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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2006

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2006

NASCAR making another lap...

Proponents of the Northwest's first NASCAR race track faced a decidedly lukewarm reception from the Legislature earlier this year. Even with the prospect of Superbowl-sized tourist draw, statehouse budget writers made it clear that they weren't inclined to shell out tens of millions of dollars…

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MONDAY, MAY 15, 2006

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 2006

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2006

Old Swan gin, opium dens and Tacoma gas...

The Washington State Library has posted copies of an 1880s Spokane newspaper on its growing "Historical Newspapers Online Project" website.Three years of issues of the Spokane Falls Review, a four-page Saturday weekly which debuted in 1883, can be viewed along with other territorial newspapers at…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2006

Senate Republican to step down...

State Sen. Bill Finkbeiner, R-Kirkland, said Thursday that he won't run for re-election this fall. "At this time, my family and I have agreed that the time is right to step aside and give someone else an opportunity to represent the district as senator while…

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MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2006

Mexican president may visit next month...

Less than a week after Chinese President Hu Jintao's two-day stopover, Gov. Christine Gregoire said Monday that Mexican President Vicente Fox may visit the state soon."Right now, every indication is he'll be here towards the end of May," Gregoire said, adding that she will know…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2006

TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 2006

Photos from VP Dick Cheney visit to Everett Monday...

Photos by Richard Roesler, copyright The Spokesman-Review 2006Vice President Dick Cheney showed up in Everett Monday to stump for a Republican congressional candidate.Much of his 16-minute speech, however, was devoted to defending administration policy on the Iraq conflict and government surveillance.Outside the Holiday Inn hotel…

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Oh, that Reed...

More than half a century ago, after floods inundated their home, William and Myrta Reed fled their island home near Washougal.It must have been a heartbreaking decision. The couple had moved there after migrating west from their family home in Parkerbury, Iowa. They'd raised four…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2006

New(ish) poll...

Numbers from latest Strategic Vision Poll: 800 likely voters, surveyed March 24-26, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points:Gov. Chris Gregoire's job performance: -Approve: 39 percent.-Disapprove: 52 percent.State Legislature's job performance:-Approve: 42 percent.-Disapprove: 47 percent.President George Bush's job performance:-Approve: 32 percent.-Disapprove: 58 percent.President's…

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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2006

State to appeal felon-voting decision...

Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna said Wednesday that the sate will appeal a recent King County Superior Court ruling allowing voting by felons who've served their prison time and probation but still have unpaid fines or other court debts. (See…

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MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006

Cancer strikes Yakima lawmaker...

Rep. Mary Skinner, R-Yakima, was diagnosed with colon cancer on Friday, her office announced today. She's slated for surgery on Thursday at a Yakima hospital. Intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments will follow in April.In a statement, Skinner said she hopes to be back at work…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2006

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2006

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2006

Teachers union wins Supreme Court case...

The state Supreme Court this morning upheld the Washington Education Association in a five-year-old case over whether the union was improperly using non-members' fees for politics.In a 6-3 ruling, the court ruled unconstitutional a state law banning unions from spending non-members' fees on politics.The majority…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2006

2006 Legislative session, by the numbers...

It was a short session this year, but it didn't act like one.Lawmakers proposed, debated, then killed or passed 2,640 bills this session, including a broad array of big-issues items: dozens of sex offender bills, three budgets, a massive Columbia River water storage program, etc.As…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2006

Bizarre ending to Senate's year...

What a weird way to end things.On Wednesday night, lawmakers in the normally fractious House of Representatives were pouring on the bipartisan, obviously heartfelt praise for retiring Rep. Don Cox, R-Colfax.In the normally collegial Senate, however, the year ended on a bitter note. According to…

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Snow falling on solons...

Perhaps it was a sign from God for lawmakers to get the hell out of town -- or, for those who have to brave the mountain passes to get home, an attempt to try to keep them in Olympia.Either way, shortly after the gavel fell…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006

A nailbiter of a bill nears the finish line...

Late Tuesday night, the state Senate approved a slightly-toughened version of Rep. John Ahern's felony DUI bill. This bill, which has been repeatedly on the verge of failing, only to be revived by an unlikely alliance of House Democrats and House and Senate Republicans, now…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006

Budget compromise: a first look...

The House and Senate today inked a budget compromise that includes millions of dollars for local programs and projects.Among them:-$10 million for Washington State University to start construction on a $63 million new bioscience lab complex in Pullman.-$2 million for repairs to Avista Stadium.-$2 million…

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Speaking of which...

The Senate later this morning is expected to pass Sen. Lisa Brown's still-unnumbered resolution "recognizing the talent and hard work of the Gonzaga University Bulldogs men's basketball coaches and players."A sampling:"Whereas, Gonzaga University's basketball bans are the self-proclaimed `Zag Nation,' and the Bulldogs keep giving…

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Dollars versus a potential voter veto...

It must have pained some fiscal conservatives, but Republican leaders last night argued against a provision that would add an estimated $10 million more to state coffers without additional taxes or fees on anyone.At issue was Senate Bill 6896, which sets up a series of…

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