State Relations

September 8, 2008

Capitol Press Corps Suffers Another Blow

I meant to note this on the blog last week, but I got so darned sick on Friday I actually had to go home (and that last happened around Thanksgiving in 1990 — I think). David Postman, chief political reporter for the Seattle Times and a fixture in Olympia for years is leaving the profession.  Postman announced…


September 5, 2008

Husky Stadium Contract: Setting the Record Straight

Yesterday afternoon, a friend of mine sent me a link to a blog post on the website of the Washington Policy Center — a conservative think tank based in Seattle. Seems they ran across a personal services contract between the UW and Robert Longman which they correctly pointed out was for “legislative drafting and fiscal analysis related to the 2008…


September 3, 2008

State Appoints New Chief Economist

The state has found a permanent replacement for Dr. ChangMook Sohn as executive director of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Arun Raha, Vice President for Economic Research and Consulting at Swiss Re in New York was named yesterday as the state’s second “chief economist” the person who decides how much general fund money the Governor…


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…


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