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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman announces she will run for Washington Secretary of State in 2012. (Jim Camden)

Wyman running for Sec State 

Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman announces 2012 campaign for Secretary of State. OLYMPIA -- After waiting a respectable 48 hours after her old boss got out of the 2012 Secretary of State race, Thurston County Auditor Kim Wyman got in it Thursday. Wyman told a…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

Obama has Seattle Storm over to White House 

President Barack Obama, fulfilling the number one presidential duty of congratulator-in-chief, had the WNBA champion Seattle Storm over to the White House this afternoon for some high fives and kind words. He introduced the coach, joked around with the players and talked about how he…

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Ladenburg: Sup Ct yes, AG no

Former Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg says he's made up his mind on what state office he wants to seek in 2012 and it's... State Supreme Court justice. Not state attorney general. Ladenburg's campaign operation sent out word that he is shutting down his "exploratory…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

Secretary of State Sam Reed announces he won't run for re-election in 2012 and is retiring at the end of this term, his third in that office. (Jim Camden)

Sam Reed to retire after 2012

Sam Reed says he won't run for re-election at a press conference today. OLYMPIA -- Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed is calling it quits after three terms in that office and more than 34 as an elected official. Reed, a Spokane native and a…

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

It's official (if unsurprising): Inslee's in

U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee officially got into the 2012 governor's race today, making the announcement at a morning press conference in Seattle and following up with another campaign stop in Yakima. He'll be in Spokane, Vancouver and Tacoma on Tuesday. The Spokane event is scheduled…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2011


THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2011

High rivers a blow to wind farms

When the wind is blowing and the Columbia River is flowing, wind turbine operators in Washington have a problem they are looking to France and Germany for help. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is in Europe for a 10-day trade mission, said she met Thursday with…

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City loses $500,000 grant for whitewater park

OLYMPIA — A state board in charge of money for recreational projects rejected a plea from supporters of a whitewater park in the Spokane River and refused Thursday to extend a $500,000 grant. The project will probably take longer than supporters estimate, and the city…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

City to review council boundaries

The City of Spokane is looking for three people willing to review its council district boundaries and decide whether they need to be adjusted as a result of the 2010 Census. Think that's you? You have until July 1 to decide. Here's the criteria: You…

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Local women living longer

Women in Spokane County can expect to live about a year longer than women a quarter century ago, and Kootenai County women about two years longer. Those averages are contained in a new study by the University of Washington which shows that while women in…

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Baxter teeing up the ball

State Sen. Jeff Baxter is holding a campaign kickoff Wednesday night at the Mirabeau Park Hotel. This may seem a bit late, considering Baxter announced more than a month ago he was running for the seat to which he was appointed after Bob McCaslin retired.…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Mainstream GOP to Inslee: That money's tainted 

Washington Republicans are trying to wring every last drop out of any connection Washington may have to Anthony Weiner's bad behavior, however tenuous it may be. Last week the state GOP criticized Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., for accepting a $1,000 contribution from Weiner, saying the…

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Gov at Paris Air Show: Part Deux

Seattle will be the site of a "summit" on aerospace suppliers next March and a Bellingham company will expand to reconfigure planes for an Austrian airline, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday. Deals for both were struck during the second day of the Paris Air Show,…

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011


Today's fun video: When jokes fall flat

The Republican Leadership Conference invited a Barack Obama impersonator to provide a bit of comic relief at a meeting last week, and he fell a bit flat. Actually, a bit flat may be understating it. Obama himself might have received a better response.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011

Sunday Spin: When 2012 encroaches on 2011

Turning on the television Monday evening created a sudden moment of panic. Had I slept, Rip Van Winkle-like for months and awoke in January 2012? Seven Republican presidential candidates were on a stage in New Hampshire, taking questions from news media types and citizens, with…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire accepts a bouquet of flowers from initiative sponsor Tim Eyman at a bill signing ceremony in Olympia on Wednesday.
 (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Eyman was on good behavior

OLYMPIA -- Earlier in the week, Spin Control mentioned that inveterate initiative sponsor and sometime gubernatorial critic Tim Eyman would be attending the final bill signing ceremony that included all those little bills -- the operating budget, the capital budget, workers compensation reform, government streamlining.…

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011


On the Web: A Rep. Weiner Timeline

Now that Rep. Anthony Weiner has resigned, we can only hope that the double entendre and just plain silly headlines will stop in the next 24 hours or so. For a look back at a timeline of some of the worst jokes at Weiner's expense…

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Gov. Chris Gregoire and Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, talk June 15, 2011 before the signing of his bill to consolidate some state agencies.  (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

In other action from Weds. bills signing 

Gov. Chris Gregoire congratulates Sen. Mike Baumgartner on the passage of his government consolidation bill just before she signs it. OLYMPIA -- All the political infighting, negotiating and debating of the last weeks of the special session were essentially condensed Wednesday with bill signings for…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011


Budget signing today

OLYMPIA -- After about 135 days of fretting and arguing and nearly two weeks of perusing, Washington's 2011-13 Operating Budget and Capital Budget are set to be signed this afternoon. Gov. Chris Gregoire has an official signing ceremony at 2:30 p.m. for the budgets and…

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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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