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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2006

FRIDAY, DEC. 22, 2006

TUESDAY, DEC. 19, 2006


MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2006

Get me rewrite...

This just in from state Rep.-elect Don Barlow, D-Spokane:"The 2007 Legislature will face serious challenges in any number of issue areas," Barlow is quoted as saying in his first official press release. "Many issues that will come before us will undergo a first round of…

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"You don't know Laurie Dolan. You should."

So begins a lengthy cover story on former Spokanite Laurie Dolan in the latest issue of Sitting Duck, a quirky, tabloid-format free newspaper in Olympia. The profile is the longest story in the newspaper. (The next-longest? A review of "Cannibal! The Musical.")Dolan, well-known in Spokane…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 14, 2006

FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2006

Shapley goes from the P-I to OSPI...

Thomas Shapley, Seattle Post-Intelligencer editorial writer (and one of the few newspaper editorialists to make the rounds regularly in Olympia) is moving to a PR job at the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.“My job is to help tell the story of public education,…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 5, 2006

Movin' on up...

Several Spokane-area lawmakers are moving up in leadership slots:-In a rare jump-start, incoming Sen. Chris Marr, D-Spokane, will be one of two vice-chairmen on the state Transportation Committee. (Although this isn't Marr's first Olympia rodeo: he's the former chairman of the state Transportation Commission.)-Among Republican…

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MONDAY, NOV. 20, 2006

Must be some turkey...

From the Senate Democratic Caucus Committee website:Please join members of the House Democratic Caucus and Senate Democratic Caucus for a Winter Fundraising Reception featuring Rep. John Lovick's famous fried turkey feast. Suggested PAC contribution: $700. Suggested Individual Contribution: $100.

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And the Democrats'...

No surprises in the House leadership lineup for 2007:-House Speaker Frank Chopp*, D-Seattle-Majority Leader Lynn Kessler, D-Hoquiam-Caucus Chairman Bill Grant, D-Walla Walla-Majority Whip Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-Seattle-and Speaker pro-tem John Lovick*, D-Mill Creek.Chopp has been speaker (or, during three bizarre years of a legislative tie…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2006

Newest state senator: Brian Hatfield...

Weeks after Sen. Mark Doumit resigned to take a new job as executive director of the state Forest Protection Association, a former state representative has been named to the post.Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, was appointed Friday by commissioners for the four counties included in the 19th…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 2006

MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2006

Brown re-elected to top Senate post...

The state Senate Democratic caucus on Sunday re-elected Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, as Senate Majority Leader.Also re-elected: majority caucus chairwoman Harriet Spanel, D-Bellingham, and majority floor leader Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way.As for committee chairs, that's yet to be determined. Those plum assignments are set by the…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 2006

Razor-thin House races...

Yeah, all eyes are on the mighty-close Virginia race for U.S. Senate at this point. But look at some of the numbers we're seeing for seats in Washington's statehouse:In the 39th legislative district (which includes parts of King-, Skagit-, Snohomish- and Whatcom counties, Democrat Scott…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 2006

Big gains in state senate for Democrats...

The Democrats couldn't oust conservative Democrat Tim Sheldon, who periodically infuriates his caucus by voting with Republicans on key issues. Sheldon beat a party-backed challenger in the primary, and won against a Republican tonight by a landslide.But Sheldon's swing-voter clout may have washed away in…

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MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2006

Benson on condoms...

Seattle's The Stranger newspaper obtained and posted to YouTube a video clip of state Sen. Brad Benson speaking to some group.In the short clip, Benson makes an astonishing claim: that condoms provided by Planned Parenthood have an 80 percent failure rate."You know which one worked…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1, 2006

New poll data...

A new random-number telephone poll compiled by University of Washington researchers suggests that the state's voters will say:-yes to incumbents Sen. Maria Cantwell and Supreme Court Justice Susan Owens, although Owens' lead over challenger Stephen Johnson is fairly slim (7 percent), given the margin of…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 31, 2006

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2006

Most devastating Washington campaign ad of the year?

A new website, authored by someone hiding behind a domain registration company's privacy service, points to Rep. Geoff Simpson's family-oriented campaign, particularly a recent family-oriented mailing, then compares it to the contents of Simpson's legal separation file.In an e-mail to us, Simpson, D-Kent, called the…

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A three-year-old vote is resurrected for an attack ad...

As the days count down to November's election, Washington's second-most-expensive state Senate race is turning more ferocious.Since Friday, Spokane residents have been opening their mailboxes to find large postcards that maintain that Sen. Brad Benson "voted to cover up sex crimes against our children."The mailer…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 2006

Shut out...

If you watched last night's mostly-staid "debate" in the Senate race, you saw three candidates. But it turns out that a fourth was there, if only briefly.While Sen. Maria Cantwell, GOP challenger Mike McGavick and Libertarian Bruce Guthrie staked out their positions in the KING-5…

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MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2006

Mailbox continues to trump ballot box...

In what even the state's top election official called a "stunning" statistic, 93 percent of Washingtonians who cast a ballot in last month's primary election voted by mail."Even in the counties maintaining polling locations, 82.8 percent of voters who participated in the primary cast their…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 2006

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



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