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TUESDAY, JAN. 11, 2011

WA Lege Day 2: State of the state

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire's take on "the state" of Washington state, with the latest excerpt on top of older excerpts: Make no mistake, I expect you to make the changes that will benefit the state for today and the next 80 years. Last year,…

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Note on caucus membership lists

OLYMPIA-- A state senator stays a member of his or her caucus until a successor is sworn in. Thus, Jean Berkey and Chris Marr and some others defeated in the 2010 elections remained on the Senate Democratic Caucus roster yesterday morning, and up to that…

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MONDAY, JAN. 10, 2011

State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers congratulates Sen. Mike Baumgartner after swearing him in. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege Day 1: Baumgartner sworn in

State Supreme Court Justice Tom Chambers congratulates Mike Baumgartner after swearing him in Monday. OLYMPIA -- With much less drama than Senator-elect Nick Harper's swearing in, Sen. Mike Baumgartner of Spokane's 6th District took the oath of office on the opening day of the session

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WA Lege Day 1: Motion to block Harper fails

OLYMPIA -- An initial effort to keep a Snohomish County senator-elect from being seated in the Senate failed Monday afternoon as a parliamentary procedure failed on a 23-18 vote. Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, tried to keep all newly-elected senators from being sworn in while the…

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Lege opens to an interesting tune

OLYMPIA -- Washington's Legislature is staring up its engines today with all 49 senators and 98 representatives getting sworn in. The anticipated skirmish over Nick Harper taking his Senate seat in Snohomish County's 38th District won't come up for a while, as each newly elected…

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Fackler enters race for state GOP chairman 

Curt Fackler, former Spokane County Republican chairman, is joining the race for the state GOP chairmanship. Current chair Luke Esser wants to keep the job and at least two others from western Washington are interested. In a letter sent out today, Fackler questions the effectiveness…

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WA Lege Day 1: Pomp. Circumstances. Fireworks?

OLYMPIA -- Washington's 105-day legislative session formally gets underway at noon, with the official and officious opening ceremonies in each chamber. It's the time for swearing in. Simple swearing to come later. One potential glitch in the Senate involves the swearing in of Nick Harper…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 8, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 6, 2011


Stephens 'most influential' on high court

OLYMPIA -- Justice Debra Stephens, the Washington Supreme Court's newest member, is also its most influential, a conservative think tank says. The Evergreen Freedom Foundation gave Stephens, the first woman from Eastern Washington to serve on the state's highest court, its first-ever ranking of most…

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McMorris Rodgers swaps committees

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers moved onto the House Energy and Commerce Committee and off the Armed Services, Natural Resources and Education and Labor committees. She'll serve on three E & C subcommittees: Energy and Power, Environment and the Economy, and Health. From those, the Eastern…

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McIntire to Lege: Get 'er done quick

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature should not dilly-dally with a supplemental state budget that figures out how to reduce expenses through the end of June, State Treasurer James McIntire said Wednesday. They should pass the revised spending plan by the end of the month "without gimmmicks…

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Gov. Chris Gregoire explains proposals for education and higher education at a press conference in Olympia on Wednesday. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Gregoire proposes education czar

Gov. Chris Gregoire explains proposals for education and higher education at a press conference Wednesday. OLYMPIA — All of Washington's education systems and programs, from preschool through graduate degrees at universities, should be working together and overseen by a single office, Gov. Chris Gregoire said…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton and former state Rep. Tom Huff named to the redistricting commission on Jan. 4, 2011. In the background are maps of the current congressional and legislative districts. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Gorton named to redistricting panel

Slade Gorton and Tom Huff in front of maps of the current congressional and legislative districts. OLYMPIA -- Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton was named today to the panel that will redraw congressional and legislative boundaries because of the state's population growth. Gorton, a three-term…

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McCaslin retiring from state Senate 

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Bob McCaslin, the most senior member of the Legislature who has represented Spokane Valley's 4th District for 30 years, is retiring because of health problems. In a prepared statement, McCaslin said health problems have resurfaced that have changed his plans to serve…

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 29, 2010

Map of the 2010 General Election balloting by Legislative District. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane's 3rd Lege District among lowest for turnout

OLYMPIA -- New numbers from the Washington Secretary of State's office confirm what political experts in Spokane have long believed: Central Spokane's 3rd Legislative District, along with being among the state's poorest, is among the state's lightest voting. The state Elections Office released voter turnout…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 23, 2010

TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

This map shows estimated gains in population in Washington's congressional districts based on the 2005-2009 American Community Survey estimates. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Where WA gained a little, where it gained a lot

Washington gets a new congressional district, upping its population in the U.S. House of Representatives from nine to 10, Census Bureau officials announced today. Politicians all over the state, from Gov. Chris Gregoire, a Democrat, to Luke Esser, state Republican Party chairman, are thrilled. And…

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

OLYMPIA -- Tree erected on the Capitol Campus in December 2010 by Seattle Atheists (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Atheist tree up on Capitol Campus 

OLYMPIA -- With little fanfare or complaints, Seattle Atheists have erected a decorated tree and a sign on the Capitol campus in honor of not-Christmas.A tree? As in, a Christmas Tree?Not exactly. The group calls it "A Tree of Knowledge" -- although it's unclear if…

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Random digits: Facts for today

The omnibus appropriations bill for this fiscal year (which started on Oct. 1, by the way) that is moving through Congress has at least 6.631 earmarks worth $8.6 billiion, Citizens Against Government Waste says. At least because the organization hasn't located all the anonymous earmarks…

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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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