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Archives: Sep. 2011

Sep.
29th

Surprise! McKenna campaign’s “secret” birthday gift idea for Rob: Mo’ money

Have they got a great gift idea for you…

In a mass-distributed email sent this morning, Attorney General Rob McKenna‘s campaign has come up with a “surprise” gift idea for the 2012 gubernatorial candidate’s upcoming birthday.

And, the campaign has recruited the candidate’s wife, Marilyn McKenna, to personally tell you all about it.

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In a plea to presumably thousands of supporters on the campaign’s recipients’ list, Mrs. McKenna intones:

“Friends, I want to share a secret with you. Rob’s birthday is this Saturday, and I’m hoping you’ll join me in creating a birthday surprise for him.”

Washington’s would-be First

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Sep.
29th

Evergreen State, other college workers approve contract with pay cut

Custodians, librarians and other classified workers at The Evergreen State College have approved a contract that will cut their pay by 3 percent for one year.

A similar contract was approved this month by classified workers at 12 community colleges including South Puget Sound and Tacoma.

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Sep.
28th

Audit: State earned $1.3M rebate on bank cards

State auditors released an audit this morning that gives a pretty clean report on the Department of General Administration’s handling of bank cards by state employees across the state. It says the program saved the state from preparing 380,000 separate payments to vendors and also earned rebates for about 30 state agencies that totaled almost $1.3 million in 2010.

Go here for the full audit, which is the first statewide look at the use of the cards. Auditor Brian Sonntag’s staff said the larger look was due because purchases for

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Sep.
28th

Vietnam wall inscription spurs a debate

The state Department of Veterans Affairs has been working for a couple of years to add an inscription near the state Vietnam Veterans Memorial that honors both Republican of Vietnam and U.S. soldiers who fought on the same side in Southeast Asia.

Thurston County veteran Hal Lymus said he and others on a Vietnam veterans committee object to putting the inscription near a monument intended to honor Washington residents who died or were missing in action. He said he and others hope to air out their differences in a 1 p.m. forum Saturday at the Capitol’s

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Sep.
28th

Hastings takes aim at ‘ocean zoning’

U.S. Rep. Richard “Doc” Hastings has found a new target: ocean zoning.

The Pasco Republican and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, intends to have a hearing on the topic next Tuesday.

It comes after President Barack Obama last year signed an executive order creating a task force to examine new ocean policies, including a requirement known as marine special planning, commonly called ocean zoning, in U.S. waters.

Hastings called it a “heavily bureaucratic initiative” that requires strong oversight by Congress.

“The president’s new national ocean policy is one more example of this administration imposing burdensome federal regulations and

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