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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2007

MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2007

What's in the hopper so far...

With a month to go before lawmakers pack their cars and flock to Olympia, 2008 is already shaping up to be a busy legislative session.More than two dozen lawmakers already have proposed about 50 changes in state law, including a 10-cents-a-gallon carbon tax on gasoline,…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2007

TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2007

THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2007

Ethics board slaps Tri-Cities lawmaker with record fine...

After 27 interviews, at least four meetings and three investigative trips to the Tri-Cities, the state Legislative Ethics Board has imposed its largest-ever fine against state Rep. Shirley Hankins, R-Richland.Hankins repeatedly broke state law by using her legislative clout to promoting her daughter's tire-recycling business,…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2007

Meanwhile, on the steps of the capitol...

The Olympian's Adam Wilson reports that Tacoma truck driver Nick Bradford intends to burn the Mexican flag on the statehouse steps when the legislative session begins next month."Obviously the protest is intended to get the attention of the public, but also the politicians here, in…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2007

MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2007

THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2007

Eyman:

As lawmakers rush to reinstate his Initiative 747, ballot measure promoter Tim Eyman isn't exactly lavishing them with praise. In hearings today, he called lawmakers "amateurs", told Democrats "You've kind of sold out every principle you believe in," and exhorted them to broaden the bill…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2007

It'll be Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax...

Colfax businessman and farmer Joe Schmick, 49, will replace Rep. David Buri, R-Colfax in the state House of Representatives.County commissioners from Spokane, Whitman, Adams, Asotin, Franklin and Garfield counties voted Monday for Schmick out of a pool of candidates recommended by district Republican precinct committee…

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A ferry tale...

"In 1707, the British navy lost four warships and 2,000 lives in the Isles of Scilly. The first ship to hit the rocks was Admiral Shovell's. Three more ships full of sailors and soldiers followed the leader to their deaths."So begins what has to be…

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And now back to the horse race...

A new poll between the two presidential frontrunners suggests that Washington is a tossup in next year's election.The University of Washington's Washington Poll reports that an Oct. 22-28 poll of 601 registered voters (margin of error: =/- 4 points) found that 46 percent of the…

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An end to the meatloaf?

Catching up...Among the questions I'm frequently asked by visiting Eastern Washingtonians during the legislative session: "Where can we get something to eat?" (It's comes in third, after "Is parking always this hard to find?" and the inevitable "Do you have a bathroom?")Until now, the nearby…

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2007

Dunn: Not done...

Embattled Rep. Jim Dunn, stripped of his committee assignments and state travel money and publicly rebuked by his own caucus leader after an alleged "inappropriate" remark to a woman after a recent Tri-cities meeting, is vowing to run for re-election next year.Here's what Dunn had…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2007

WSU: Veep, schmeep...

S-R reporter Tom Clouse reports today that Washington State University was offered the chance to host the 2008 vice presidential debate in Spokane....And said no.WSU had been hitting up corporate donors to cover the $1.35 million cost of a presidential debate, in anticipation of "the…

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MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2007

Gregoire calls special session: Nov. 29th...

Saying that the state has no assurance that all local governments will comply with her request to keep their 2008 property-tax increases below the now-unconstitutional 1 percent limit, Gov. Chris Gregoire has called a one day special session "to deal solely with property taxes.""I believe…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2007

State economy: a little drizzle...

As Rep. Jim McIntire, D-Seattle, noted at the start of yesterday's revenue forecast, the economy looked like the Olympia weather outside: a little rainy.Chang Mook Sohn, the state's chief revenue forecaster, says that tax and other revenues are now likely to be $130 million lower…

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The leak-prone ship of state...

At Politico.com, writer Ryan Grim has a roundup of the types of leaks that political reporters tend to get, and why. A couple of examples:The Pre-emptive Leak: A corollary of the above, this is a strategy to disseminate damaging news extremely early in a campaign…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2007


TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2007

Simple majority is LEADING...

In a stunning turnaround from election night a week ago, late-arriving ballots, particularly from King County, now have HJR 4204 winning, at least for now. The numbers:YES: 722,031 NO: 716,998Numbers still coming in...Stay tuned...

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Simple majority gap is down to 649 votes...

Boy, this is starting to feel like 2004.New vote tallies are starting to roll in on HJR 4204, the constitutional amendment to allow passage of school tax levies by a simple majority, rather than the decades-old requirement of a 60 percent "supermajority."The amendment is still…

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