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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2008

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2008

E WA does its part...

And Eastern Washington continues to do its share to field longshot candidates this year.we've got local candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and secretary of state, along with a healthy crop of folks vying for one of those small brown desks on the House and Senate…

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No opponents yet for five local lawmakers...

It's now the next-to-last day to register as a candidate for election this year, and according to the Secretary of State's website, five Spokane-area state lawmakers face no opposition so far:-Rep. Alex Wood, D-Spokane,-Rep. John Ahern, R-Spokane,-Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda,-Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,-Rep. Steve Hailey,…

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More on new 9th District candidate...

Heard back from Tyana Kelley, a Pullman Democrat running for the seat now held by state Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax.A 2002 Whitworth graduate, Kelley says she grew up in Spokane as part of a family with deep roots working for the once-mighty Kaiser Aluminum."I don't…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4, 2008


And Dunn picks up a GOP opponent..

State Rep. Jim Dunn, R-Vancouver, known for his coiffure, girth and Louisiana-drawl-inflected floor speeches, has a Republican challenger in the primary.Vancouver's Joseph James, a dog trainer, clothing company owner, and owner of "Dog Adventure Camp" is challenging Dunn. (The website just went down as I…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 3, 2008


MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2008

Surprises from Monday, the start of Filing Week...

-Spokane Libertarian John Beck and Spokane retiree Barbara Lampert filed to challenge McMorris Rodgers. Lampert is one of at least two Democrats seeking to oust the former state House minority leader.-John Moyna, a night janitor running against Senate Majority Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, was one of…

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And they're off...

I took a new camera over to the Secretary of State's office in the capitol this morning, putting on a wide lens so I could better capture the long line of politicians filing for office on the first day of Filing Week.But there was no…

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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008



GOP convention...

From this morning's crop of speeches:"We are the only group that Christine Gregoire can't unionize."-Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers"The purpose of this assembly is to bring people together" to unite behind GOP principles. "Everybody in this room, you're all Republicans. You are family. Come together."-Congressman Dave…

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008

Let the filing begin...

Next week marks the start of filing week, when candidates put cash down (1 percent of the elected position's annual salary) and throw themselves into the political ring.Many candidates, of course, declared months (or in some cases, years) ago. And political reporters tend to use…

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

More on the PDC...

Also, the group is debating what to do about a longstanding requirement that political candidates note their party on campaign ads.After all, in the state's soon-to-be-tried-for-the-first-time Top Two Primary, you're just expressing a "party preference." And party is irrelevant in the primary: the top two…

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Spokane diocese on I-1000...

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is one of those taking sides in the assisted suicide measure that proponents are trying to get on the ballot this year.In a recent letter to parishioners, Spokane Bishop William Skylstad urged church members not to sign the petitions to…

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

Don't ask, don't tell case...

More from this morning's paper:OLYMPIA - The military cannot automatically discharge people because they’re gay, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in a case involving an Air Force nurse from Spokane.A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived Maj. Margaret Witt's…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008


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



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