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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

Where's Waldo? In Iraq.

From the governor's office this a.m.:Gov. Chris Gregoire this week met with Washington Army National Guard troops in Iraq. The governor is visiting Iraq with a delegation including Governors John Corzine (D-NJ) and Rick Perry (R-TX). “In August, I had the honor of participating in…

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Second property tax initiative filed...

Homeowners unhappy with property taxes have filed a second citizen's intiative Monday, trying to virtually freeze tax valuations.Linda Courtney Cox of Chelan and Kenneth Sinibaldi, a doctor from Lopez Island, filed a measure today on behalf of Washington Voters for Fair Property Tax.For property bought…

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In search of the governor...

Gov. Chris Gregoire, who was supposed to be giving a pre-session talk to capitol reporters in Olympia tomorrow, is somewhere, but not here. She's cancelled, and is out of state. Her office won't say where.This, coming on the heels of Gregoire friend Bill Richardson bowing…

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State Rep. Bill Grant, D-Walla Walla. Photo from the WA House of Representatives. (The Spokesman-Review)

Bill Grant dead at 71...

State Rep. Bill Grant, who had been quietly battling lung cancer, has died.He was 71.Grant, D-Walla Walla, was a rare Eastern Washington Democrat in the statehouse, and late into the night, his raspy voice would call House Democrats into caucus meetings."Bill was one of a…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

But what the hell do lawmakers do, anyway?

Lots of meetings, apparently. Sixteen times a day. Here's the daily to-do list for Jan. 21st, posted by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown on her blog:9:00 a.m. Meet with Sen. Jim Kastama and Rep. Hans Dunshee to discuss their scholarship bill9:30 a.m. Meet with Sen.…

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