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Eye On Olympia

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

Election time...let's see who's filed... 

No, not Lisa Brown yet for governor. Locally, however, there's already some interest in city council seats. A quick run through Public Disclosure Commission files shows that:Tom Towey is running for a Spokane Valley city council seat. Towey's a Spokane Valley planning commission member, longtime…

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THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2009

Yay, another mention in Forbes...oh, wait... 

And Forbes magazine, apparently unimpressed with the official "Near nature, near perfect" city slogan in Spokane, today pronounced the Lilac City the "Scam Capital of America." From writer William Barrett's story:Welcome to Spokane, Wash., a metropolitan object lesson in what can befall the unwary when…

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How's your school stack up?

The conservative Evergreen Freedom Foundation, with research from Canadian foundation, has compiled a "report card" on academics at more than a thousand schools across the state.Here's a link to the site.And here's a story by our Jody Lawrence Turner, with reaction from the state teacher's…

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No special session...

May 7, 2009 Statement from House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown regarding special session: “After a conversation today between Gov. Gregoire, Speaker Chopp and Majority Leader Brown, the three leaders decided against a special session.” “The few issues left on the…

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More of what we're reading...

Yet more, um, aggregation this morning: Senate Democrats' senior staff director Rich Nafziger, writing on his personal blog, offers a session overview:The real shock was the extent to which the session hit the friends and allies of the legislative democrats...The Governor and the legislature abandoned…

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What we're reading...

More catching up (and thank God for tabbed browsing):-Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, after a drubbing during election season from The Stranger, continues to get no love from Seattle. Writes Horsesass.org founder David Goldstein:To those fondly speculating about Gov. Chris Gregoire being on the list of…

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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

 (The Spokesman-Review)

Anti-"everything but marriage" measure filed...

As expected, Washington Values Alliance president Larry Stickney this afternoon filed a ballot measure to overturn Senate Bill 5688, which grants state-registered domestic partners most of the rights of married spouses. More than 5,000 couples have registered in the past two years, including many same-sex…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

Winners and losers this session...

From my weekly print column:It always astounds me how quickly the state capital becomes a ghost town when a legislative session ends.On Sunday, lobbyists were still swarming the Senate and House doors. Lawmakers rushed toward midnight in a mad scramble of last-minute deals, deadlocks and…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009



TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

Special session: details being ironed out...

From this morning's paper:OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday she intends to call Washington lawmakers back into a special session to finish budget-related bills left undone when midnight struck Sunday night, ending the 105-day legislative session.But the governor said she first wants wrung-out lawmakers…

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

Special session: yes, says governor...

Gov. Chris Gregoire said she intends to call a special session, but wants to talk to lawmakers first.She said she hopes the session is soon -- not waiting for the June revenue forecast, for example -- short, and limited in scope. She wants to hash…

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Special session: Make that "Maybe"....

Gov. Gregoire’s statement on legislative session OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire released the following statement tonight on calling a special session of the 2009 Washington Legislature: “The 2009 legislative session completed the most difficult regular session in a generation with a balanced budget, very significant…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009


Logjam breaking?

Maybe. From lawmakers: "I think the stakes go up for everybody in the next few few hours, particularly for leadership, which does not want to be embarassed" and forced into a special legislative session. -Sen. Chris Marr, D-Spokane "There is the glimmering of a deal."…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009

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