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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2004


A Battle in Seattle, minus the tear gas...

Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi were apparently holding their fire for Seattle.Tuesday night's debate in Yakima was surprisingly mild-mannered, with few direct clashes. (Maybe it was the environment -- the Yakima Herald-Republic held the event inside the city's ornate Capitol Theater.)That changed Wednesday night, however,…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 8, 2004

Ouch...

"Listen, Vance -- the way things are going, we don't need to steal." -Washington Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Brost, gloating over GOP chairman Chris Vance after a series of recent Republican campaign setbacks. Vance alleges that a break-in and computer theft at Bush-Cheney re-election headquarters…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2004

TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2004

On the issues...

"We've talked about identity theft. We've talked about...uh, uh, uh...I'm so tired I can't remember. (turns to staffer) What's my other issue? Identify theft, predatory lending, prescription drugs...Oh, and domestic violence. Protecting women and children." Attorney General candidate Deborah Senn, exhausted on primary election night,…

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Speaking of tired candidates...

"There's a lot of thought right now about getting some rest. I'm exhausted from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet." -Ron Sims, who lost in the Democratic primary to gubernatorial candidate Christine Gregoire

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2004

As do we...

"I'm an advocate of orbital colonization...Although I was born in Minneapolis, Minn., I consider Spaceship Earth to be my home." - Libertarian candidate for governor Michael Nelson

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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2004

TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2004

On the road again...

Gov. Gary Locke leaves next week for another trade mission, this time to China and Vietnam. The 10-day trip is his fifth trade mission to Asia -- previous stops have included Japan (three times), China (twice) and Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He's also visited…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2004

The stuff you don't see in the paper...

"No interviews will be allowed in Building 2027 without prior permission...witnesses at the trial should not be interviewed...no other (legal) personnel...will be interviewed or asked for an interview until ALL action in the case, including any appeals, has concluded, and then only if they agree.…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2004

That'd be Mr. Sims...

"I'm from the old school. A real old school. If you don't respect me, you will rue the day. If you decide you will walk over me, I will roll over you." --Democratic candidate for governor Ron Sims

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The race for governor gets nasty...

"You know, I think I was told by my colleagues `Get ready for things that you couldn't anticipate. Never in my wildest dreams would I have ever anticipated anybody suggesting that I am a racist. Nothing could be further from the truth."--Attorney General Christine Gregoire,…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2004

State schools chief snubbed by teachers...again...

The political arm of the Washington Education Association, the state's 77,000-strong teachers' union, this week endorsed Judith Billings, the former Superintendent of Public Instruction who's challenging incumbent Terry Bergeson.Billings, who stepped down after two terms in 1997 to deal with her AIDS infection, jumped into…

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2004

When Spellcheck is your enemy...

"Capping a busy campaign Saturday, (George) Nethercutt and gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi road the Nether-copper to the King County GOP Picnic in Bothell." -- The opening sentence in a press release Monday from U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt's campaign. They meant -- we think -- that…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2004

Pardon?

"The message is clear and we believe it will resonate well with voters. The woman who plays Lady Liberty, the elephant, and the donkey all met our expectations." Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, describing a series of state TV ads explaining the state's new…

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FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2004

Bed-wetters...

Today we'll take a short respite from political stuff to briefly note the general wailing, rending of garments and gnashing of teeth in Puget Sound over the fact that, gasp, for the next couple of days, temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s! "If…

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2004

A treat for political junkies...

Here's an online cartoon that's been circulating widely among politicos for the past week. It lampoons both Bush and Kerry. Make sure you have the volume up -- the lyrics, sung to the tune of "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land"…

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2004


L'etat, c'est moi (Part 2)...

"Gov. Locke, we were here when you came. By God, we're going to be here when you go. In fact, you're going to leave and nobody's going to miss you. But if we leave, everyone's going to miss us. This state wouldn't run without us."…

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Shopping with the Gov...

"Stay. And of course go to the Nordstrom Annual Sale." Gov. Gary Locke, in full booster mode, welcoming the nation's governors to this past weekend's National Governors' Association conference in Seattle. The governor also took pains to point out that Seattle last summer had something…

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TUESDAY, JULY 13, 2004

Primary colors...

In two months, Washingtonians will do something they haven't done since the mid-1930s -- vote from among just one party's candidates in the primary. The courts have thrown out Washington's "blanket primary," which allowed people to pick among Democrats, say, for one position and Republicans…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2004

Another White House veteran pays a visit...

If nothing else, the U.S. Senate race between George Nethercutt and incumbent Patty Murray is bringing in a steady flock of big-name boosters.Last week, President George Bush had a dinner fundraiser in Spokane for Nethercutt. Next week, former First Lady Hilary Rodham Clinton will have…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 2004

Lesson learned...

All the recent talk about Ronald Reagan's optimism was apparently not lost on the Bush campaign, which on Tuesday issued a "statement regarding John Kerry's pessimism."It said that Kerry's unfairly talking down America's growing economy.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2004

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2004

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