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SATURDAY, FEB. 5, 2011

The Legislature rocks on

Although much legislative attention is being paid to solving the state’s budget problems, there is still time in Olympia for other weighty tasks. Such as what should be the state’s official rock? If you said Heavy Metal or grunge or indie, put your iPod earphones…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011


WA Lege Day 23: Senate budget deal in works

OLYMPIA — State Senate budget writers have what's being described as a $254 million bipartisan budget agreement that could get a vote yet this week. Just hours before a Senate Ways and Means Committee hearing, Chairman Ed Murray released a plan to cut more than…

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Gov popped in on McCaslin

When Gov. Chris Gregoire made the trip to Spokane last Friday, the main purpose was a briefing on the MLK Day parade bomb. But the secondary goal was for Gregoire and the small contingent from Olympia to visit former State Sen. Bob McCaslin, who is…

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WA Lege Day 23: Gov v. SPI on education

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire made the pitch to unify the state's school systems from preschool to gradulate degrees under her office, even if it means getting rid of the state's elected school chief. "This is not about one governor...This is about having one system,"…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Electronic bracelets for stalkers?

OLYMPIA -- Requiring stalkers to wear electronic monitoring bracelets could have saved the life of a Tacoma teacher, a House panel was told Monday. The parents of Jennifer Paulson pleaded with the House Judiciary Committee to approve HB 1180, a bill that would allow judges…

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Cantwell to lead aviation subcommittee

Sen. Maria Cantwell was named Monday the chairwoman of the senate panel that oversees aviaition.\ Technically, it's known as the aviation operations, safety and security subcommittee of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which is admittedly two long names with lots of commas. It's main…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Rebuttal: Inmate requests eat up your money 

Editor's note: Longtime Assistant City Attorney Bob Beaumier takes issue with last Sunday's Spin Control column regarding proposed changes to the law on certain public records requests. While I don't agree with some of his conclusions (just as he disagrees with mine) Spin Control is…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

House adopts rules over GOP objections

OLYMPIA -- The House of Representatives will have to wait at least 24 hours between the time a budget bill is written and a final vote is taken under rules adopted today on a party-line vote. Republicans objected, saying there should be a 72-hour delay,…

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Lura Powell chosen to head Redistricting Commish

OLYMPIA -- Lura Powell of Richland was named chaiwoman of the state Redistricting Commission this morning. Powell, former director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, was the unanimous choice of the four members who were each appointed by a legislative leader of one party from…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Marr on state Liquor Board

OLYMPIA -- Former state Sen. Chris Marr was appointed to the Washington State Liquor Control Board Thursday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Marr, who served one term in the Senate from Spokane's 6th District but lost his re-election on Nov. 2 to Republican Mike Baumgartner, replaces…

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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