Eye On Olympia archive for Aug. 2006

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, 2006

TUESDAY, AUG. 29, 2006

FRIDAY, AUG. 25, 2006

THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2006

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...

Republican Senate candidate Mike McGavick has posted an "open letter" on his campaign website, apparently to pre-empt reporters or opposition researchers from seizing on past transgressions.It starts out:What’s wrong with politics today? The candidates and the incumbents spend their time attacking each other’s personal character...

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MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2006

Smoking ban: drinking down, eating up...

Although cautioning that "three months of data (is) insufficient to draw conclusions," the state Department of Revenue says that sales by bars and taverns dipped during the first three months after the new state smoking ban took effect.Gross business income reported by taverns and bars...

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It's as if Tim Eyman moved to Idaho...

Washington initiative pitchman Tim Eyman's sole surviving ballot measure may be on life-support at this point*, but his peers in other states have been busy this year. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 59 citizen initiatives are on state ballots across...

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A phone book's worth of ideas...

The business-backed Washington Policy Center, the same group that puts together Washingtonvotes.org, has issued a 300-page "Policy Guide" for the state. The recommendations -- on taxes, health care, energy, etc. -- will find a lot more favor with Republicans than with the Democrats who control...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9, 2006

Chief Justice questioned about ruling...

Gerry Alexander, the 70-year-old chief justice of the state Supreme Court, happened to have the bad luck to schedule his campaign endorsement interview with Seattle newspaper The Stranger on the day after the high court -- including Alexander -- narrowly upheld the state ban on...

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Greens take heart from Lamont victory in Connecticut...

A closely-watched Senate primary 3,000 miles away has given a morale boost to Washington Greens.As Joe Lieberman last night conceded the Connecticut Democratic primary to anti-war challenger Ned Lamont, Seattle resident Aaron Dixon was sending out a press release warning that "Progressives are through with...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2, 2006

The fight for Justice...

"It's a bees' nest. I didn't know it would be...There's PAC money involved, and allegations of skullduggery." ---Norman Ericson, a veteran administrative law judge in Olympia who picked this interesting year to throw his hat into a five-way race for a state Supreme Court seat.Want...

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