January 9, 2007

UW Faculty in Olympia

It’s only the first week of the legislative session, but UW faculty are already making their mark in the state capital. Tomorrow, Oceanography professor Miles Logsdon will make a presentation to the Select Committee on Puget Sound titled “Introduction to the Puget Sound and Its Environment.”  The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room E…. Read More


January 8, 2007

Session Begins!

Today is January 8 and the first day of the 2007 legislative session.  On a personal note, this is my 20th legislative session, fourth with the UW.  It’s really my 24th session if you count my four and a half years in the state of California. Every year on the first day of session, I’m always… Read More


January 5, 2007

Jim Clements Appointed to Replace Sen. Alex Deccio

Yakima County commissioners agreed with local Republican precinct committee officers today and appointed Rep. Jim Clements (R-Selah) to replace Sen. Alex Deccio (R-Yakima) in the Washington State Senate.  Clements, who announced earlier this year he would not run for re-election to his House seat served in the legislature from the 14th district for 12 years. Deccio announced… Read More


January 4, 2007

Top Lawmakers Preview 2007 Session

Yesterday, Governor Gregoire and key state legislative leaders met with state capital reporters at the annual Associated Press “pre-session” forum in Olympia.  The 105-day session begins next Monday January 8, and most of the discussion at yesterday’s gathering focused on writing the $30 billion biennial operating budget. Democratic leaders Rep. Frank Chopp (D-Seattle) and Sen. Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) predicted… Read More


January 2, 2007

Women Rule in Washington State Politics

Happy New Year to all Capitol Update blog readers.  It’s cold, wet and rainy in Olympia today which can mean only one thing — the legislative session is just around the corner. Here’s an interesting story from David Ammons of the Associated Press and the dean of Olympia political reporters that stems from a new ranking… Read More


December 23, 2006

Holiday Hiatus

I will be away from the State Relations Blog for several days over the holidays.  Have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll see you after the New Year.


Senate Republicans Name Committee Assignments

Senate Republicans announced their 2007 committee assignments on Thursday December 21 according to a press release issued by Republican leader Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla). Joining four Senate Democrats (Sen. Paull Shin, Chair, Sen. Derek Kilmer, Vice Chair, Sen. Jean Berkey and Sen. Tim Sheldon) on the new Senate Higher Education Committee will be Sen. Jerome Delvin (R-Richland)… Read More


Governor Chooses New Deputy Chief of Staff

Governor Gregoire recently tapped Joyce Turner to replace Fred Olsen as her deputy chief of staff.  Olsen, who has been with Gregoire since her says as Director of Ecology under the Gardner administration is retiring. Here’s more on the staff change from Adam Wilson, who writes a blog for The Olympian.


December 21, 2006

Governor’s Budget Strong for Higher Ed and the UW

Governor Gregoire released her nearly $30 billion budget Tuesday December 19, and it is very strong for higher education and particularly the University of Washington. It is clearly the best budget for the UW to emerge from the Governor’s Office in a decade and if enacted would be an exceptional start to closing the per… Read More


December 20, 2006

Welcome to the State Relations Blog

Welcome to the new Office of State Relations Blog.  I intend to use this exciting new technology to communicate with you in a more timely and frequent manner about state government news and information, and to report on the University’s progress in achieving our goals and objectives during the upcoming 2007 legislative session. A blog allows… Read More