Eye On Olympia archive for July 2007

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2007

Good times: Labor weighs in...

Rick Bender, president of the state Labor Council, on the high marks Forbes magazine and some other measures give to the state's business climate these days:A few short years ago, it was fashionable among business lobbyists to declare -- as former Boeing executive Alan Mulally...

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2007

On the masochistic nature of public office...

Here's a comment from Will, at horsesass.org, on the indignities that politicians (in this case, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels) must periodically endure:I can tell you that if I was heckled by morons on a public TV show, I’d drop the f-bomb and resign my office.

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THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2007

While you were sleeping...

It was wrong for a dentist's insurance company to refuse to defend him after a practical joke – photographing an unconscious patient with fake boar tusks protruding from her mouth – turned into a lawsuit.So said the state Supreme Court Thursday, ruling that Fireman's Fund...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2007

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007


Speechless...

At Crosscut, public radio's Austin Jenkins has a good story about the fact that Gov. Gregoire has gone through three speechwriters so far.Part of the problem is it's hard for a younger, even very smart speechwriter to write for a governor who's a lawyer and...

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THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2007


TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2007

From <S>good</S> great to great...

Filling in for a sick Gov. Chris Gregoire at her press conference yesterday were three state officials, including Gregoire's Chief of Staff Tom Fitzsimmons, who managed to use the word "great" a dozen times when describing aspects of Gregoire's leadership and current events. (A sampling:...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2007

Merde!

The state auditor's office raises its eyebrows at a $3,824 trip by the Annapolis Water District Commissioners to gather information regarding sewage treatment systems......in Europe."We could find no mention in meeting minutes of any discussion on the decision to make the trip."the state audit report...

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FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2007

Court challenge to halt I-960 fails...

An effort by the environmental group Futurewise and the Service Employees International Union to head off Tim Eyman's latest initiative has apparently failed.King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer this morning refused to halt the measure, Eyman said by phone shortly after the ruling.Opponents of...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2007

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2007

The wreck of the Catala...

Yes, a shipwreck is admittedly pretty far afield for what's supposed to be a political blog, but so many Northwesterners have memories of clambering around on the beached steamer SS Catala over the decades that I figured I'd post a recent story I did on...

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A busy day in Mexico...

As promised, Gov. Chris Gregoire is apparently in full pitchwoman mode on her trade mission to Mexico. She's touting the state's apples, cherries, wines, beef and other products at a Mexico City Costco today.A sampling from the schedule:11:25 a.m.: Starbucks promotion12:05 p.m.: Washington wine promotion...

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007


Changing times and changing maps...

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe's push to replace the word "squaw" with modern, less-controversial names on Washington's maps has been stalled by a tussle over a new name for the Whitman County community of Squaw Canyon.The word "squaw," tribal members and their supporters say, is a...

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THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2007

Inmate releases: Relief for Spokane and Pierce County at last?

The state Department of Corrections has released its much-awaited "preliminary list" of counties that aren't getting their share of work-release prisoners, or, in DOC's wording, that "have an unmet need for additional work-release facilities."The counties, or groups of counties, are:-Chelan/Douglas/Kittitas-Clark/Skamania-Grays Harbor/Mason-Lewis-SnohomishThe list stems from a...

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The presidential also-rans...

Oh, where to begin...How about with MTV's roundup of actual darkhorse presidential candidates, the slate of which is summed up well by the article's headline:'Star Trek' Extra, Fascist, Horseshoer, Dark Priest: The Other Presidential CandidatesAmong the contenders:From the "Vampires, Witches, and Pagans Party," we have...

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