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THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2009

Text of Gregoire's save-more letter...

June 18, 2009TO: Statewide Elected OfficialsAgency Directors Presidents of Higher Education Institutions State Boards and CommissionsFROM: Christine O. Gregoire, GovernorSUBJECT: Additional Budget SavingsOn June 18th, the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council announced an additional reduction to the General Fund State revenue forecast. Although...

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And now for the good news...

There was also some good news, however, in state revenue forecaster Arun Raha's predictions Thursday."It increasingly appears that we are finally approaching the end of this `Great Recession,'" he said. The bottom of the recession seems near, he said, and the "freefall" declines in economic...

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Revenue forecast and response: More details...

Gov. Chris Gregoire is ordering state agencies to cut their payrolls by 2 percent more, after the state's revenue forecaster this morning whacked revenue projections by nearly $500 million. "We have been aware of the likelihood of a negative forecast and are prepared to take...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009

More on Eugster ruling from high court...

My story in the print paper this a.m. had more details about the suspension of Spokane attorney (and former Spokane city councilman, and current candidate for same) Steve Eugster:OLYMPIA _ After a long-running battle over his handling of an elderly widow’s case, Spokane attorney Steve...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2009

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 2009


What we're reading...

This story, from this morning's New York Times, about the causes of the nation's fast-mushrooming deficit:There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years. The first is that President Obama’s agenda, ambitious as it may...

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To be followed by COFFEE AND BREAKFAST 2010... 

As a reporter, I get upwards of 100 emails a day. But some just jump out at you."More than 6,500 scientists and doctors will convene at SLEEP 2009," one recent one began.It turns out that a group called the "Associated Professional Sleep Societies" hosts an...

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Number of uninsured in state is surging...

The trend won't be a surprise, but the numbers are pretty startling: state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said this week that the number of Washingtonians with no health insurance has shot up to a record 876,000.That's 1 in 5 people between the ages of 19...

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Petition form...or blanket?

If you're approached by a Referendum 71 signature-gatherer and want to read the petition before you sign it, you'd better bring a magnifying glass, a chair and a cool drink. As required by law, R-71 authors managed to squeeze the entire 114-page bill onto a...

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

R-71: Struggle to finalize petitions continues...

Referendum 71 proponents have been saying for days that they're on the verge of printing petitions, but the process has faced repeated delays, apparently from the technical challenge of compressing a 113-page bill onto a petition form that people can actually read."It will go to...

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Update on Nirvana bassist's political run...

Here's a follow-up: my story from the print paper:OLYMPIA – Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic is running for clerk of tiny Wahkiakum County, one of the most sparsely populated counties in the state.He made it clear Thursday that he doesn’t want the job. He’s voting...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009

Only women's prison in E. WA to shrink by half....

I had this story in the print paper today:OLYMPIA _ Citing a smaller population of female prisoners, state corrections officials plan to shutter one of two units at Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women, the only women’s prison east of the Cascades. The 359-woman prison...

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