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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2004

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2004

TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2004

All over but the shouting?

Maybe not. The state Republican Party has filed a massive public-records request with King County election officials. The party, it's attorney says, is concerned about possible "irregularities, errors or perhaps worse in the conduct of this election...So that we may begin gathering information to allow…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2004

And Spokane's in...

Spokane County just reported the results of its hand-count. Gregoire gained 8 votes, Rossi gained 15, and Bennett gained 3.So as the state waits for King County to report its results, Rossi has gained a net 8 votes more than Gregoire.

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Counting down...

With 37 of 39 counties reporting -- that's everyone but King and Spokane counties, here's how the recount has changed things so far:-Christine Gregoire's gained 553 more votes.-Dino Rossi's gained 554.(Libertarian Ruth Bennett picked up 31.)

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2004

Supremes say `no' to the Democrats...

The state Supreme Court this morning unanimously rejected Democrats' appeal to reconsider thousands of ballots that had early been ruled invalid."No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2004

Grant County adds 52 more ballots...

Although Grant County hasn't reported its results yet -- and probably won't until Tuesday -- County Auditor Bill Varney says that 52 more ballots have turned up than in either of the earlier machine counts.How'd that happen? Nobody's quite sure. They were apparently absentee ballots,…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2004

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2004

FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2004

This hurts, but keeps us humble...

Much as we hate to, we have to bow to a Seattle Times' scoop this morning: Christine Gregoire, 42 votes behind in the governor's race after a count and a recount, told the Times' David Postman that if Democrats can't raise enough money to pay…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2004

TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2004

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2004

TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2004

THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2004

Or maybe Tom Waits...

At the Democrats' Election Night party in Seattle, the music consisted of "recognizable jazz standards and patriotic songs with a jazz twist" -- Alexander's Ragtime Band, Amazing Grace, Camptown Races, The Caissons Go Rolling Along and, surprisingly, Dixie.(At the Republican Party, they were busy chanting…

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MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2004

Republicans, Democrats, and Craigs...

Bone, Boydston, Brown, Diamond, Gookin, Haines, Hughes, Judd, Moore and Warrick. Nope, not a law firm. Those are the 10 people who have declared themselves in Washington as write-in candidates for president.About half are Washingtonians. Lawson Mitchell Bone hails from Tennesee; Father J. Boydston from…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2004

Going man-to-man with a cardboard cutout of Elvis...

"I personally think he's a gutless weasel." --- Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, trying to goad Mark Ufkes into a debate. Ufkes, who works for Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, had reportedly offered an anytime-anywhere "smackdown" debate over Eyman's Initiative 892. The measure would allow businesses…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2004

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2004

MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2004

The ghost of Reagan...

"Dino, there you go again..." -Gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire, borrowing a debate line made famous during a Carter-Reagan debate in 1980. She was responding to candidate Dino Rossi's charges that she's done a poor job of defending the state against lawsuits.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2004


A Battle in Seattle, minus the tear gas...

Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi were apparently holding their fire for Seattle.Tuesday night's debate in Yakima was surprisingly mild-mannered, with few direct clashes. (Maybe it was the environment -- the Yakima Herald-Republic held the event inside the city's ornate Capitol Theater.)That changed Wednesday night, however,…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2004

Ouch...

"Listen, Vance -- the way things are going, we don't need to steal." -Washington Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Brost, gloating over GOP chairman Chris Vance after a series of recent Republican campaign setbacks. Vance alleges that a break-in and computer theft at Bush-Cheney re-election headquarters…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2004

TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2004

On the issues...

"We've talked about identity theft. We've talked about...uh, uh, uh...I'm so tired I can't remember. (turns to staffer) What's my other issue? Identify theft, predatory lending, prescription drugs...Oh, and domestic violence. Protecting women and children." Attorney General candidate Deborah Senn, exhausted on primary election night,…

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Speaking of tired candidates...

"There's a lot of thought right now about getting some rest. I'm exhausted from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet." -Ron Sims, who lost in the Democratic primary to gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire

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