State Relations

May 11, 2008

Gregoire and Rossi Party Together?

Last Friday night, a party was held in the Temple of Justice in Olympia for long-time AP reporter Dave Ammons who is retiring after 37 years covering state politics.  Ammons is now commnications director for the Secretary of State. Lots of folks were there it seems, including the two major candidates for Governor — incumbant…


May 8, 2008

Rep. Shirley Hankins Will Not Run for Re-Election

Add another name to the list of incumbant state legislators who will not return in 2009. Rep. Shirley Hankins (R-Richland) announced yesterday that she will not seek re-election to her 8th legislative district seat.  Hankins becomes the 10th member of the state House who will not run for office this November. Hankins, 76, has served in the…


Is Reduced State Support for Higher Education A Good Thing?

Interesting report released on Tuesday of this week from Moody’s Investors Service and a follow-up story in the Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday. For years now, higher education leaders have decried the steady decline in the percentage of higher education funding supported by state tax dollars and the corresponding shift in funding to tuition, private…


May 7, 2008

Rep. Hans Dunshee on the Mend

Today’s Everett Herald reports that Rep. Hans Dunshee (D-Snohomish) is recovering after being hospitalized for five days last month for a serious staph infection.  According to the article, Dunshee cut his leg getting in and out of his kayak and the cut became badly infected. Dunshee is the Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and…


May 5, 2008

Wisconsin’s Take on Losing Bruce Shepard to Western

Lots of news in the local paper’s recently about university presidential compensation which I’m sure most of you have read by now. Here’s another story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that looks at presidential compensation from the viewpoint of a state that’s beginning to think it might have become a farm team for training everyone…


May 2, 2008

Higher Ed Leaders Send Letter to Presidential Candidates

Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board Executive Director Ann Daley has co-signed a letter along with dozens of other national higher education leaders to presidential candidates Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain urging them to address the nation’s major higher education challenges. The letter states that by the end of the next President’s first term,…


Olympia News and Notes

Here are a few items of note from the state capitol that made news this past week. TVW, the state’s public affairs network has a new President.  Greg Lane, former deputy chief of staff to Attorney General Rob McKenna assumed the helm of Washington’s “C-SPAN” station on May 1.  Lane succeeds former TVW President Cindy Zehnder…


April 30, 2008

I’d Prefer “Melancholy” to “Pessimistic”

Here’s a story that popped up on the web a couple of days ago summarizing the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) most recent fiscal survey of the states.  SPOILER WARNING: you might get depressed if you read any further. If you’re a regular reader of this blog you know that budget misery is infecting…


April 25, 2008

New Update Available on Global Challenge States

Now that session is almost a distant memory, I’ve had some time to attend to other duties, one of which is providing an update on what’s happening in other states that are home to the UW’s global challenge peer universities. You may recall that since the passage of legislation in the 2007 session establishing the…


April 23, 2008

New Western Washington University President to be Named

Western Washington University is close to naming a new president. Bruce Shepard, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay is expected to be chosen by the Western trustees as the school’s 13th president at their meeting this Friday.  Shepard, 61, has been chancellor of the Green Bay campus since 2001.  He came to the school from Eastern Oregon…


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