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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

MONDAY, JAN. 19, 2009

Dorn opens with tough talk to lawmakers...

Newly elected state superintendent of public instruction Randy Dorn threw down the gauntlet on school funding Monday in his inaugural appearance before the state Senate education committee.Money for schools must come first, Dorn told them:"We've really never matched up the standards and how you fund…

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 (Rich Roesler / The Spokesman-Review)

Anti-poverty groups rally at capitol...

About 300 people from anti-poverty groups and other organizations held a rally on the capitol steps Monday afternoon. They called for restrictions on payday lending, more health care, and preservation of the General Assistance to the Unemployable program, which provides health coverage and monthly stipends…

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New Washington political website... 

From the folks who brought you Horse's Ass, it's "Publicola, the Washington news elixir."From HA founder David Goldstein:"The sudden collapse of our local news industry and the resulting mass exodus of political reporters is a bitter pill to swallow for those of us who believe…

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Don Cox returning to Olympia...

Former state Rep. Don Cox, who stepped down two years ago, is headed back to Olympia.County commissioners from the 9th Legislative District today chose Cox to replace Rep. Steve Hailey, who died Dec. 28th after a year-long battle with colon cancer.Cox, 69, was almost immediately…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 2009



A marmot takes a break – from mayhem, perhaps? – in Riverfront Park. 
 (Rajah Bose / The Spokesman-Review)

Behold the gentle marmot... 

Speaking of Jacobsen's bills, he's also back with a proposal to declare the Olympic marmot the official "state endemic mammal."The bill describes the creatures in language similar to how my onetime neighbors in Coeur d'Alene used to describe Californians: Olympic marmots hibernate from September to…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2009


Dogs in bars is back...

Among Sen. Ken Jacobsen's 46 bills so far in this first week of the legislative session is Senate Bill 5192, Jacobsen's second attempt at changing state law to allow anyone to bring their dog into a bar.Under the proposal, owners of taverns, pubs, bars, etc.…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2009

Shades of "Escape from New York"...

State Rep. Al O'Brien, the lawmaker who brought up the pistol-bullet-registration bill referenced in the post below, also wants the state to look into whether it can implant chips into the bodies of sex offenders in order to track them.From House Bill 1142, which calls…

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McGann's gone...

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer's print edition disappears in two months, but it's capitol reporter is disappearing now. P-I writer Chris McGann has quit to take a job as communications director for newly elected state treasurer Jim McIntire.

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Gregoire economic stimulus plan: the details: 

Trying to kick-start the state's lagging economy, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday unveiled a $1.2 billion proposal that includes more than $90 million in buildings at Spokane-area colleges, repaving local highways, and $15 million more for the North Spokane Corridor.“We can quickly create thousands of…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Republican reaction to Gregoire...

Mixed reviews from the GOP side of the aisle to Gov. Chris Gregoire's call for an economic stimulus plan, government reform and other changes this year:"This is a financial wreck that she spent four years creating, and then to be shocked when it comes due…

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Stuff we're reading...

From Joshua Green's profile in The Atlantic of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer:He attributes his success these past four years to a small but critical insight into the nature of the American middle class: namely, that it is more affluent and doesn’t want the same…

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Gregoire calls for courage, jobs and reform

Calling it “our time to show courage,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday urged lawmakers to back her plan to create 20,000 new jobs, boost unemployment benefits, and use the economic crisis to forge a more nimble state government.“When this recession ends, and it will end,…

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