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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2009

SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2009

From the notebook...

"At this very moment, we're not losing anybody, because where would you go?" -Attorney General Rob McKenna, telling a state salary commission that he'd like to pay his lawyers more, but that the recession has curtailed turnover for now."I've never been flipped off more times…

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From the bill pile...

...comes this one, one of several dozen from Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle:Senate Bill 5520: "An act relating to requiring agencies to provide truthful information to legislators."

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

What we're reading...

This story, from the New York Times, notes Great Britain's diversity of unintentionally naughty place names, starting with a matter-of-fact resident of Crapstone and moving on to, well, Butt Hole Road. The latter being a reference to a barrel, thank you very much.It's a great…

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Higher ed: Cut us and it'll cost ya...

Go to any budget committee in Olympia and it will quickly become apparent that the near-universal argument for anyone seeking state money is this: "Spend on this worthy program now. You'll save money down the road."At the moment, some of the bigger voices in this…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Brandland: add teachers to the state health plan...

Saying it would probably save money for schools, teachers and state government, Sen. Dale Brandland, R-Bellingham, wants to put school employees onto the state health plans.Schools would pay the same rate that state agencies do to cover their employees.As things stand now, Brandland says, schools…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009


Pine Lodge gets a reprieve, at least...

Officials at the state Department of Corrections are backing away, at least for now, from a plan to close the only women's prison east of the Cascades: Pine Lodge.S-R writer Lisa Leinberger has the story. From it: The Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women may…

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Supremes on public records...

Justice Debra Stephens writes the majority opinion this morning in a public records case out of the state Supreme Court. Rules for the requestor in a complex case. Justice Barbara Madsen dissented, saying the ruling would upset a delicate balance between penalties for violators and…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

Dairy Day takes on new meaning...

From former colleague Jim Hagengruber, now at the Christian Science Monitor:REYKJAVIK, Iceland – Protesters hurled dairy products and rage at their elected leaders here during increasingly violent demonstrations this week over the handling of the country’s collapsing economy.Parliament was suspended Wednesday and the prime minister’s…

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And none for judges either...

A push to give judges a 2 percent pay raise next year died, 6 votes to 8, so the salary commission is recommending no raises for any state elected officials for the next two years. Next up: hearings around the state. But with most state…

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Bowls of potatoes are offered for sale at the Liberty Lake Farmers Market Saturday.
 (Joe Barrentine / The Spokesman-Review)

Today: Potato Day

Today is Potato Day, a popular day, when growers descend on Olympia to hand out hundreds of baked potatoes to lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists and whoever else is around. Also popular: Dairy Day, which tends to involve free ice cream.

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Standing before thousands at an anti-abortion rally Monday at the state capitol, Rep. Matt Shea gestures at about a dozen counter-demonstrators standing on the steps of the state Supreme Court.  (Rich Roesler / The Spokesman-Review)

Large anti-abortion rally at capitol...

Forgot to post this before going home last night:More than 4,000 people crowded the Washington state Capitol steps Tuesday to decry abortion.“Let’s make sure the Supreme Court can hear all of us today,” newly elected state Rep. Matt Shea, R-Mead, said. He dismissed the dozen…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009


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



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