Eye On Olympia archive for April 2007

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2007

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2007

Transportation budget: good or bad for Spokane...

You'd be hard-pressed to find a point of sharper disagreement among Inland Northwest lawmakers than the issue of whether the state transportation budget approved this morning by the House of Representatives is a good thing or a bad thing for Spokane.Local Democrats Chris Marr and...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

What's in it for you...

After weeks of negotiations, state House and Senate lawmakers released their agreed-upon capital budget for 2007-2009 tonight, with a vote coming soon. For the blog's Spokane-area readers, here's a look at some of the local projects slated for cash:*Mirabeau Point Children's Universal Park: $800,000.*Mobius: $800,000....

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2007

Of coal and Kool-Aid...

There was one final flurry of debate yesterday on SB 6001, a measure aimed at curtailing Washington's contributions to greenhouse gases. (This is a bill that drew no less than 45 attempted amendments this year.)The bill was back in the Senate for a final stop...

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2007


Olympia in the rear-view mirror...

Most of the action remains subterranean right now, with a handful of key lawmakers hashing out deals behind closed doors.After an informal poll of staffers and lobbyists, the betting seems to be for the budget to come out sometime Wednesday, with the session wrapping up...

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Keep the change, judge...

One thing that doesn't come across on TVW or much of the news coverage out of Olympia is how choreographed and scripted most (but not all) of the House and Senate floor debate is. Daily, tourists and visitors sit in the galleries, presumably expecting some...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2007

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2007

We were rooting for the Martha S., but hey...

State vegetable? Check.State frog? Check. (Oh, pardon: state amphibian.)State boat?No?Lawmakers moved to right that wrong Wednesday, as the Senate approved Rep. Brian Blake's bill to declare the Aberdeen-based Lady Washington as the state's official ship."The bill sometimes hit rough waters, but it's now sailing on...

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After you...No, after you...No, after you...

The House yesterday approved SB 5088, an anti-jackass bill intended to discourage people from cutting in line while waiting for the state ferries. As things stand now, the only penalty at state officials' disposal is to send the offender to the back of the line.The...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2007


FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2007

How the session's going -- or not -- for the GOP...

Excerpts from GOP legislative leaders' meeting Friday with capitol reporters:On Thursday's angry confrontation between Rep. Dan Roach and Rep. Lynn Kessler: "Easter being the season of hope and renewal, we'll go and take a break and come back with hope and renewal." (Rep. Richard DeBolt,...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 5, 2007

The Screamer...

I can't vouch for the math, but here's a very interesting way to graph data: inflation-adjusted home prices, 1890 to present, as a roller coaster. (Thanks to The Slog.)

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2007

Don't miss this...

"NGA, CCSSO, NASBE Officials to Offer Briefing on NCLB Recommendations"-- Press release this morning from the National Governor's Association and other groups.

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MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2007


The governor: a news conference sampler...

Gov. Chris Gregoire, from this morning's weekly "availability" with capitol reporters:On the new state quarter: "It is 100 percent Washington," Gregoire said, noting that the heads side shows, well, George Washington and the tails side shows a leaping salmon and Mt. Rainier. The mountain, visible...

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