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Eye On Olympia

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Republican reaction to Gregoire...

Mixed reviews from the GOP side of the aisle to Gov. Chris Gregoire's call for an economic stimulus plan, government reform and other changes this year:"This is a financial wreck that she spent four years creating, and then to be shocked when it comes due…

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Stuff we're reading...

From Joshua Green's profile in The Atlantic of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer:He attributes his success these past four years to a small but critical insight into the nature of the American middle class: namely, that it is more affluent and doesn’t want the same…

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Gregoire calls for courage, jobs and reform

Calling it “our time to show courage,” Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday urged lawmakers to back her plan to create 20,000 new jobs, boost unemployment benefits, and use the economic crisis to forge a more nimble state government.“When this recession ends, and it will end,…

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Senate Democrats plan...

From the print paper:OLYMPIA – Trying to spark job growth, Democrats in Washington’s state Senate on Tuesday proposed a “middle-class jobs package” focused on retraining, environmental jobs and building infrastructure such as statewide high-speed Internet access.“We believe our first job is about jobs,” said Senate…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

Deep boring and big money... 

This is more of a Seattle topic, but since everybody's going to be paying for it:After years of chin-pulling and line-in-the-sand drawing, the governor, King County executive, Seattle's mayor and the CEO of the Port of Seattle have agreed to replace Seattle's aging Alaskan Way…

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MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

Catching up...

From the print paper:Each January, by tradition, Washington’s top lawmakers choose theme songs for the upcoming session. Most are lighthearted.Speaking to reporters last week, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown read from a Bob Dylan song.“Broken hands on broken plows, broken treaties, broken vows,” she read.…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009




Boeing to shed 4,500 jobs 

Boeing says that it's Commercial Airplanes workforce will shrink by about 4,500 jobs in 2009 "as part of an effort to ensure competitiveness and control costs in the face of a weakening global economy."The cuts, according to the company, will bring employment at its Commercial…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009


The return of Don Cox?

Former state Rep. Don Cox, a Republican from Colfax, may be headed back to the statehouse.Cox, 69, who stepped down two years ago in order to spend more time with his family, is local GOP officials' top pick of three replacements for late state Rep.…

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Storm update...

From the governor's office, where Lt. Gov. Brad Owen is filling in for Gov. Chris Gregoire, who's headed back from a troop visit in Iraq.Heavy rains pounded much of Western Washington Wednesday through early Thursday, with most rivers flooding, many at record or near-record levels.…

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Tech note...

Ahh, so that's where everyone went. We've updated our RSS feed, which wasn't redirected in a recent redesign. Sorry for the confusion. You shouldn't need to change anything.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009



I-5 may be closed soon north of Tacoma

State emergency officials say that they may have to close Interstate 5, the main north-south freeway linking Western Washington, "within the next few hours.""There is potential for the freeway to be closed prior to the conclusion of this afternoon's rush hour," said a statement from…

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The aging of the presidents...

There's a certain Baby New Year element to most presidential inaugurations: a vibrant, rested and ready candidate takes the oath of office, settles in at the White House and then, judging from the way they look, the weight of the world quickly settles on them.…

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