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Eye On Olympia

THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2005


FRIDAY, JAN. 7, 2005

Taking a breather...

"I think I'll stay away from politics and commentary for a while. I may be unreachable." -- Gov. Gary Locke, joking when reporters asked how to contact him once he leaves office. He said he intends to take a month or so off, then take…

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A familiar name arrives in the capitol...

Two campaigns for the state legislature couldn't quite do it, but it turns out that Spokane schools veteran Laurie Dolan is going to make it to Olympia after all.Gov.-Elect Christine Gregoire on Friday morning named Dolan director of the governor's Executive Policy Office. That means…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2005

Two elections, apparently...

It's now as if there were two elections for governor (not counts, of which there were three, but two actual elections).Here's what we mean: Democrats, Secretary of State Sam Reed and apparently most state auditors describe an election with a few minor errors, but no…

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2005

Their man in Olympia...

The Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired an Olympia veteran, Jim Hedrick, to be Spokane's voice in the capitol.Lobbying's not new for Hedrick, who was the "director of legislative affairs" -- essentially a lobbyist -- for the state's budget office. Chamber priorities this session…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2004

TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2004

All over but the shouting?

Maybe not. The state Republican Party has filed a massive public-records request with King County election officials. The party, it's attorney says, is concerned about possible "irregularities, errors or perhaps worse in the conduct of this election...So that we may begin gathering information to allow…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2004

And Spokane's in...

Spokane County just reported the results of its hand-count. Gregoire gained 8 votes, Rossi gained 15, and Bennett gained 3.So as the state waits for King County to report its results, Rossi has gained a net 8 votes more than Gregoire.

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Counting down...

With 37 of 39 counties reporting -- that's everyone but King and Spokane counties, here's how the recount has changed things so far:-Christine Gregoire's gained 553 more votes.-Dino Rossi's gained 554.(Libertarian Ruth Bennett picked up 31.)

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TUESDAY, DEC. 14, 2004

Supremes say `no' to the Democrats...

The state Supreme Court this morning unanimously rejected Democrats' appeal to reconsider thousands of ballots that had early been ruled invalid."No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 10, 2004

Grant County adds 52 more ballots...

Although Grant County hasn't reported its results yet -- and probably won't until Tuesday -- County Auditor Bill Varney says that 52 more ballots have turned up than in either of the earlier machine counts.How'd that happen? Nobody's quite sure. They were apparently absentee ballots,…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 9, 2004

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2004

FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2004

This hurts, but keeps us humble...

Much as we hate to, we have to bow to a Seattle Times' scoop this morning: Christine Gregoire, 42 votes behind in the governor's race after a count and a recount, told the Times' David Postman that if Democrats can't raise enough money to pay…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2004

TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2004

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2004

TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2004

THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2004

Or maybe Tom Waits...

At the Democrats' Election Night party in Seattle, the music consisted of "recognizable jazz standards and patriotic songs with a jazz twist" -- Alexander's Ragtime Band, Amazing Grace, Camptown Races, The Caissons Go Rolling Along and, surprisingly, Dixie.(At the Republican Party, they were busy chanting…

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MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2004

Republicans, Democrats, and Craigs...

Bone, Boydston, Brown, Diamond, Gookin, Haines, Hughes, Judd, Moore and Warrick. Nope, not a law firm. Those are the 10 people who have declared themselves in Washington as write-in candidates for president.About half are Washingtonians. Lawson Mitchell Bone hails from Tennesee; Father J. Boydston from…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2004

Going man-to-man with a cardboard cutout of Elvis...

"I personally think he's a gutless weasel." --- Initiative promoter Tim Eyman, trying to goad Mark Ufkes into a debate. Ufkes, who works for Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, had reportedly offered an anytime-anywhere "smackdown" debate over Eyman's Initiative 892. The measure would allow businesses…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 22, 2004

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2004

MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2004

The ghost of Reagan...

"Dino, there you go again..." -Gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire, borrowing a debate line made famous during a Carter-Reagan debate in 1980. She was responding to candidate Dino Rossi's charges that she's done a poor job of defending the state against lawsuits.

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