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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2007

TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2007

New Chief Clerk of the House...

House Speaker Frank Chopp has chosen policy director Barbara Baker as the new chief clerk of the House.Baker replaces Rich Nafziger, who's moving over to the Senate, where he'll be chief of staff for the Democratic caucus.Baker has worked for the House since 1996, serving…

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2007

FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2007

THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2007



What Bush's SCHIP veto means to state coffers...

President Bush's veto of a bill expanding children's health insurance means that Washington loses $28 million it had hoped to put toward children's health coverage over the next year, according to Jim Stevenson, a spokesman for the state's Medicaid program. But unlike in some states,…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3, 2007

Career job site takes a break...

As Adam Wilson notes at his blog, the online application system on the state-run www.careers.wa.gov website has been disabled for a week while Department of Personnel staff apparently work hard to update it.Notice: Our online job application is currently unavailable while we make improvements. the…

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Earmarks, get your earmarks here...

The federal Office of Management and Budget has created this interesting website to track earmarks in budget legislation. Earmarks, depending on whether you're getting one, are either critical local infrastructure projects or shameless political pork.A simple search for, yes, "Spokane" turns up ten earmarks, mostly…

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2007

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2007

Where is she now...

Puget Sound talk-radio-monitor Blatherwatch -- Slogan: "Listening to talk radio so you don't have to." -- notes that former 9th District Democratic candidate for a state House seat Caitlin Ross will be filling in for a couple of days on her dad's talk-radio show in…

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Of serial killers and a death sentence...

Washington's highest court yesterday upheld Spokane serial killer Robert Lee Yates Jr.'s death sentence for killing two women in Pierce County, as I wrote yesterday.Writing for the 8-1 majority, Justice Susan Owens addressed one of Yates' key arguments: that it's unfair for him to get…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2007



FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2007

Also leaving: Gov's spokeswoman...

Holly Armstrong, for the past two years Gov. Chris Gregoire's top spokeswoman, will leave in November."It was a very difficult (if not gut-wrenching) decision, but, ultimately, the best one for me," she wrote in an email to staffers and capitol reporters this morning.Armstrong said she's…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2007

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2007

Washingtonvotes.org is hiring...

The business-backed Washingtonvotes.org website, a more reader-friendly site re: legislative stuff than the state's official one, is adding staff.Ad is here.(Re: "business-backed," I stand corrected by the site's John Barnes: "As a separate entity within Washington Policy Center, it’s funded entirely by individual contributions and…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2007


MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2007

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2007

State Democratic chair: Vote for R-67

Washington State Democrats chairman Dwight Pelz is urging party supporters to approve Referendum 67, this November's ballot face-off over insurance."Voters will finally have the opportunity to hold the insurance industry accountable," Pelz wrote in an email sent out Thursday. "...As Democrats, we must stand together…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2007


Rossi video: Similarities to 2004 stump speeches...

Now, back to work.Democrats continue to pre-emptively pummel Republican maybe-gubernatorial-candidate-by-the-end-of-the-year Dino Rossi for what they say is a stealth campaign: the public meetings and speeches his foundation organizes.Here's a YouTube video looking at the similarities between Rossi's 2004 campaign statements and what he's saying now:

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