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Tag: Legislative Ethics Board


Ethics board clears McCune

Even though it’s an election year, legislators are free to rile up their constituents at public expense without breaking the law.

That’s why the Legislative Ethics Board has cleared Rep. Jim McCune of an allegation that he misused public resources with his newsletter.

The e-mail the Graham Republican sent Feb. 13 sounds like a pretty typical Olympia call to action. Titled, “TAX INCREASE ALERT – Help Stop Senate Bill 6130,” it opposed the Democrats’ ultimately successful attempt to suspend voter-approved Initiative 960 that made it harder to raise taxes. It asked constituents to oppose the bill at

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No betting on end of session

The talk around the Capitol campus is the odds of lawmakers finishing on time Thursday (it isn’t looking good), but don’t be placing any bets.

It could fall under the same prohibitions that keep legislative employees from doing something that apparently used to be common around here: placing bets on the exact hour and minute that the two-year session would end.

Employees would pay into a pool and write on a slip of paper the time that the speaker and lieutenant governor would bring down their gavels on the final day. Winners would collect.

“Historically that was always one of

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