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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2004

When will that be?

"When I am an old lady, I will still wear purple."-Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, wearing one of the trademark purple raincoats of the Service Employees' International Union, during a soggy rally Monday in Olympia. Kline was referring to the title of a popular women's book…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2004

Giving it the old college try...

When a Vancouver senator pushed through a bill to study adding a new state college in the area, a couple of Spokane lawmakers saw their chance.Brand-new Sen. Brian Murray and Senate Minority Leader Lisa Brown teamed up Friday to try to amend the bill, by…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2004


MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2004

Forgotten but not gone...

Every four years or so, the state Department of Revenue auctions off the contents of safe-deposit boxes abandoned at banks. (Under state law, the contents of the boxes are turned over to the state after five years of unpaid rent.)The next such auction will be…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2004

Echoes of a lost homeland...

A cramped Senate hearing room was witness to an odd scene Wednesday: old men in makeshift military uniforms, representing a nation that ceased to exist nearly 30 years ago. Girls in flowing Vietnamese ao dai dresses handed lawmakers yellow flags with three red stripes --…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2004

And don't touch that muffler, kid...

Prompted by a man whose ex-wife was schlepping their five-year-old son around on her motorcycle, Sen. Debbie Regala wants the state to require that kids be six years old -- or able to rest their feet on a bike's passenger foot pegs -- before riding…

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2004

When everything's a rice cake...

If you ever want to know where to eat in south Puget Sound, state Rep. Dennis Flannigan is your guy.Craving Norwegian crepes, slathered in butter? Try the Sons of Norway lodge in Tacoma. Great burgers? A hamburger stand in remote Elbe. Be it German desserts,…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2004

Home health aides edge closer to a contract...

Democrats and a few Republicans in the house on Wednesday approved a contract for state-paid home health aides. It would give the 26,000 workers a 50-cent hourly raise plus some benefits, and would cost $82 million over the next two years.House Republicans said the contract…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2004

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2004

Vetting the veterans...

Saying they're tired of street-corner panhandlers falsely claiming to be veterans, lawmakers in the Republican-controlled state Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill that makes it a crime to impersonate a veteran for personal gain.The penalty, under Substitute Senate Bill 5861, would be the same…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2004

Get that latte soon...

If you got a gift card for the holidays, check the back. Some gift cards expire after a year, or depreciate month by month if not used."If you wait too long, the card becomes an incredible disappearing act," said Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle. ``If you…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2004

Rally, counter-rally

Hundreds of people from throughout Washington gathered on the Capitol lawnTuesday to rally against abortion, drawing a counter-demonstration by abouttwo dozen pro-choice advocates.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 16, 2004

A opening shot across the bow...

The jockeying for Jim West's old Senate seat continues, even though West protege Brian Murray was awarded the seat by local Republicans and the Spokane County Commissioners.State Rep. Brad Benson, who, as the senior House of Representatives member in the district, normally would have been…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2004

TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2004

MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2004

FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2004

A Frito-free zone...

"We should not have our children going to school to learn how to become obese." Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who said she will introduce a bill to encourage local school districts to get rid of pop, chips and other junk food in schools.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2004

Washington tells Washington to pay its taxes...

The state of Washington has gone to court, trying to force the federal government to cough up a $6.8 million tax bill.According to Attorney General Christine Gregoire, the 21-year-old Nuclear Waste Policy Act requires the Department of Energy to pay the equivalent of state business…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2004

Traffic slows to a crawl (on the web)...

A record number of people looking for travel information turned to the Washington Department of Transportation's website Tuesday afternoon. Snowbound commuters turned to the site's highway web cameras, pass reports and weather information. By early afternoon, the department's computer gurus were predicting that web traffic…

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2004

Out of the gate early...

The Legislature won't convene until Jan. 12, but here are some of the things lawmakers are already proposing:-Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, prompted by recent allegations of sexual misconduct by coaches and teachers, said she'll again push to require school districts to provide information about sexual…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2003

Tim Eyman on the march...

Backing away from an earlier proposal to cut millions of dollars from the state's public-school system, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is instead launching an initiative to cut $550 million from local property taxes."It's a bigger tax reduction than the original proposal," Eyman said. "People are…

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