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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Rumor mill: Something big coming Tuesday

Gov. Chris Gregoire's office has an early announcement of something big -- they won't say what -- Tuesday morning.Early, as in possibly before 8 a.m.That means it's timed to something in another time zone, such as Eastern Standard Time, which is what the other Washington…

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Taking the initiative

Monday is the opening day of the initiative season in Washington (which lasts even longer than Baseball Season, because it goes from today until the general election.)There to throw out the first pitch, as expected, was Tim Eyman, with a tax limiting initiative.But Eyman wasn't…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2009

Tim Eyman: He's baaaackk (of course)

The following things are reliable indicators that a new year has begun: The big ball drops in Times Square. Several hundred brave but foolish souls dash into Lake Coeur d'Alene. Tim Eyman announces he's got a new intiative to file with the Secretary of State's…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008

A rare East Sider win

Peter Goldmark is a rarity in statewide politics, the Washington secretary of state's office confirmed today: An East Sider who won a statewide office.Now it's true that Goldmark did set up a residence in Seattle for the campaign, and did better in Western Washington counties…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 20, 2008

FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2008

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2008

Rep. Hailey resigning

Republican Steve Hailey of Mesa is resigning his 9th District House seat because cancer is leaving him unable to do the job.In a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire late last week, Hailey wrote his "health is such that I cannot represent the interests of my…

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Spokane Republicans pick new leaders

A stand-room-only crowd selected new leaders for the Spokane County Republican Party on Saturday.Cindy Zapotocky was elected county chairwoman, and Dave Stevens vice chairman.Curt Fackler, outgoing chairman, said the crowd was bigger than expected, and bigger than the county commissioners meeting room, which he'd booked…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2008

That was the week that was

Rod Blagojavich, the governor of Illinois was arrested, released on bail and back at his desk.Barack Obama, the former junior senator of Illinois, said he had no knowledge the governor was trying to sell his old job, and called for the gov to resign.President Bush…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2008

Shogan to public: Behave or be gone

City Council President Joe Shogan will enforce a new level of decorum at council meetings, starting Monday.Anyone caught dissing the mayor, the council, individual council members or the staff will be warned once, then shown the door. Shogan issued a new edict Thursday, a "No…

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Hastings GOP head of committee

Rep. Doc Hastings was named today the top Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee.The appointment represents the Tri-Cities Republican's return to a committee that has a fair amount to do with the Inland Northwest. Federal lands are part of the panel's purview, as is…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008

Today's video: from the Xmas war front

It was bound to happen. Someone would take video from the state Capitol, put it to Christmas music, and post it on YouTube.Here's something that just hit the Web today. (And we should note that colleague and Olympia Bureau Chief Rich Roesler can be seen…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008

You better watch out

Another sign that yuletide is nigh, just like carols in department store and Bill O'Reilly complaining about a war on Christmas.State officials are set to warn people to check out charities before they contribute.Secretary of State Sam Reed and Attorney General Rob McKenna will hold…

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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2008

Border Patrol horses to step lively

The Inland Northwest didn't really go for Barack Obama in the presidential election. The landscape outside the Spokane city limits was pretty red.No matter. The region will be represented in the inaugural parade next month when he gets sworn in.The Border Patrol's Spokane Sector will…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 7, 2008

That was the week that was

Bill O'Reilly declared war on Christine Gregoire, and generated much more attention to an atheist's Christmas display.The latest from O'Reilly on the Capitol display.How'd this all start? Click here.Spokane County finally found out who won the 6th Legislative District race. (Hint: it was the guy…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2008

Final recount total: Driscoll by 72 votes

Democratic challenger John Driscoll won – again –over Republican Rep. John Ahern at the end of a hand recount of nearly 76,000 ballots in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District.After about two days in which teams of election workers watched by party volunteers checked 75,947 ballots, the…

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Today's videos: More from the Xmas War Front

It's great to be popular, and Washington state's Capitol holiday displays certainly are popular on the cable news talking head shows.Bill O'Reilly made the holiday displays in the Washington Capitol his "Talking Point" Wednesday night. He wants Gov. Chris Gregoire to take the atheists' display…

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Recount update

This just in from Spokane County Elections HQ:As of 2 p.m., elections workers, under the watchful eyes of partisan observers, have counted 36,575 ballots from 41 precincts.There has been no change in the totals for John Driscoll or John Ahern.There is one precinct that has…

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