Eye On Olympia archive for April 2008

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008

From the police report...

State Rep. Geoff Simpson, D-Covington, was arrested Sunday afternon on charges of fourth degree assault and interfering with reporting of domestic violence. He says -- see below -- that the charges are baseless and that he'll be exonerated.In essence, Simpson told the police that he...

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Washington, welcome to the spotlight...

From this morning's paper:If there’s any doubt that Washington’s about to be a national battleground in the fight over assisted suicide, just take a look at the checks.With months left to go before Election Day, Washington’s Initiative 1000 has drawn cash contributions from all 50...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008

About those Playboy magazines you never got

A now-defunct company that sold magazine subscriptions on the auction site eBay has agreed to refund thousands of dollars to Washingtonians who never got their publications.Cheapest-Magz, run by Wilmyr Dagohoy and Eireen Ejem-Dagohoy, has agreed to pay $15,000 in refunds, a fine and attorneys' fees.The...

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Eyman: Home a-loan...

OK, so that's a crappy headline. But in what is either a sign of desperation or a novel way to light a fire under campaign donors, initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he's taking out a $250,000 second mortgage on his Mukilteo home in order to...

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008

Connelly named to executive ethics board...

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Spokane City Attorney Mike Connelly, a former legislative candidate and former Spokane city attorney, to the the state's executive ethics board. Connelly is also a former member (and chairman) of the state Public Disclosure Commission. His term on the ethics...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008

Senate war chests for 2008 and beyond...

Running some things through the PDC database on a slow day shows that although it's still April, some state senators have racked up pretty good campaign war chests:At the top is Spokane's Lisa Brown, the Democratic Senate majority leader, with $131, 104. Brown has been...

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008


Olympia's publicist laureate...

From a (tongue-in-cheek) post on Olyblog, a community blog in the capital city:Olympia. Olympia! Olympia is a land of puppies and rainbows and leprechauns where people spontaneously dance in circles in the street. No one ever dies and there are no unhappy people there. Olympia...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2008

Campaign finance violations cost Bob Apple $4,200...

The state Public Disclosure Commisson voted unanimously this afternoon to fine Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple the maximum possible $4,200 for failing to file campaign finance reports during his successful run for office last year.Here's a copy of the state's 58-page investigation report.In essence, the...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008


Sen. Weinstein: Back to asbestos...

State Sen Brian Weinstein, who says he'll step down when his term ends in December, has taken a job as senior counsel with the Seattle law firm Bergman and Frockt. The company specializes in asbestos- and consumer-protection cases.A University of Texas law school graduate, Weinstein...

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Gas? Expensive. Why? Tune in tomorrow...

Attorney General Rob McKenna will tomorrow release the results of a year-long investigation into Washington fuel prices.A Powerpoint presentation will be posted here tomorrow afternoon.The last time the AG's office did a study like this (1991), much of the answer boiled down to...market forces. Here's...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008

More specifics on Rossi transportation plan...

Saying that key transportation chokepoints are "a foot on the air hose of the Washington economy," Republican gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi's 30-year, $15 billion plan includes:·Hwy 520, Evergreen Floating Bridge·Widening of I-405, Renton to Bellevue·US 2 Corridor improvements·SR 9 Corridor improvements·Hwy 167 extension and improvements·Widening...

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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2008

Rossi hits the road...

And now back to work.Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi will be making the rounds of the state tomorrow and Wednesday, touting what he would do to relieve traffic congestion and kickstart projects like the North Spokane Corridor.He has stops planned in Bellevue, Sultan and Spokane. (Spokane:...

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Idaho GOP sues to close the state's primaries...

For years, I've wondered why Washington's pick-a-party primary was constantly referred to as "Montana-style," rather than "Idaho-style." Idaho's closer, after all, and both have open primaries in which a person is free to pick the party whose primary they wish to vote in. That's what...

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Brown on panel with Dalai Lama...

The Dalai Lama is in Seattle for five days, as part of a "Seeds of Compassion" event that's drawing tens of thousands of people.Today, he's joining state Senate Majority Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, Costco's Jeff Brotman, King County Executive Ron Sims and others in an afternoon...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2008

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2008


GOP tries to bus-t Gregoire; her campaign scoffs...

The state GOP sounded the klaxons this afternoon, noting that Gov. Chris Gregoire's biodiesel campaign bus has...Oregon license plates. They included photos, which my colleague Jim Camden will soon post here."Gov. Gregoire has been making it harder and harder for businesses to survive here in...

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Carder files against state Rep. Wood

Undeterred by her 33 percent showing against Democratic state Rep. Alex Wood two years ago, Spokane Republican Laura Carder has filed campaign paperwork for a rematch.She said she'd really like to see someone challenge state Sen. Lisa Brown, who's running for re-election in the same...

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