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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2006

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 2006

TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2006

SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2006

Statement from West's family...

Jeff West, Jim West's nephew, provided this statement from the family:The world and the city of Spokane have just lost a great man. Many people have told us he was the best Spokane mayor ever. He dedicated his life to community service and positively impacted…

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FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006

TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2006

Jim West hospitalized...

Former Spokane Mayor and longtime state lawmaker Jim West is hospitalized in Seattle with serious complications from recent cancer surgery, West's attorney told the S-R's Jim Camden.Read more here.

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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2006

Listening Tour results...

Some data from Gov. Chris Gregoire's recent pulse-taking town-hall meeting in Spokane:What people thought was not working well in state government:-Unfriendly business climate-Too much money and attention spent on west side of state-Higher gas tax, "but roads on the east side are worse than ever"-License…

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THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2006

From arms-length to arm-in-arm...

Remember in January, when a Republican political group mailed out "SEX OFFENDER NOTIFICATION" postcards announcing that "This violent predator lives in your community"?As it turned out, the man pictured on the cards lived in Gig Harbor, not in Vancouver, Walla Walla or the other far-flung…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2006

MONDAY, JULY 3, 2006

Neo-Nazi group to demonstrate today...

A neo-Nazi group planning to rally on the steps of the state capitol today said Saturday that its members plan nothing more than a peaceful demonstration."We are not here to instigate any problems whatsoever. You have my word on that," said Nigel Fovargue, a Los…

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THURSDAY, JUNE 29, 2006

State boots 848 felons from voting rolls...

Even as the state battles in court over whether it can ban some felons from voting, it's booting other felons from the rolls.On Thursday, Secretary of State Sam Reed announced that Washington has cancelled the voter registrations of 848 felons."We are upholding the law," Reed…

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MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2006

Trooper on guard...

Okay, we'll write it first: There's a new Trooper on patrol at the governor's mansion in Olympia.Gov. Chris Gregoire and her family have a new shiba puppy to replace former First Dog "Franz", the family's longtime pomeranian. Franz was struck and killed by a car…

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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2006

Oh, that Vancouver...

In another bit of international diplomacy, Gov. Chris Gregoire and top staff are headed tonight to Victoria, British Columbia, for a dinner and day of meetings with BC Premier Gordon Campbell and his staff.On the agenda: border security, mutual aid in emergencies, public health and…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2006

President visits Seattle, stumps for Reichert...

President George Bush swooped into Seattle’s “Gold Coast” Friday, headlining a $1,000-a-person Republican fundraiser at an Internet millionaire’s mansion in the tiny city of Medina.“I’m excited and honored. He has had a really wonderful week,” said state GOP chairwoman Diane Tebelius, ticking off recent news,…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14, 2006

Taking a little bite of the Apple...

State insurance commissioner Mike Kreidler has fined Apple Computer, Inc. $100,000 for selling tens of thousands of service contracts in Washington without registering.Under a seven-year-old law, any company that sells a service contract -- a promise to repair or replace a computer, appliance or other…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2006

Judge throws out tax-limiting I-747...

Breaking: King County Judge Mary Roberts has just thrown out 2001's Initiative 747 as unconstitutional. The measure had imposed a 1 percent cap on property tax increases, unless voters approved more.The lawsuit was brought by environmental, welfare rights, citizens groups and Whitman County.Reached by phone,…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2006

TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2006

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2006

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2006

Update...

Tim Eyman says that, yes, he'll drop off petitions for Referendum 65 on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Secretary of State's office at 520 Union Street in Olympia. (CORRECTION: Eyman said he'd be "bringing down" petitions.)

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FRIDAY, MAY 26, 2006

The GOP's "big tent" shows some strains...

The very conservative "Reagan Wing" of the state GOP won't be setting up its booth at the Republican convention in Yakima this weekend after all.In a statement posted on his website and similar press release, blogger and Reagan Wing president Doug Parris blasts new state…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2006

TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006

Spam, spam, spam, spam...

Two California firms who allegedly "blanketed" computers at the Seattle School District and elsewhere in 2004 with junk e-mails have agreed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in settlements in the state's first lawsuit under the federal anti-spam act. A judgement in the case…

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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006

Moderates, swine or "Decepticons?"

Moderate Republicans, who met near Seattle last weekend, say they can offer two critical things – campaign help and electability – to a GOP bruised in both Washingtons."We have a special place in the political spectrum," said Alex Hays, executive director of the Mainstream Republicans…

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Times enters political blogosphere...

Seattle Times chief political reporter David Postman, who cut his blogging teeth with real-time dispatches from the Wenatchee election trial that decided the governor's race last year, has a new blog: Postman on Politics.Interestingly, Postman has largely unplugged from the print version of the paper…

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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2006

They go well with Dos Equis, we understand...

Oh, the geoduck, snorkeling in the muck with its long, um, snout. A state icon of sorts. The official mascot of The Evergreen State College. (College fight song: "Go, Geoduck, Go!" Really.)This week, government and company officials from Mexico's Baja Peninsula arrived in Olympia to…

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