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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

WA Lege Day 18: Split the House districts?

OLYMPIA -- Splitting the legislative districts in half, so that a different state representative is elected in each half, would increase the contacts with constituents, the sponsor of the plan said. But it would also cut in half each voter's representation in the House, and…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Smoking in cars with kids could mean a ticket 10 

OLYMPIA -- Washington drivers who smoke in a car with children would be liable for a traffic ticket under a bill being discussed in the state Senate. The proposal, which had its first hearing Wednesday in the Senate Transportation Committee, wouldn't allow law enforcement officers…

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OFM: Spokane Med School not on list

OLYMPIA – A new medical school building in Spokane is not on the list of large construction projects being proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire for the next two years, a group of government and business leaders from Eastern Washington was told Wednesday. Marty Brown, the…

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WA Lege Day 17: Spokane comes to Oly

OLYMPIA -- State legislators won't spend much time on "the floor" today, but have a full slate of hearings on everything from foreclosures to college efficiencies to smoking in cars with kids. Meanwhile, members of the Greater Spokane Inc. delegation is scheduled to hit town…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

Something phish-y about IRS e-mail

If you get an e-mail from the IRS asking for your name, address and other information so the agency can check its records, promising you a $50 reward for being so helpful...don't respond. Don't open the attachment. Don't do anything except hit the delete button.…

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Who's your speech date?

Being watched almost as closely as what President Obama says tonight are the locations of where the honorable members of Congress will sit. Put another way: Who's your date for the State of the Union? Traditionally, the Democrats sit on one side of the House…

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WA Lege Day 16: Gregoire wants UI bill soon

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire urged legislators to move quickly on proposals to cancel planned increases in unemployment insurance taxes, saying she needs a bill in two weeks. At a press conference this morning, Gregoire repeated a call for legislators to keep rate hikes that…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 2011

FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

WA Lege Day 12: Senate honors McCaslin

OLYMPIA — With a photo of Bob McCaslin propped up near his old desk and his family in the gallery, the Washington state Senate’s most senior member was praised for his ability to make his colleagues laugh with a well-timed joke and keep them on…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 20, 2011

Museum directors: Don't put us in mothballs 

OLYMPIA – The proposed state budget would “mothball” the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane and another facility in Tacoma, shutting out the public and possibly running afoul of federal law on Native American artifacts, a legislative panel was told Thursday. Directors of the…

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Money in licensing medical pot users, growers

OLYMPIA -- The state could make about $50 million over the next 10 years by setting up a system of licensing and registering medical marijuana users and dispensers, a state study said Thursday. The state Office of Financial Management, which determines the fiscal impact for…

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Town hall Saturday to discuss bomb, violence

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and state Rep. Kevin Parker will hold a town hall meeting Saturday to discuss public concerns over the bomb found along the parade route in downtown Spokane Monday. The one-hour forum, “Understanding threats in our community”, will allow area residents to discuss…

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Members of ABATE arrive at the state Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 20, to lobby legislators. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege: Get yer motor runnin...

OLYMPIA -- Cue Steppenwolf. It's Black Thursday on the Capitol Campus, the day when members of ABATE come to lobby their legislators. ABATE stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, and pushes for legislation it prefers on motorcycles, including an end to the state requirement…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

McCaslin resting after amputation 

Spokane Valley City Councilman Bob McCaslin was in satisfactory condition Wednesday evening at Deaconess Medical Center after having his leg amputated earlier in the day. A hospital spokeswoman listed the former legislator's condition as satisfactory, the best of three one-word conditions in the limited information…

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Gregoire at Hu's dinner 

At the risk of sounding like an old Abbott and Costello routine, Hu's coming to dinner at the White House, and Gov. Chris Gregoire is invited too. Who's coming to dinner? Hu's the president of China. I don't know who's the president of China but…

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A chicken & egg initiative

OLYMPIA -- An animal protection organization wants voters to order farms go give chickens more room while they're laying eggs. Washingtoninans for Humane Farms submitted an initiative proposal this week to the secretary of state's office that would require "egg-laying hens have enough room to…

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GOP leaders: Budget alternative likely

OLYMPIA -- Republican leaders say they may offer an alternative to House Democrats' supplemental budget, which is itself an alternative to Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposal. At a noon press conference, House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis said Republicans have enough differences with the Democratic…

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WA Lege Day 10: Of budgets and roads

OLYMPIA -- A House committee might get the ball rolling on a supplemental budget this afternoon, sending it to the floor for a vote later this week. House Democrats alternative supplemental budget gets worked over in the Ways and Means Committee's executive session, starting at…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 18, 2011

Abortion protesters gather on the north steps of the state Capitol on Jan. 18, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

4,500 rally against abortion

OLYMPIA -- The annual rally against legalized abortion, which is traditionally one of the largest demonstrations at the Capitol in the early months of any session, drew an estimated 4,500 to the north Capitol steps at noon today. Sympathetic legislators promised to keep up the…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 15, 2011

How to make campaign law violators squeal 

OLYMPIA – Talk of election shenanigans in 2010 was second only last week to talk of budget disasters for 2011, and legislators are toying with tweaking state campaign disclosure laws that allow average folks to know the source of money being spent to convince them…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011

Precinct officers keep their spots 

A federal judge's ruling that Washington state's way of electing precinct committee officers is unconstitutional may have some wondering about the ones elected last August. Precinct committee officers, or PCOs as they are usually called, are the backbone of county party organizations. They pick the…

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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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