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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

For those keeping track at home

Washington Votes, a Web site that offers information about the Legislature, legislators and legislation -- as well as news and comments -- has a rather telling set of figures.There are three rolling counters. One for bills introduced, one for amendments introduced and one for new…

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

What Risch will be up to

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch got his subcommittee assignment today, and they seem to be pretty well matched with the state and the region.The freshman Republican even got a "power" post of sorts. He's the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Subcommittee. (And yes, that's an…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

A day off...from meters

This may be the only state named for a president, but President's Day is sort of a second-tier holiday. Banks are closed, many government offices are open, and some stores will try to capitalize on it by putting Washington or Lincoln's mug on their closeout…

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The power to tax is the power to...

Colleague Rich Roesler continues his reporting on one of the more unusual revenue generating proposals of the Legislature, a special tax on porn, in this Eye on Olympia post.As he notes, the idea isn't brand new. It was tried without success in 2004. So the…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009

Stimulus tally: WA 2 yeys; ID 2 nays

No big surprises locally on the Senate vote on the stimulus package. Or as Idaho Sen. Jim Risch calls it in his press release the "so-called stimulus package."Which probably tips people to the fact that Risch and fellow Idaho Republican Mike Crapo voted no.Sens. Patty…

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009

'One man's pork... another man's wise investment in the local infrastructure." -- Tom Foley, former House speaker.We are reminded of that quote in listening to President Obama's press conference, in which the prez said there are no earmarks in the economic stimulus package.PolitiFact says that ain't exactly…

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You cut the budget

Congress and the Legislature are spending most of their waking hours wrestling with the budget...and the general public is spending most of its waking hours criticizing what they've done (or not done) so far.Here are a couple of chances to show you could do a…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Today's videos: The debate rages

The Senate debate over the stimulus package continues.And so does the parody-ing of it.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cClusterf#@k to the Poor House - Economic Recovery PlanDaily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things With Demetri MartinFunny Political NewsJoke of the Day

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2009

Daschle drops out

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle is now also the former Housing and Human Services Secretary nominee.He withdrew his name, with White House approval, Tuesday morning. Read the AP story about it inside the blog...Coming later on Talking Points: What is it with these folks and…

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2009

La Senadora Patty

Patty Murray is the newest member of the Senate's Democratic Hispanic Task Force, which might surprise some folks who didn't know the senator is Hispanic.OK, she's not. But then, neither are 43 of the other 44 members of the task force. Or as we would…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2009

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2009

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2009

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Today's fun video

Post inaugural high-fiving (a bit dated, but it has a good beat, and, you know, you could dance to it, So I'd give it an 87.)HIGH-FIVE INAUGURATION! - watch more funny videos

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2009

Today's video: Sen. Oprah?

Governor-for-the-time-being Rod Blagojevich is everywhere today (except in Springfield where his impeachment trial is proceeding without him). His most extensive interview was probably on Good Morning America.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

How should we give politicians a raise

Many elected officials, from Washington, D.C., to Spokane, Wash., are getting a raise this year.The fact that they are getting more money in what might charitably be described as “hard times,” has some people angry. It’s also fodder for some pretty good satire, particularly on…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009


Break out the popcorn

Here's a chance to impress your date, courtesy of the City of Spokane. Councilman Richard Rush is hosting a film series, for free, at City Hall. And even a discussion afterwards to explore your impressions of the film. How deep can you get?One Friday a…

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