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Eye On Olympia Washington archive

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009

In wake of today's court ruling, Washingtonians on both sides of the same-sex marriage divide try to gauge lessons from California...

California's supreme court has upheld Proposition 8, the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling, however, allows thousands of same-sex marriages performed prior to the ban.California's experience has been closely watched in Washington, where gay marriage opponents have filed a referendum to undo a...

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2009

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009

TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009

Sales tax bill clears committee...barely...

A proposed billion-dollar sales tax hike barely cleared its first committee Tuesday, 8 votes to 7."We are at a time when people need our help," said Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, urging lawmakers to support his plan. "The most vulnerable need us."If the House and Senate...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

Poll on parks fees, and how much they'd raise...

A new poll re: possible tax increases to support state parks comes back with these results:-$5 fee to park at parks and trails? 55 percent support, 43 percent don't.-an (unspecificed) tax on motor homes and campers? 52 percent support, 43 percent don't.-A 1-cent-per-$1,000-value property tax...

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2009

A closer look at the budget...

Lawmakers on Friday released the details of their proposed two-year operating budget and a quick scan of the 515-page document suggests that they did, in fact, use scalpels instead of hatchets. In addition to the major changes for schools, colleges, social services and health care,...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

Idaho continues to loom on Olympia's radar...

Former state Rep. John Ahern was famous for floor speeches trotting out the specter of unhappy Washington businesses decamping en masse for Idaho. “That great sucking sound you hear,” he'd warn, as Democrats rolled their eyes, “is business heading for Idaho.” Ahern's now gone, ousted...

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MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

Budget: not getting better...

The news continues to get worse for Washington's treasury.The state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council today said that state revenue is down about $63 million lower than expected over the past four weeks. Revenue from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10 -- which due to delays...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2009

White House: what's in the Obama stimulus plan for WA...

The White House has posted a list of what President Obama's stimulus plan would mean for Washingtonians. It doesn't detail some of the major investments in education and transportation infrastructure that's being planned. It's more of a consumer's-eye-view of the plan.From it:•Creating or saving 79,700...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Lunchtime reading for you...

What we're reading:-This analysis, by a private think tank called the Washington State Budget and Policy Center, of the differences between House Democrats' recent cost-cutting plan and a similar proposal from Gov. Chris Gregoire. Researcher Jeff Chapman concludes that the House would reduce the budget...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Supremes on public records...

Justice Debra Stephens writes the majority opinion this morning in a public records case out of the state Supreme Court. Rules for the requestor in a complex case. Justice Barbara Madsen dissented, saying the ruling would upset a delicate balance between penalties for violators and...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

New Washington political website... 

From the folks who brought you Horse's Ass, it's "Publicola, the Washington news elixir."From HA founder David Goldstein:"The sudden collapse of our local news industry and the resulting mass exodus of political reporters is a bitter pill to swallow for those of us who believe...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009


A marmot takes a break – from mayhem, perhaps? – in Riverfront Park. 
 (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)

Behold the gentle marmot... 

Speaking of Jacobsen's bills, he's also back with a proposal to declare the Olympic marmot the official "state endemic mammal."The bill describes the creatures in language similar to how my onetime neighbors in Coeur d'Alene used to describe Californians: Olympic marmots hibernate from September to...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

U.S. News: WA tops for starting a small business... 

Although there's a constant "we're great/we suck" debate on virtually all attempts to gauge Washington's business climate, here's the latest one: U.S. News and World Report gives the state high marks as a place to launch your company. Tops, in fact.From the report:1. Washington. The...

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Storm update...

From the governor's office, where Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is filling in for Gov. Chris Gregoire, who's headed back from a troop visit in Iraq.Heavy rains pounded much of Western Washington Wednesday through early Thursday, with most rivers flooding, many at record or near-record levels....

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2008

TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2008


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