State Relations

August 28, 2008

Seattle Times Olympia Reporter to Step Down

Here’s a blog post I wish I hadn’t read today. Ralph Thomas, one of the Seattle Times political reporters who works out of the Olympia bureau is leaving the paper to work for the Katz Communications Group.  As his co-worker and office buddy David Postman points out in his entry this morning, Ralph is not…


August 22, 2008

State Higher Education News

The Bellingham Herald reported this week that Western Washington University’s waterfront development plans took another step forward when the Port of Bellingham approved an agreement to partner with the school to create an independent development entity to develop a key portion of the city’s waterfront.  Dubbed the “Viking Development,” the move permits the Port to sell…


August 21, 2008

Primary Election Recap

Now that I have managed to pour over Tuesday’s primary election results the way I used to read baseball box scores in the newspaper when I was a youngster, here are my highlights (or maybe races worth noting) for you blog readers who just can’t get enough political insider stuff.  Enjoy! Governor No big surprise…


August 19, 2008

Olympia’s Hot Button Issue — Waterfront Development

Today of course is Tuesday August 19 — primary election day and the unofficial beginning of the state 2008 political season.  You might think the most controversial issue in the state capital would be the impending Gregoire-Rossi rematch for the Governor’s office, or perhaps which of three candidates for State Treasurer will come out ahead today,…


August 18, 2008

Catching Up Post-Vacation

Nothing like waking up to the clock radio for the first time in two weeks to ram home the point that vacation is truly over.  Looks like I timed the weather just about perfectly too as the thunder and rain rumbles over red square this morning. Quite a lot going on as most of you…


August 1, 2008

Mr. Hodgins Takes A Holiday

The blog is going on vacation.  Well, maybe not the same vacation Jimmy Stewart took in that old movie but I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation.  I’ll be back to regular blog posting on August 18. In the meantime, don’t forget to vote in the state primary election on August…


State Population Tops 6.5 Million

Washington State’s population continues to grow, but at a slower pace than in previous years according to a new analysis prepared by the Office of Financial Management (OFM). Our state’s population has now topped 6.5 million people, an increase of about 100,000 or 1.5% over the past year.  Slowing economic conditions has reduced the number…


July 28, 2008

Seattle Times Takes Notice of “Star Researchers”

In case you missed this yesterday, the Seattle Times ran a very complimentary editorial about the new Innovation Research Teams (IRT) program (also referred to as the “Star Researchers” program) which was created in the 2007-09 biennial budget act. As you may recall, the program ran into some trouble this past session when the House Appropriations Committee…


July 21, 2008

President Emmert Pitches Budget and Long Term Enrollment Plans to HEC Board

This afternoon, President Emmert appeared before the monthly meeting of the Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) in Seattle to present the University’s 2009-11 biennial operating budget proposal (just adopted last Thursday by the Board of Regents) and to discuss the UW’s 10-year enrollment and degree production plans. Emmert’s appearance before the HECB was a joint presentation with…


July 19, 2008

Joint Task Force on King County Stadium Revenues Gets Started

Too much going on this week to have managed to get this posted on Wednesday, but wanted to let those of you following the Husky Stadium issue know that the task force charged with developing recommendations on future use of revenues from Safeco Field, Qwest Field, the Kingdome and possibly the State Convention and Trade…


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