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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2006

FRIDAY, SEPT. 29, 2006

Re: watchdogs and sheep...

Washington's campaign-finance watchdog is growling about the more than $2 million in independent advertising that poured into the recent primary election.Independent expenditures – typically attack ads bankrolled by groups on their own, rather than by the candidate – nearly doubled every four years from 1994…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2006

MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2006

Notes from the Davenport...

The Senate's set up in the plush Davenport hotel, awash in ornate plasterwork, Syracuse china, gilt paint and big crystal chandeliers. Most of the 43 senators and slightly fewer staffers are staying at the Davenport, where the state negotiated a rate of $99 a night.…

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Fox: Thx...

Downtown Spokane's Fox Theater, an art-deco theater that's successfully lobbied for hundreds of thousands of dollars in state renovation cash, has a little message for the visiting state Senate.(Photo by S-R shooter Jed Conklin.)

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 21, 2006

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2006

Builders' response: "bogus" complaint is a "smokescreen"...

After a liberal-backed group complained to the state's campaign finance watchdog that the conservative Building Industry Association of Washington (among others) were breaking campaign laws, the builders say there's nothing to complain about.So how'd they get that up-close video of a beaming, sign-holding, earnestly-conversing John…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2006

TUESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2006

High court hardball in the Alexander/Groen race...

If you're tracking the state Supreme Court races, keep hitting "refresh" on the state's campaign-finance website. In what was already a record-setting year for spending on high court races in Washington, nearly $600,000 has been spent by independent groups since Thursday. The most surprising development…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 8, 2006

THURSDAY, SEPT. 7, 2006

Eyman: 0 for 2 this year...

Just months after the highly publicized failure of his Referendum 65 (which could have vetoed a new gay-rights law), Tim Eyman got more bad news Thursday.His Initiative 917, which would have undone new vehicle-weight fees and other transportation-related taxes, is dead in the water."It's over,"…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 5, 2006

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2006

McGavick's DUI report...

The Everett Herald's political reporter, Jerry Cornfield, has obtained the 1993 DUI arrest report for GOP Senate candidate Mike McGavick. McGavick's campaign had little to say in this morning's story in The Herald, but here's the document that it's based on. .

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30, 2006

TUESDAY, AUG. 29, 2006

FRIDAY, AUG. 25, 2006

THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2006

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa...

Republican Senate candidate Mike McGavick has posted an "open letter" on his campaign website, apparently to pre-empt reporters or opposition researchers from seizing on past transgressions.It starts out:What’s wrong with politics today? The candidates and the incumbents spend their time attacking each other’s personal character…

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MONDAY, AUG. 21, 2006

Smoking ban: drinking down, eating up...

Although cautioning that "three months of data (is) insufficient to draw conclusions," the state Department of Revenue says that sales by bars and taverns dipped during the first three months after the new state smoking ban took effect.Gross business income reported by taverns and bars…

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It's as if Tim Eyman moved to Idaho...

Washington initiative pitchman Tim Eyman's sole surviving ballot measure may be on life-support at this point*, but his peers in other states have been busy this year. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 59 citizen initiatives are on state ballots across…

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A phone book's worth of ideas...

The business-backed Washington Policy Center, the same group that puts together Washingtonvotes.org, has issued a 300-page "Policy Guide" for the state. The recommendations -- on taxes, health care, energy, etc. -- will find a lot more favor with Republicans than with the Democrats who control…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9, 2006

Chief Justice questioned about ruling...

Gerry Alexander, the 70-year-old chief justice of the state Supreme Court, happened to have the bad luck to schedule his campaign endorsement interview with Seattle newspaper The Stranger on the day after the high court -- including Alexander -- narrowly upheld the state ban on…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 2, 2006

The fight for Justice...

"It's a bees' nest. I didn't know it would be...There's PAC money involved, and allegations of skullduggery." ---Norman Ericson, a veteran administrative law judge in Olympia who picked this interesting year to throw his hat into a five-way race for a state Supreme Court seat.Want…

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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006


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