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…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 did.

This was front-page banner news (Headline: “Governor allowed back in Hannah’s!”) for a quirky Olympia tabloid, The Sitting Duck. (Front-page slogan of the latest edition: “Featuring the most revolting writers in the West!”) It captured the moment in a photo. It shows Ruzicka frowning theatrically at the governor’s driver’s license as she stands at the door.

“We were happy she came back,” Ruzicka told the paper. “She’s done a lot for business in the state, and she’s a good sport.”

Apparently so. Her campaign bought a half-page ad in the same edition.


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Richard Roesler covers Washington state news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Olympia.

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