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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2008

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2008

Under the radar -- and on to a landslide...

Quick: who or what got the most votes on Washington's November ballot? Was it:a) Barack Obamab) Gov. Chris Gregoirec) Initiative 1029, requiring more paid training for home health aides, d) or Initiative 1000's assisted-suicide measure.Yup, C. In a year of fierce election battles, I-1029 got…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2008

TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2008


MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2008

Gregoire campaign: Why we won...

In a post-election memo to campaign staffers, Gov. Chris Gregoire's campaign manager, Kelly Evans, laid out some of the apparent reasons that 2004's narrow race between Gregoire and Republican challenger Dino Rossi went decisively for Gregoire this time."In both public and private polling, we saw…

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More on school reform recommendations...

Here's our print story on former state treasurer Dan Grimm's recommendations for school reforms, some of them pretty dramatic.From it:"The status quo will be vigorously defended," former state treasurer Dan Grimm writes in the new report. "The challenge before us is to resist the temptation…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2008

Grimm Report online...

The document has yet to be posted on the state's Basic Ed Task Force website, but has been posted by the Washington Policy Center here.Another helpful document is here, detailing the suggestions contained in other major recommendations to the task force.Here, the way, is the…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2008


State Rep. Barlow loses seat to challenger...

Two years after ousting an incumbent to claim a seat in the state House of Representatives, Rep. Don Barlow finds himself on the opposite end of the equation. After an expensive, close race, Barlow, D-Spokane, has lost to Republican challenger Kevin Parker.A second race in…

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Obama transition team: not Spokane's Lisa Brown, apparently...

David Goldstein's www.horsesass.org blog has an interesting rumor-control item posted.According to Goldstein, a transition-team list from President-elect Obama includes the name "Lisa Brown."Could that be Washington's Senate Majority Leader, Spokane's Lisa Brown? She's a liberal Democrat with plenty of political experience -- and was an…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2008

TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2008



McCain, in Arizona, concedes...

Speaking in Phoenix, John McCain has conceded that he's lost the election."These are difficult times for our country," McCain said, pledging his help to President Obama. He called on his supporters to offer Obama "our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come…

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Obama wins

I'll leave the national punditry to others as I focus on statewide races tonight, but...Barack Obama has been declared the nation's next president.

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2008

Rep. Larry Crouse: I'm not dead...

As the Spokesman-Review's Jim Camden reports, state Rep. Larry Crouse is still very much alive, despite a rumor to the contrary.A longtime local nursery owner, Larry Krause, passed away recently, Camden reports. The similarity in their names apparently spawned some confusion.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 1, 2008

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2008


Lowney releases deposition documents...

Attorney Knoll Lowney has released documentsregarding Rossi's relationship with the BIAW.Among them: One showing the BIAW quietly paying off his 2006 campaign legal debts ($235,000) in 2006. (Rossi was asked about this in the afternoon part of the deposition and said that this was the…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2008

This can't be good news...

The Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities today reported that...Wait. The title says it all: "STATE REVENUES PLUMMET, July-September Revenue Numbers Are Worst in Years."Of the 15 states for which current data was available, the liberal-learning group reports, nowhere was the drop steeper…

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008

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



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