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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2008

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008



Supreme court news...

As ordained minister Virgil Montgomery describes it, the trip that landed him before the state's highest court began with a few errands.On a shopping trip to Spokane, the 60-year-old Newport man and a 63-year-old friend bought some matches for his woodstove. And some cough medicine.…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

Another lawmaker steps down...

Rep. Mary Skinner, R-Yakima, said today that she will not run for re-election this fall."After long and careful consideration and much prayer, I have decided not to seek an eighth term in office as state representative and will retire in January," she said in a…

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

The race for state schools chief...

From today's paper:SEATAC _ The opening-day convention crowd was a lively, thousand-strong mass of people. The ballroom swelled with cheers for door prizes, then faded to back-of-the-room chatting.In front of this crowd, Richard Semler rose. With little introduction, he painted a stark picture from his…

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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008


WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2008

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008



THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008

High court: sex offender wrongly committed...

In tomorrow's paper:In a ruling that could affect some other sex-offender cases, a sharply divided Washington Supreme Court on Thursday said that a Vancouver man was wrongly committed as a sexually violent predator.Several dissenters on the court agreed that there was a technical mistake in…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008

From the police report...

State Rep. Geoff Simpson, D-Covington, was arrested Sunday afternon on charges of fourth degree assault and interfering with reporting of domestic violence. He says -- see below -- that the charges are baseless and that he'll be exonerated.In essence, Simpson told the police that he…

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Washington, welcome to the spotlight...

From this morning's paper:If there’s any doubt that Washington’s about to be a national battleground in the fight over assisted suicide, just take a look at the checks.With months left to go before Election Day, Washington’s Initiative 1000 has drawn cash contributions from all 50…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008

About those Playboy magazines you never got

A now-defunct company that sold magazine subscriptions on the auction site eBay has agreed to refund thousands of dollars to Washingtonians who never got their publications.Cheapest-Magz, run by Wilmyr Dagohoy and Eireen Ejem-Dagohoy, has agreed to pay $15,000 in refunds, a fine and attorneys' fees.The…

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Eyman: Home a-loan...

OK, so that's a crappy headline. But in what is either a sign of desperation or a novel way to light a fire under campaign donors, initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he's taking out a $250,000 second mortgage on his Mukilteo home in order to…

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008

Connelly named to executive ethics board...

Gov. Chris Gregoire has appointed Spokane City Attorney Mike Connelly, a former legislative candidate and former Spokane city attorney, to the the state's executive ethics board. Connelly is also a former member (and chairman) of the state Public Disclosure Commission. His term on the ethics…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2008

Senate war chests for 2008 and beyond...

Running some things through the PDC database on a slow day shows that although it's still April, some state senators have racked up pretty good campaign war chests:At the top is Spokane's Lisa Brown, the Democratic Senate majority leader, with $131, 104. Brown has been…

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2008


Olympia's publicist laureate...

From a (tongue-in-cheek) post on Olyblog, a community blog in the capital city:Olympia. Olympia! Olympia is a land of puppies and rainbows and leprechauns where people spontaneously dance in circles in the street. No one ever dies and there are no unhappy people there. Olympia…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2008

Campaign finance violations cost Bob Apple $4,200...

The state Public Disclosure Commisson voted unanimously this afternoon to fine Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple the maximum possible $4,200 for failing to file campaign finance reports during his successful run for office last year.Here's a copy of the state's 58-page investigation report.In essence, the…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008

Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.



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