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WA sends in its Race to the Top app

OLYMPIA -- Washington has nearly 9 of 10 school districts signing on for the federal Race to the Top competition, hoping to get a total of $250 million in federal cash for a wide variety of education programs.Gov. Chris Gregoire and Superintendent of Public Instruction…

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Gov. Chris Gregoire tour the Port of Tacoma on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review)

Welcome to Tacoma, Mr. Secretary. It rains here.

TACOMA -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got a Washington state trifecta today, experiencing three things for which the West Side is best known: Boeing. Microsoft. And rain.In an effort to emphasize the importance of exports to the nation's fledgling recovery, Geithner planned a tour of…

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010


Wassup: May 6

OLYMPIA -- Thursday is state Supreme Court decision day, and the high court handed down several rulings, including one involving pornography, the Internet and public libraries. Quick synopsis: By a 6-3 vote, you don't have a right to surf the net for porn in a…

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TUESDAY, MAY 4, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire congratulates House Budget Chairwoman Kelli Linville, D-Bellingham, and offers her the pen after signing the 2010 supplemental budget on May 4, 2010. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Supplemental budget signed (most of it, anyway)

Gov. Chris Gregoire shakes hands with House Budget Chairwoman Kelli Linville and offers Linville the ceremonial pen after signing the supplemental budget.OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a new spending plan Tuesday designed to close an estimated $2.8 billion gap in the state’s operating budget…

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Is he right, or just far right? 

Tim James, a candidate for governor in Alabama, has a new ad that's generating interest far beyond the borders of the Sweet Home state.If he's elected, the commercial says, he'll end the current practice of giving drivers license tests in 12 languages, and just offer…

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Early morning trek for history

After nearly four months in Washington, D.C., on an American studies program, Michelle Creek had a chance at something special Wednesday – but it meant getting up at 5:45 a.m., walking some 10 blocks through the city and waiting in line in the early morning…

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

Statue of Confucius at the cemetery of his family in Qufu, China (Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review)

Wassup: April 26

Statue of Confucius at his family's cemetery in Qufu, ChinaA quiet day in Olympia, with Gov. Chris Gregoire set to announce an appointment to the Dourt of Appeals at 1:30 p.m. and sign a Memo of Understanding in Seattle at 4 p.m. to create a…

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Continuing to weigh the Rossi factor 

Dino Rossi continues to be some Democrats' favorite choice for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat.Spin Control continues to be in the "I'm from Missouri" mode on that. (Actually, I am from Missouri, but that's a whole separate narrative.)On "will run" side of…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 2010

A different way to chew on the tax debate

OLYMPIA – When talking about the Legislature, it’s easy to get wrapped up in parliamentary details and arcane political jargon. To avoid that, here’s a simple way to look at the budget and tax plans as the “seven-day” special session enters Day 28. Think of…

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Tax plan passes House, heads to Senate

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to adjourn.The House of Representatives voted 52-44 to approve the tax plan that was just made…

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WA Lege SpecSess: Supporting tax hikes 

OLYMPIA -- A coalition of health care, education, environment and poverty groups is coming out in favor of the still-to-be-made-public tax proposal.Based on news accounts of the package, the Rebuilding our Economic Future Coalition says the reported combination of taxes on soda, beer, bottled water,…

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Tax deal not yet out, but opponents are 

OLYMPIA -- Democratic legislative leaders have not yet formally announced their "go home" tax deal, apparently because the House caucus isn't yet sure it has the necessary yes votes.But while opposition to certain taxes is already cranking up.The Washington Beverage Association said raising the tax…

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WA Lege SpecSess: All quiet for now 

OLYMPIA -- Day 25 of the special session is starting pretty slowly, with pro forma sessions in both chambers. No official word on whether the House of Representatives has enough votes for a tax package worked out Wednesday among Gov. Chris Gregoire, Senate Majority Leader…

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Could someone call Howie Mandel... he can ask "Deal. Or No Deal?"It would appear that a legislative deal on a tax package remains somewhat elusive. After meeting for about 35 minutes with Gov. Chris Gregoire, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and House Speaker Frank Chopp went out a side…

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Tax deal in the offing? 

OLYMPIA -- House and Senate negotiators may have reached what they are calling a "go home" deal over taxes.Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and House Speaker Frank Chopp started meeting with Gov. Chris Gregoire about 4:35 p.m. today for final discussions on the deal, which…

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It's in the mail: EMS levy ballots

Spokane County Elections office says they mailed out about 113,000 ballots today to Spokane City voters, and Fire District 10 voters. Both groups are voting on an EMS levy.Election is April 27. If you don't get a ballot by April 16, call 477-2320 for a…

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WA Lege SpecSess: Negotiations continue

OLYMPIA -- Day 24 of the special session looks to be a fairly quiet one. Most legislators remain at home, with a few negotiators for the House and Senate sending tax proposals back and forth. No votes, no floor sessions, no committee meetings.And no deal…

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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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