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Eye On Olympia archive for Sept. 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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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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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


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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