Eye On Olympia archive for Oct. 2008

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2008


Lowney releases deposition documents...

Attorney Knoll Lowney has released documentsregarding Rossi's relationship with the BIAW.Among them: One showing the BIAW quietly paying off his 2006 campaign legal debts ($235,000) in 2006. (Rossi was asked about this in the afternoon part of the deposition and said that this was the...

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The Rossi deposition: excerpts -- and a lot of fighting...

Wow, if there's anything that can make the increasingly sharp-edged race for governor look like puppies playing, it's lawyers.I'm about halfway through the first transcript of attorneys questioning Republican candidate Dino Rossi as part of a lawsuit about a building industry group allegedly raising campaign...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2008

This can't be good news...

The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities today reported that...Wait. The title says it all: "STATE REVENUES PLUMMET, July-September Revenue Numbers Are Worst in Years."Of the 15 states for which current data was available, the liberal-learning group reports, nowhere was the drop steeper...

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008


Rossi's everywhere...

Gubernatorial challenger Dino Rossi's is logging a lot of miles this week in a flurry of "Road to Victory Rallies" across the state:Saturday: Everett, Mount Vernon, Bellingham, Port Angeles, ChimacumWednesday: SeattleThursday: Moses Lake, YakimaFriday: GoldendaleSaturday: Vancouver, Longview, Chehalis, Aberdeen, Shelton.

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FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2008

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2008

Elway poll again says Gregoire's way up over Rossi...

Boy, the November election is turning into something of a referendum on independent pollster Stu Elway's methodology. Elway's latest and apparently last poll in the governor's race shows Gov. Chris Gregoire way ahead of challenger Dino Rossi, 51 percent to 39 percent.That's similar to a...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2008

Re: Felons and voting...

After yesterday's post on the fight over the likelihood/near certainty that at least some inegligible felons are included on the state's voting rolls , here's the Evergreen Freedom Foundation's point-by-point fisking*of Secretary of State Sam Reed's defense of the situation.It quotes extensively from a letter...

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2008



FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2008

...Where everybody knows your name...

This summer, a downtown Olympia tavern made international news when an overzealous bouncer barred Gov. Chris Gregoire -- who is 61 -- at the door because the governor had forgotten her driver's license.To make amends, owner Todd Ruzicka asked the governor to return, which she...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2008

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2008


TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008

Builders and friends double down on Rossi...

With the gubernatorial election down to the wire, the Building Industry Association of Washington and its political allies are more than doubling their bet on Republican challenger Dino Rossi.ChangePAC, a BIAW-led group that also includes farm- and small-business groups, is pouring nearly $4 million in...

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Speaking of cash...

As some states nervously eye their dwindling unemployment-insurance coffers, the woman in charge of Washington's system has this message for workers fearing layoffs: no worries.Washington unemployment trust fund -- a pool of money paid into by employers, then tapped to send checks to newly-jobless workers...

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In your mailbox soon...

Look for a fat voters guide to be in your mailbox soon, if it hasn't already arrived.That booklet's no small feat. According to the Secretary of State's office, there are 43 different versions of the thing, ranging from 80 to 264 pages. Several Central- and...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 3, 2008


Putting the "washing" back in Washington...

Despite what a USA Today headline said earlier this week, state environmental officials say, the state has not banned you from washing your car in the driveway.The Department of Ecology says it "provided guidance" to cities and counties last week, warning about the problems caused...

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File this under "When did we lose that right?"

Catching up...-U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat who represents the Tacoma area, has introduced a bill to ban customs agents from summarily seizing the laptops or other devices of U.S. residents returning from overseas trips. There have been numerous reports of customs agents ordering people...

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