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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

Dick Morris at Fairgrounds Saturday

Political consultant, commentator, author and FOX news contributor Dick Morris will be at the Spokane County Fairgrounds Saturday for the Freedom Foundation's "Stand Up for Freedom" celebration. The Freedom Foundation, a conservative think tank, is also bringing former Seattle Seahawk Mack Strong in for the…

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire hugs daughters Michelle (left) and Courtney after announcing she won't run for a second term at a press conference with husband Mike and son-in-law Scott Lindsay. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Gregoire called Inslee, urged him to run

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire made the decision not to run for re-election over the weekend after talking with family and close advisors, called cabinet members and one potential replacement on Sunday evening. She urged Jay Inslee, the Democratic congressman from Western Washington's 1st District,…

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Sunday Spin: Free advice for candidates

Last week was the official start of campaign season that saw swarms of candidates filing for various offices and in some cases plunking down the fees that go with them. Kudos for your public spiritedness and participation in the democratic process. But as my father…

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Thousands of folks want to run for office

OLYMPIA -- A check of county elections office by the Secretary of State's Office indicates 2,132 people have filed for office as of the close of business Wednesday. That's hump day for filing week, which ends whenever your local Elections Office shuts down on Friday.…

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Holder backing dispensary raids, Gregoire says 

OLYMPIA – States that have legalized marijuana for medical uses are pushing the U.S. Justice Department for help in sorting out the conflict between federal drug laws and their own, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he’s aware of the…

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McMorris Rodgers on Weiner: 'I had no idea' 

SEATTLE -- Weeks ago, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers co-wrote a guest column with the co-chairman of a new group of congresspersons concerned about local pharmacies staying in business. It sat around for until Monday, when it got published at a time when her caucus co-chairman…

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

McMorris Rodgers, Weiner get together for drugs

Although probably not what you're thinking. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) Reps. Cathy McMorris and Anthony Weiner co-wrote a guest column in Roll Call, a Washington, D.C., publication, about the importance of independent pharmacies in cities, towns and rural America and explained three…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011

Friday factoid: More women than men

The U.S. Census Bureau released another pile of data this week from tghe 2010 headcount, and the tabulation of American residents by gender revealed the unsurprising fact there are more women than men in the United States. But there are more boys than girls. For…

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2011 WA Lege: Counting the votes

OLYMPIA -- With the Legislature a full week in the books, the group WashingtonVotes, has released its annual statistics about the number of bills introduced and passed, the votes taken...and the votes missed. Topping the list of missed House votes was Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane…

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Filing week approaching

OK candidates, listen up. Filing week starts next Monday for those of you who like the personal touch of filling out your forms and paying your fees in person. From Monday through Friday of next week, you can saunter into your county elections office, turn…

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire practices opening and covering herself with a fire shelter  Tuesday at a training session with the Department of Natural Resources. The training session is necessary for being on site at a wildfire or forest fire. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Fire danger light this season 

Gov. Chris Gregoire opens a fire shelter during the annual training and test required for being on site at a wildfire or forest fire. OLYMPIA -- With snow still on the mountains and plenty of rain this spring in the lowlands, the danger of wildfires…

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

WA Lege: The day after

OLYMPIA -- It is the day after the night before at the Capitol. Not quite a ghost town 12 hours after the gavel came down for the legislative session, but very little trace of what was here for the last four and a half months.…

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Senate passes operating, capital budgets

OLYMPIA -- The Senate gave strong bipartisan support to the state's $32.2 billion operating budget for 2011-13, and near unanimous suppoort to the $2.8 billion Capital Budget. Senators praised one another for crossing party lines and working together to work out compromises on a budget…

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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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