Eye On Olympia archive for May 2008

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008



GOP convention...

From this morning's crop of speeches:"We are the only group that Christine Gregoire can't unionize."-Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers"The purpose of this assembly is to bring people together" to unite behind GOP principles. "Everybody in this room, you're all Republicans. You are family. Come together."-Congressman Dave...

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008

Let the filing begin...

Next week marks the start of filing week, when candidates put cash down (1 percent of the elected position's annual salary) and throw themselves into the political ring.Many candidates, of course, declared months (or in some cases, years) ago. And political reporters tend to use...

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

More on the PDC...

Also, the group is debating what to do about a longstanding requirement that political candidates note their party on campaign ads.After all, in the state's soon-to-be-tried-for-the-first-time Top Two Primary, you're just expressing a "party preference." And party is irrelevant in the primary: the top two...

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Spokane diocese on I-1000...

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is one of those taking sides in the assisted suicide measure that proponents are trying to get on the ballot this year.In a recent letter to parishioners, Spokane Bishop William Skylstad urged church members not to sign the petitions to...

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

Don't ask, don't tell case...

More from this morning's paper:OLYMPIA - The military cannot automatically discharge people because they’re gay, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case involving an Air Force nurse from Spokane.A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived Maj. Margaret Witt's...

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008



Supreme court news...

As ordained minister Virgil Montgomery describes it, the trip that landed him before the state's highest court began with a few errands.On a shopping trip to Spokane, the 60-year-old Newport man and a 63-year-old friend bought some matches for his woodstove. And some cough medicine....

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

Another lawmaker steps down...

Rep. Mary Skinner, R-Yakima, said today that she will not run for re-election this fall."After long and careful consideration and much prayer, I have decided not to seek an eighth term in office as state representative and will retire in January," she said in a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

The race for state schools chief...

From today's paper:SEATAC _ The opening-day convention crowd was a lively, thousand-strong mass of people. The ballroom swelled with cheers for door prizes, then faded to back-of-the-room chatting.In front of this crowd, Richard Semler rose. With little introduction, he painted a stark picture from his...

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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008


WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2008

WASL: Still a lightning rod atop the capitol dome...

The state's Parent-Teachers Association held its annual convention in Seatac last week, drawing more than 1,000 people from across the state. Here are some highlights from a panel discussion on a topic that's sure to dominate the five-way race for state superintendent of public instruction...

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008




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