. Congressman Raul Labrador. His daughter, Meg Roe, 26, is an elected GOP Precinct Committeeman, a wife and mother and veteran of many political races. The pair will provide two generations of conservative thought. Find them on Twitter: @DennisMansfield.