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OLYMPIA -- Members of the Backbone Campaign try to right an elephant they are inflating in the Capitol Rotunda as part of their call for a state income tax. (Jim Camden)

This protest required a lot of air 

Protesters work to prop up an elephant they are inflating on the Capitol Rotunda floor as part of a call for a state income tax. OLYMPIA -- As legislative leaders sweated the small stuff on the operating budget and other members awaited word of a...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

OLYMPIA -- The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against extending the state's beer surcharge to microbreweries. (Jim Camden)

Showing up for the protest

The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against the extension of the state's temporary beer surcharge. OLYMPIA -- There's never a giant opener around when I need one. A pair of the Rainier bottles made famous in the beer's off-beat...

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MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013

FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

The Occupy Olympia encampment on 12/16/2011 after the state ordered protesters out of Heritage Park at 12:01 a.m. (Jim Camden)

State 'unoccupies' park

OLYMPIA -- Protesters who set up an "Occupy Olympia" encampment in a park below the Capitol Campus were evicted overnight. But a handful broke into an abandonned building a few blocks away in a brief effort to try establishing "squatters rights." Police surrounded the building,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2011

WA Lege: Coming Monday

OLYMPIA -- It won't be just the state's 147 legislators -- 148 if you count the two state senators from Spokane Valley's 4th District -- who will be coming to the capital Monday for the start of the special session. The Occupy movement, along with...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

Labor unions to join "Occupy" protests

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Labor Council says it will join with various local versions of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests next week. The council is in line with national labor leaders who are praising the protests from New York City to Seattle and Spokane...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 26, 2011

Irony alert on postal protest

This just in: Members of the postal unions and community supporters are planning a protest on Sept. 27 in every congressional district, asking the honorable congresspersons to do everything in their power to save the Postal Service. That includes a demonstration outside Rep. Cathy McMorris...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Protesters dressed as Zombies do a dance to protest budget cuts on the Capitol steps, May 13, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 18: 'Zombies' protest budget

OLYMPIA -- Budget protesters dressed as zombies marched on the Capitol Friday in a demonstration against cuts to social services. Well, shuffled is probably more accurate. Zombies don't actually move very fast, and these zombies moved so slow that by the time they got to...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

WSU, UI students to protest lax immigration

Conservative student groups from Washington State University and University of Idaho say they plan to put up a chain-link fence on Terrell Mall today to protest illegal immigration. The groups include College Republicans, Young Americans for Liberty and Youth for Western Civilization. (The last sounds...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2011


Protesters gather near the World War I memorial on the state Capitol Campus, Friday April 8, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege Day 89: Union rally and budget debate

Protesters gather near the World War I memorial on the state Capitol Campus Friday. OLYMPIA -- The last of four days of protests in and around the Capitol over a proposed "all-cut" budget will feature thousands of labor union members joining other demonstrators on the...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011


Protesters who want taxes raised rather than programs cut had a small problem with their message Wednesday when the "D" was missing from their END TAX LOOP HOLES placards. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege Day 87: Protesters don't like either budget 

OLYMPIA – As several hundred protesters chanted about corporate greed and demanded tax increases, House budget writers gathered to decide which of two plans to cut billions from state programs they would endorse. The state’s budgeting process, which is facing serious time constraints as the...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011

A handful of demonstrators gathered on the north steps of the Capitol on April 5, 2011 to protest proposed budget cuts to state programs. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Wa Lege Day 86: Rain dampens protests

Protesters gather on the north steps of the Capitol Tuesday at noon. OLYMPIA -- Tuesday is the start of several days of protests over proposed cuts in the state budget. Organizers had promised to bring a couple hundred to the Capital from around Olympia, but...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

Groups promise large protests next week

OLYMPIA -- A coalition of labor unions, church groups, social service workers and progressive organizations plan to bring thousands of protesters to the state capital next week for a series of escalating demonstrations against budget cuts. They'll try to put pressure on state legislators, who...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

Protesters outside the Washington state Capitol on Oct. 5, 2010 (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

FBI protest -- of sorts -- in Oly

Protesters carry a sign to the steps of the state Capitol.OLYMPIA -- About 50 people marched through the Capitol campus this evening to protest FBI "sweeps" of activists in Minneapolis and Chicago.As protests in Olympia go, it wasn't very big. And the signs, like the...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

Medicaid money, protesting Israel: Wassup June 2

Gov. Chris Gregoire is in "the other Washington" today, where she's talking with a Pentagon panel about states and feds working together if there's a WMD-type incident. Other familiar faces on the panel are Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg of the Washington National Guard, and former...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2010

Thousands march against abortion 

OLYMPIA -- Opponents of abortion filled the Capitol steps Tuesday as legislators urged them to fight against federal health care mandates and proposals that would set new rules for their crisis pregnancy clinics.A crowd estimated at more than 4,000 by the Washington State Patrol marched...

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