Eye On Olympia archive for March 2004

THURSDAY, MARCH 11, 2004

Re: your hanging: Sorry about that...

We strongly suspect that Chief Leschi would argue that it's too little and much, much too late, but nearly 150 years after Washington's territorial government hanged the Nisqually chief for allegedly murdering local soldiers, the Legislature is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10, 2004

The Oracle at Olympia...

"Things are constantly evolving...All options are open." Gov. Gary Locke, asked whether he would veto the leading proposals to replace the state's unconstitutional blanket primary.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2004

Zags in the House...

For more than half an hour Monday night, the House of Representatives turned into a living room.Someone figured out that the big video screens that show voting roll calls also work quite well as TVs. The Gonzaga game was immediately tuned in, and while clerks...

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MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2004

Gay marriage II...

"We pay our bills. We pay our taxes. We're good citizens. We're tired of waiting." Rep. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, one of four openly gay state lawmakers, calling for state approval of gay and lesbian marriage.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004

A new lease on life...

Battered women and rape victims who have to flee their homes for their own safety got some help from state lawmakers last week.Both the House and Senate have unanimously passed HB 1645, which makes it easier for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking...

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Clubbing a tax to death...

State lawmakers last week cut young golfers a break, saying that high school golf teams shouldn't have to pay taxes when they practice at local golf courses.The state tax code technically requires collection of a tax, even when golf courses donate the use of their...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2004

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.



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