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UPDATE – Salary commission just set pay – giving Supreme Court justices higher pay than governor


If case you wondered, Gov. Jay Inslee isn’t getting a pay raise this year – or in 2014. But the nine members of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen will get raises on Sept. 1 – when their pay rises above that even of the governor.

The Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials finished its work today and it is holding pay for governor – the top elected official’s spot – at $166,891. That’s the same it’s been since September 2008, shortly before the economy’s bottom fell out.

UPDATE: “It’s appropriate for these times

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Former Secretary of State Reed to speak at luncheon Wednesday

Former three-term secretary of state Sam Reed is scheduled to talk about his 45 years of public service in Lacey during the Wednesday noon luncheon of the Thurston County Mainstream Republicans. The talk is at the Hawks Prairie Restaurant and admission is $2 – plus lunch.

Reed, a social moderate who created the Mainstream Republicans of Washington political group, stepped down in January after serving 12 years overseeing the Office of the Secretary of State. Fellow Republican Kim Wyman won election last fall to take his place. Reed also served 23 years as Thurston County auditor and also worked as assistant

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Voter pamphlet for primaries, handful of other elections bills are ready to move

Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt says he is prepared to hold votes on a handful of elections bills in his Government Operations and Elections Committee starting next week. Among them is a Republican-sponsored bill from Rep. Gary Alexander <a href=”” target=”_blank”><b> to pay for a state voter pamphlet for primary elections </b></a> in even-numbered years.

The lack of a printed state voter pamphlet in primaries was an issue in last year’s race for secretary of state, and both Republican victor Kim Wyman and her challenger Kathleen Drew came out in favor of the guide. The elections agency already produces an online pamphlet and

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