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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2006

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2006

Real wine v. Cheerwine...

With the Seahawk-Panthers faceoff looming Sunday, Gov. Christine Gregoire on Thursday bet Washington's bounty against the best, we guess, that North Carolina has to offer.Gregoire's offer: Smoked salmon, potatoes, Yakima Valley cherries, Walla Walla wines and Wenatchee apples.N.C. Gov. Mike Easley's version, according to a…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2006

Welcome to Olympia...

Even in a town used to political showdowns, it's rare to see the kind of full-on shriek-a-thon that took place around 1 p.m. on the sidewalk near a local sub shop.Two middle-aged men were walking downtown after an annual anti-abortion rally at the capitol. One…

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But please, no caning...

State Rep. Glenn Anderson, R-Fall City, says he's found a great way to make Washington students competitive in math: steal a page from the best.Anderson's House Bill 2506 notes that in 2003, America ranked below "at least 10 other countries" in math scores by elementary…

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A peek through the curtain...

Years ago, we're told, state lawmakers and legislative staff would annually trek from Olympia and Puget Sound into the wilds of Eastern Washington for a days-long round of hearings and meetings.It's time to return to that, says Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup. Last year, he promised…

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2006

How'd you mark the day?

Gov. Christine Gregoire marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a discussion among her top staffers of King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." It was assigned reading for the governor's cabinet members, who were told to look for lessons of King's leadership in the famous…

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A big check for Olympia?

Making the point that many college students are graduating with vast amounts of debt, students from Washington State University on Monday planned to present lawmakers with a $7.5 million check. That's the total debt that WSU's Young Democrats came up with in a survey of…

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No rest for the lawmakers...

One of the quirks of state legislatures is that they tend not to notice holidays. Washington's constitution predates most modern holidays, so one the session clock starts in January, there's no stopping for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, or other days off.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2006

First bill out of the gate...

Moving with rare speed, the Legislature is rushing through a bill to steer $7.6 million more into home heating assistance for low-income families.The House of Representatives passed House Bill 2730 Wednesday morning, handing off the bill immediately to the Senate. Gov. Gregoire -- who has…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2006

And more bills...

-House Bill 2495, by Rep. Derek Kilmer: launching a toll-free "state government efficiency hotline."-House Joint Memorial 4025, by Rep. Larry Haler: Asking the feds to build a new nuclear power plant at the Hanford nuclear reservation.-Senate Bill 6265, by Sen. Ken Jacobsen: Requiring emergency workers,…

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2006

Paying the tab...

Three state troopers camped outside the doorway of the Secretary of State's office? What can it be?Yup, a Tim Eyman-versus-critics press conference. Eyman on Monday filed his as-yet-unnumbered initiative to cap vehicle registration fees at $30 a year, repeal anything above that and to base…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2006

Gingrich redux...

House and Senate Republicans on Thursday rolled out their 2006 "pledge to the people of Washington," as Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt called it.Printed on computer-generated parchment, the 11-point Republican Commitment to Washington calls for:-a tougher spending cap-reducing the number of procedures (like acupuncture and…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2006

Gov. McKenna? Not for now...

"I've already started my campaign for re-election as Attorney General, which is what I'll be doing in 2008." -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, asked whether he's ready to run for governor. McKenna spoke at a meeting of capitol reporters and editors in Olympia Tuesday.

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