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Eye On Olympia

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 Reichert, after chants of "Ron Paul! Ron Paul!" rolled through the crowd.

"We have to be united going forward, or Dino Rossi will not be the next governor of this state."
-Attorney General Rob McKenna, urging Republicans not to sit out this year's vote.

"We'll have the cleanest rolls, I think, that we've probably had in half a century."
-Secretary of State Sam Reed, on scrubbing thousands of invalid voters from registration lists.

Gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi vowed to "win again," blasted Gov. Chris Gregoire's "audacity of nope" and "can't-do attitute." He also vowed to shuffle state agency staff as governor, focusing on Olympia's customer service to citizens.

"It's been the same people down there, smoking each other's exhaust for a very long time," Rossi said.

Reports the S-R's Jim Camden from the convention floor:

One of the delegates walking around on the floor has a T-shirt that says "No Bloviating." He's about to be sorely disappointed.

Here's a link to Jim's blog.

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