This editorial will appear in Monday’s print edition.
The best kind of attorney is honest, on top of the case, tough in the courtroom but ready to bargain.
The description fits Washington’s departing governor, Chris Gregoire, a lawyer to her bones.
We didn’t endorse Gregoire when she first ran in 2004, and her margin of victory, a freakishly minuscule five-thousandth of a percent, was a statistical tie – barely a win, let alone a mandate.
Her first term was impressive in some ways, disappointing in others. She abetted, for example, a massive expansion of casino gambling without pressing Washington’s Indian nations into sharing revenues with the state. The tribes won the jackpot; the public simply lost. Read more »