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Gregoire going to China, Japan

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is racking up the frequent flier miles this month. She's in Washington, D.C., right now for a National Governors Association meeting. Next week, she'll be going to China and Japan.

Gregoire is leading an NGA delegation to Beijing that leaves Monday, a spokeswoman said. That organization is paying the cost of the trip for her and an aide. She'll also have a couple state patrol officers accompanying her for security, which will be covered by the state.

Also making the trip will be governors from Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, Guam and the Northern Mariannas Islands.

After finishing in Beijing, Gregoire, her aide and security folks will make a brief side trip to Tokyo where she will meet with two Japanese companies that have manufacturing facilities in Washington and are looking to expand. One company makes carbon fiber parts for Boeing and is thinking of expanding into the automobile field; another makes silicon wafers.

The group is scheduled to return to Washington state on Friday.

Total cost to the state for the trip is still being calculated.

Mayors and govs on debt ceiling: Get ‘er done

July is a fine time for elected executives to leave their lofty offices and go to conferences.

As the Wizard of Oz once put it, “to confer, converse and otherwise hob-nob with my fellow wizards.”

So we have the National Governor Association meeting in Salt Lake City, and the United Conference of Mayors meeting next week in Los Angeles. They both have at least one common thing on their mind: Telling Congress and President Obama to stop messing around and raise the debt ceiling.

The NGA, currently headed by Chris Gregoire issued a statement to that effect today, although news coverage of the conference suggests that agreement that it should be done does not really extend to agreement on how it should be done. Republican governors support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Democratic governors, not so much.

The UCM has a session for about 50 mayors next week. All of Friday morning's meeting is devoted to the debt and deficit. Expect more from them if, by then, the president and Congress haven't reached a deal.

Get while the getting is good

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire is ending her term as president of the National Governor's Assocation and starting her term as chairman of the Western Governors Association.

That sounds a bit backwards, going from the national to the regional, but remember that Gregoire was picked for the NGA in November to fill out the term of West Virginia's Joe Manchin, after he was elected to the Senate. So that wasn't the normal ascension to the top.

In any case, her first big initiative at the Western Governors Association is to boost tourism, recreation and conservation around these here parts, out where buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play.

“Many of our friends and neighbors have lost their connection to the land just beyond the city limits —  especially the younger generation and poorer, inner city residents,” she said at the WGA annual meeting in Coeur d'Alene. The initiative will “help restore that connection,” she said.

The initiative has a slogan, as any good initiative must.

Get Out West!

The exclamation point comes with the slogan, it wasn't added just now for emphasis. Providing the correct punctuation is probably a good thing because with different punctuation, and varying inflection, one could convey different meanings entirely.

Get…Out West. Get Out! West? Get out, West. Get. Out West.

Punctuation was one of the problems with a slogan Washington had for a brief time, a few years back: Say WA. Too many people interpeted as Say WA?

OK, so that was a minor problem with Say WA, the bigger problem was the slogan itself. But still.

Gregoire named NGA head

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire was elected to fill the opening as the chairwoman of the National Governors Association, her office announced today.

Gregoire will step into the job left vacant when West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin was elected to the U.S. Senate this month. She serves until next July. She said she would continue the organization’s initiative “Complete to Compete” that pushes college students to graduate and get degrees or certification.

In a prepared statement released by her office, Gregoire said she was honored to be selected by her peers for the job.

For the full press release, go inside the blog.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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