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Eye On Olympia

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009




Where's Waldo? In Iraq.

From the governor's office this a.m.:Gov. Chris Gregoire this week met with Washington Army National Guard troops in Iraq. The governor is visiting Iraq with a delegation including Governors John Corzine (D-NJ) and Rick Perry (R-TX). “In August, I had the honor of participating in…

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Second property tax initiative filed...

Homeowners unhappy with property taxes have filed a second citizen's intiative Monday, trying to virtually freeze tax valuations.Linda Courtney Cox of Chelan and Kenneth Sinibaldi, a doctor from Lopez Island, filed a measure today on behalf of Washington Voters for Fair Property Tax.For property bought…

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In search of the governor...

Gov. Chris Gregoire, who was supposed to be giving a pre-session talk to capitol reporters in Olympia tomorrow, is somewhere, but not here. She's cancelled, and is out of state. Her office won't say where.This, coming on the heels of Gregoire friend Bill Richardson bowing…

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State Rep. Bill Grant, D-Walla Walla. Photo from the WA House of Representatives. (The Spokesman-Review)

Bill Grant dead at 71...

State Rep. Bill Grant, who had been quietly battling lung cancer, has died.He was 71.Grant, D-Walla Walla, was a rare Eastern Washington Democrat in the statehouse, and late into the night, his raspy voice would call House Democrats into caucus meetings."Bill was one of a…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

THURSDAY, JAN. 1, 2009

But what the hell do lawmakers do, anyway?

Lots of meetings, apparently. Sixteen times a day. Here's the daily to-do list for Jan. 21st, posted by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown on her blog:9:00 a.m. Meet with Sen. Jim Kastama and Rep. Hans Dunshee to discuss their scholarship bill9:30 a.m. Meet with Sen.…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

Roundup:

Trying to get a weekend story done, so I'll let others do the talking:-Joe Turner, on why big tuition hikes at Washington's state colleges may be in the works,-Rich Nafziger, on why that would be a bad, bad idea,-Jim Camden, on how Peter Goldmark is…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

State Rep. Steve Hailey dead at 63

Rep. Steve Hailey, R-Mesa, died Sunday, about a year after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He would have turned 64 next month.A farmer and rancher from the Franklin County town of Mesa, Hailey was elected on his second try in 2006, narrowly beating fellow…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2008

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MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2008

SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

Living within your means...

As my son rejoices at the closure of school for the day, I am thinking about the people in the homeless shelters and using food banks, and the families who created the longest line ever for the Christmas Bureau sponsored annually by the Spokesman-Review. So…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

Governor's budget: What initiative?

Gov. Chris Gregoire's budget plan doesn't include the money to pay for an initiative approved by voters just last month. I-1029 -- like the governor herself -- was heavily supported by members of the Service Employees International Union. Here are the details, from the TNT's…

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