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How many votes did your state lawmaker miss?

You can find out below, courtesy of a count by Washington Votes. But the more interesting part of the report out today might be the excuses lawmakers gave for missing votes.

Some are pretty compelling: illnesses, surgeries, disabilities. Others, not so much. Read them below, too.

Living near Olympia didn’t help attendance records. Four of the six most frequently absent House members were from the South Sound. Led by Rep. Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw (163 missed votes), whose wife has been recovering from brain surgery, the list also includes Reps. Geoff Simpson of Covington (91), Cary Condotta of Wenatchee (80), Reuven Carlyle of Seattle (75), Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma (67) and Dennis Flannigan of Tacoma (67).

The most frequently absent senator was Sen. Bob McCaslin of Spokane Valley (491), who was hospitalized during session, followed by Sens. Darlene Fairley of Lake Forest Park (96), Janéa Holmquist of Moses Lake (85), Cheryl Pflug of Maple Valley (78) and Dale Brandland of Bellingham (69).

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Health official running for Flannigan’s seat

A public-health official and community activist has joined the crowded field seeking Rep. Dennis Flannigan‘s seat.

Democrat Laurie Jinkins announced her bid today to replace the retiring 27th District House member. She’s touting endorsements from the district’s other representative, Jeannie Darneille, and a number of other political notables.

Jinkins is deputy director of the Pierce County Health Department. She said if elected she would be the first openly lesbian politician elected to state office in Washington history.

Others running include Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey, Hilltop activist Janis Gbalah, North End attorney Ken Nichols and Eastside Tacoma resident Dale Woodard.

After the jump, Jinkins’s press release:

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Dennis Flannigan won’t seek re-election to Legislature

State Rep. Dennis Flannigan, D-Tacoma, has announced he will not seek re-election this year.

Nathe Lawver, chairman of the Pierce County Democratic Party, just shared this e-mail from Flannigan:

Dear Democratic Friends,


Dear 27th District Democrat, and friend:

What’s true? It is true I am not planning to return to the Washington State Legislature in 2011.

I am not running for the legislature in the 27th District, and want anyone interested in running to learn by this email what has been a long pondered decision, but in the end, and easy decision.

I have no plans to endorse

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Morning update: Day 33

Good morning on Day 33 of the legislative session. Here’s a roundup of what’s happening in Olympia:

  • State leaders will get a good idea of the scope of the budget problem facing the state when the latest revenue forecast comes in.  The projection of money coming into the state through June 30, 2011, will help bean counters resize a budget shortfall that now stands at $2.7 billion.
  • The Olympian’s Brad Shannon has the details on a sales tax increase proposed by Rep. Dennis Flannigan of Tacoma to help deal with that shortfall.  The 1-penny tax would be

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