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  • Who'll Decide?

      Chief Justice Gerry ("Gary") Alexander When I interviewed Alexander, he had just been informed how much damage the court's unanimous decision to toss out the state's inheritance tax had cost the state budget. "We knocked over $400 mi
  • Update - Fight for Governor

      Chelan County Superior Court Judge John E. Bridges presides over the challenge to the 129-vote election victory of Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire over Republican Dino Rossi, and he sides neither with Gregoire nor Rossi but with Secre
  • Silent Session

      Even when Democrats accomplish something positive, they do a poor job of letting the public know. This week, lawmakers wrapped up the first budget writing session since 1993 during which Democrats controlled both chambers of the Legislat
  • Marital Strife

      The United States' first great civil rights struggle of the 21st century has arrived in Washington state. On Tuesday, the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments about legalizing gay marriage. In 1996, in the Defense of
  • Rossi's True Colors

      Republican Dino Rossi should have apologized to Washington state. On Monday, June 6, after seven months of irresponsible rhetoric and fruitless litigation by his lawyers and spinmeisters, Rossi finally ended his bid for the governor
  • Back In Charge

      Look out, Olympia, the Democrats are in charge!
  • Dino's Dilemma

      The nasty fight for the Washington governor's mansion is not likely to end any time soon. Election tabulations are not noble searches for truth. They are poorly refereed contests fought by partisan warriors in power suits, and until
  • Unsettled Primary

      The Democratic and Republican parties have been at each other's throats over the closest governor's race in state history. Soon, however, they'll turn on a common enemy: Washington voters. On Nov. 2, the electorate had the temerity
  • All Thumbs

      Whether she wins or loses, Democrats have to be disappointed by the performance of their gubernatorial candidate. Attorney General Chris Gregoire started the race with an incredible advantage. She is a popular, three-term statewide
  • Counting Conundrum

      It's almost become routine anymore; on Election Night, Washingtonians go to bed knowing that more votes are yet to be counted. In any close race, it'll be as least a few more days until a winner can be crowned. Why does it take so da
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  • A Race to Lead

      As the presidential campaign picked at scabs of the Vietnam War, our gubernatorial race reopened the wounds of the struggle for civil rights. Reliving of the 1960s began with a Seattle Times story on Monday, Aug. 23, about Attorney
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  • Who's No. 1?

      With four weeks to go before the election, Democrats around the country have been riding a roller coaster of emotion about their party's prospects. Here in Washington, however, many local Democrats have been steadfastly predicting si
  • Ready for His Close-Up

      Despite the fact that former state Senator Dino Rossi is virtually unopposed for the Republican nomination for governor, he has bought nearly $1 million in television advertising to run before the Sept. 14 primary election. It is ju
  • The Money Keeps Flowing

      Real Networks founder Rob Glaser has given more than $1 million to support Democratic candidates and defeat President Bush in November. Glaser's giving is just Washington's biggest example of how campaign cash continues to flow, des
  • People Power

      The November election will be a big one in Washington state. Not only will citizens choose a new governor, but Washington is getting a lot of attention from the Bush and Kerry campaigns, as it is viewed as a swing state that could g
  • Kicking Up Some Mud

      It's only May and already the governor's race has gotten ugly. By the time most voters start paying attention -- usually after Labor Day -- the blood on the floor will be knee-deep. The current flare-up is between the Democratic fro
  • Locke's Last Shot

      State Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle, tells a great shaggy-dog story to predict the atmosphere of the upcoming Legislature's 2004 session. A well-meaning rookie arrives in Olympia with some complicated, innovative piece of legislation
  • Digital Democracy

      In their zeal to get their hands on federal money, elections officials are giving away the ballot," thunders Paul Berendt, chair of the Washington State Democrats. "That is wrong." Berendt and the state Democratic Party are in the
  • Missing The Party

      Chris Vance is running out of time. The chair of the Washington State Republican Party has an ambitious work plan--the transformation of the state GOP into, as he puts it, "a Northwest version of George W. Bush." Vance knows how to g
  • Wielding The Axe

      & quot;We're marching on Baghdad, & quot; quipped state Senate Majority Leader Jim West, R-Spokane, as the GOP won another battle in its war on taxes last week. Democrats admit their troops are badly divided, but still predict victory in their e
  • Minding His Majority

      When Senator Jim West (R-Spokane) ascended to the position of Majority Leader of the Washington State S
  • In A Locke Box

      What does Gov. Gary Locke's budget procedure, known as Priorities of Government, or POG, spell backwards? GOP!" That's the joke circulating among Democrats as the 105-day state legislative session opens in Olympia. The humor masks r
  • Olympian Dreams

      Phil Talmadge never mentions Gov. Gary Locke by name. He doesn't need to. Everybody in the room at the King County Democrats' winter meeting at the Seattle Hilton knows Talmadge is talking about Locke when he says, "Everywhere I go,
  • Supreme Contest

      Position Three -- Who is the fairest of them all? Each candidate in the race for the open seat on the state Supreme Court, Position Three, insists they will follow the law, not their own personal views. Jim Johnson, a folksy, passio

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