Eye On Olympia archive for Aug. 2008

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2008


Obama's speech: the preview...

Forty five minutes before Barack Obama takes the stage in Denver, his campaign has sent out excerpts from his prepared remarks.He talks about his background, about the nation's promise that hard work and sacrifice, each can pursue his or her dreams. But this is "one...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2008

Governor's race maps and Eastern Washington...

Catching up...My colleague Jim Camden has worked his political-mapping skills and come up with a couple of graphics in the governor's race.The upshot: the late-arriving ballots have been tilting slightly to Republicans."Dino Rossi has been gaining a bit of ground in the gubernatorial vote tally...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2008

Tax showdown in the Temple of Justice...

(and yes, the state Supreme Court's office building is really called the Temple of Justice.) Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown is doing something that would make many a politician squirm: going to court to make it easier to raise taxes. A 15-year-old law declaring that...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2008


TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2008





Goldmark/Sutherland: Very close

Democrat Peter Goldmark, who's led incumbent Commissioner of Public Lands Doug Sutherland in campaign fundraising for months, is neck and neck with Sutherland: 49 percent to Sutherland's 50 percent. (It's closer than it sounds, due to my rounding of these percentages.)As expected, urbanites seem to...

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Rossi's slightly ahead...

Now Rossi's up by a fraction of a percent: 47.49 percent to Gregoire's 46.5 percent.He's been helped by heavy leads in rural, sparsely populated counties, primarily east of the Cascades. But Gregoire's up by nearly five percentage points in Snohomish County -- a populous battleground...

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And in Spokane...

Gregoire's beating Rossi 48 percent to 45 percent in the earliest returns. Also, local guy John Aiken Jr. can take heart: among the 8 much-lesser-known contenders for governor, he's currently in the lead, with a statewide 2 percent.

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More primary-eve predictions...

More top-two predictions from The Moderate Washingtonian blog, including NE WA races:(Central Spokane)3rd House District #1:Alex Wood [D] 55%John Waite [I] 19%(Spokane Valley area)4th House District #2:Diana Wilhite [R] 32%Tim Hattenburg [D] 29%(A crescent around western Spokane)6th House District #1:Don Barlow [D] 47%Kevin Parker [R]...

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2008

Nearly one in six state lawmakers unopposed...

Barring effective write-in challenges, lots of state lawmakers are getting a free ride to re-election this year.Two dozen state lawmakers, including local Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville and Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, are running without even a token opponent on the ballot.Among them:-Rep. Al O'Brien, D-Seattle,-Rep....

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FRIDAY, AUG. 15, 2008


THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2008


Rossi: What I'd do now about the budget...

Trying to trump Gov. Gregoire's recent announcement of a hiring freeze and other budget-trimming measures, Republican challenger Dino Rossi says he'd:-launch a year-long hiring freeze,-and shrink consulting contracts 20 percent, travel 10 percent and supply purchases 10 percentRossi says the state should not only hire...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2008

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



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