State Relations

May 23, 2007

Waterfront Expansion in Western’s Future?

For the past several years, the city of Bellingham has been discussing the future of their waterfront.  Up until recently, the waterfront was underutilized and dominated by an old Georgia Pacific mill site that virtually sat at the apex of downtown Bellingham and the picturesque Bellingham Bay.  At the same time, student demand for access

May 21, 2007

Governor Creates P-20 Council

Governor Gregoire signed an executive order today that creates the “P-20 Council” called for in the November 2006 Washington Learns final report.  The council will be primarily responsible for driving progress towards all of the ten-year education goals proposed in the report.  The council is also charged with improving student success and transitions within and

Future Statewide Office in the Future for Lisa Brown?

A persistent rumor that raced through the hallways of the state capitol during the last few weeks of the 2007 legislative session was the notion that Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) might be contemplating a run for State Treasurer in 2008.  Mike Murphy, the incumbant State Treasurer has indicated he will not run again

May 17, 2007

Governor Signs Budget Bills — 2007 Officially “Closed”

It’s always easy to fall into the trap that a legislative session ends when the gavel falls on Sine Die.  But Olympia veterans know that while state legislators, lobbyists and staffers may have left town quicker than the Husky varsity 8 at the Pac-10 crew championships, there are hundreds of bills (including the budgets) that

May 15, 2007

Two State Legislators To Run for Snohomish County Council

While this is the off year for state election campaigns, many local elected offices are open and two more state legislators have expressed an interest in running for a local seat. In Snohomish County, councilmember Kirke Sievers is required to leave office at the end of this year after serving three terms as the representative

Some Sad News from the State Capitol

Just learned this morning that former state senator Bob Oke passed away last night after a long battle with multiple myeloma, a rare form of blood cancer.  Oke, a Republican, served in the state Senate from 1991 to 2006 and represented the 26th legislative district (Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, and parts of Bremerton).  He was an

May 11, 2007

Revenue Keeps Rolling In

A front page story in this morning’s Olympian notes that state revenue collections have been $141 million “higher” than expected since the last revenue forecast update in March.  As the article indicates, the March forecast presumed that the weakening housing sector would be a significant drag on consumer spending and state revenue growth.  Strong aerospace and

May 10, 2007

Governor Signs Remaining WA Learns Bills — Budgets on May 15

At a ceremony yesterday morning at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Governor Gregoire signed a number of education bills, including most of the remaining higher education bills related to her Washington Learns initiative.  Specific measures enacted into state law include: E2SSB 5098 which establishes the College Bound Scholarship program for low income students identified

May 6, 2007

WSU’s New President to Start May 21st

Washington State University’s (WSU) Board of Regents met this past Friday and announced that Elson Floyd will become WSU’s 10th president effective Monday May 21.  Floyd, who was most recently president of the University of Missouri, will succeed V. Lane Rawlins who is stepping down after serving as the school’s president since June 2000. Floyd previously served as executive

May 2, 2007

Rep. John Lovick to Run For Sheriff

Seattle Times political reporter David Postman reports this morning in his blog that Rep. John Lovick (D-Mill Creek) has annouced that he will run this fall for Snohomish County Sheriff.  Lovick should be familiar to many observers of the state legislature since he has served as House Speaker Pro-Tem (presiding officer) for the last several

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