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  • Rossi presents himself to building industry audience

    02/20/2008 2:44:11 PM PST · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 100+ views
    The Columbian ^ | February 20, 2008 | MICHAEL ANDERSEN
    He may have boasted of his big family, his political rise and his legislative triumphs, but speaking Tuesday night before hundreds of Clark County building industry professionals, Dino Rossi was all businessman."I came from a world of no salary, no benefits; you don't work, you don't eat - I understand the free enterprise system," the Republican gubernatorial candidate said at the Vancouver event, to laughter and applause. "And I sign the front side of paychecks."Rossi, a former commercial real estate broker and state senator who lives in Sammamish, is five months into what he expects to be a rematch against...
  • Gregoire, Rossi in dead heat in poll

    02/18/2008 7:27:45 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies · 212+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | February 15, 2008 | Joel Connelly
    One feature of the four-year political struggle between Gov. Chris Gregoire and almost-Gov. Dino Rossi has been an abundance of suspect and self-serving opinion surveys. At last comes a poll, albeit with a few weeks under its belt, that surprised its takers. Washington Conservation Voters hired Grove Insight, Portland's top pollster, in November to see if Evergreen State voters are ready to walk the talk against global warming. WCV threw in a series of questions that were NOT mentioned in the Jan. 22 news release announcing poll results. The key finding: The Gregoire-Rossi race is dead even. In a trial...
  • Gregoire: 'Watch me' tear down the viaduct

    01/06/2008 5:06:49 PM PST · by Lorianne · 50 replies · 66+ views
    OLYMPIA-- With or without Seattle's approval, the state will tear down the earthquake-damaged Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2012, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday. "It's coming down in 2012. I'm taking it down -- the middle," she said, referring to the elevated portion of the span that runs roughly from Battery Street Tunnel to Pioneer Square, which has been the most vexing and controversial piece of the transportation puzzle. "That's the timeline. I'm not going to fudge on it. And if we don't have some alternative by then, boy are we going to have a mess on our hands because it's...
  • Washington governor endorses Obama (huge news for Barack)

    02/08/2008 9:38:10 AM PST · by jdm · 28 replies · 57+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb. 08, 2008 | by Alexander Mooney
    ~EXCERPT~ (CNN) — Barack Obama has won the backing of Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire, one day before that state is set to hold its Democratic primary. The Washington Democrat, who won the office in 2004 after a hand recount favored her by only 129 votes, said she found it difficult to choose between Obama and Hillary Clinton, but was ultimately drawn to the Illinois senator's charisma and leadership skills. **snip** Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have endorsed Clinton's White House bid.
  • With election in sight, governor will [now] tout frugality [WA state]

    12/26/2007 5:36:38 PM PST · by sionnsar · 15 replies · 99+ views
    Seattle P-I ^ | 12/26/2007 | David Ammons
    OLYMPIA -- For Gov. Chris Gregoire, apparently less is more. Heading into a bruising re-election battle with budget hawk Dino Rossi, the Democratic governor is adopting a high-profile penny-pinching role, saying that in these uncertain times, Olympia should sock away most of the state's $1.4 billion surplus. Although Gregoire can't rival Rossi in the fiscal conservatism department -- and would alienate her liberal base if she tried -- she views the 2008 legislative session as a prime opportunity to show voters that she's frugal and can restrain spending by her fellow Democrats. It's true that Gregoire is willing to leave...
  • Gregoire vs. Rossi: the sequel (Washington Gov. Race)

    12/20/2007 7:49:14 AM PST · by NCDragon · 12 replies · 288+ views
    Seattle Times.com ^ | December 20, 2007 | Joni Balter
    Top political experts have identified the Washington governor's race as one of the three most competitive in the country in 2008 — after Missouri and Indiana, where Republican governors are defending their jobs. If it seems completely twilight-zone weird that Washington's race is so tight, it is odder still when you realize that our state enjoys one of the nation's most bustling economies. Boeing is humming. Microsoft is strong. Unemployment is low. And yet Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire, who normally would bask in this reflected glory, appears vulnerable against her former and future opponent, Republican Dino Rossi. A recent survey...
  • Three plead guilty in fake voter scheme

    10/30/2007 2:13:05 PM PDT · by Monitor · 52 replies · 101+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | October 30, 2007 | Keith Ervin
    Three of seven defendants in the biggest voter-registration fraud scheme in Washington history have pleaded guilty and one has been sentenced, prosecutors said Monday. The defendants were all temporary employees of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, when they allegedly filled out and submitted more than 1,800 fictitious voter-registration cards during a 2006 registration drive in King and Pierce counties. No votes were cast in the names of the phony voters. Prosecutors said the defendants committed fraud in order to keep their jobs without actually registering voters. King County election workers brought the fraud to the attention...
  • WA: Rossi Makes it Official

    10/25/2007 11:31:13 AM PDT · by Publius · 66 replies · 58+ views
    KOMO-TV ^ | 25 October 2007
    Republican Dino Rossi, who lost the country's closest race for governor in 2004, said Thursday he'll seek a rematch with Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire next year. Rossi announced his closely watched decision in separate interviews with KOMO News and The Associated Press and planned campaign kickoff events in Issaquah, the heart of his old legislative district, and in Spokane. "It's time for fresh air in Olympia," he said. "I'm ready. I'm very excited about the prospect of changing this state." Rossi, the former state Senate budget chairman and a real estate investor, said he's running as an agent for change...
  • Health plan for children of illegal immigrants draws ire of GOP (WA state)

    01/10/2007 6:36:38 PM PST · by Sopater · 7 replies · 511+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | Wednesday, January 10, 2007 | Ralph Thomas
    OLYMPIA — Republican lawmakers are protesting a proposal by Gov. Christine Gregoire and Democratic lawmakers to expand state-funded health coverage for children of illegal immigrants. "They're not even citizens," said Rep. Bill Hinkle of Cle Elum, the ranking Republican on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. Hinkle said it doesn't make sense to cover illegal immigrants when there are so many other shortcomings in the state's health-care system. "This just drives folks back home nuts," he said. But the move is drawing widespread praise from hospitals, doctors and children's advocates. "In our opinion, every child should have medical coverage...
  • Supreme Court, Gregoire don't mix

    08/25/2006 9:06:16 AM PDT · by truth49 · 27 replies · 606+ views
    Spokesman-Review ^ | 8-25-06 | Justice Sanders
    W ashington Gov. Chris Gregoire recently announced she'll be dialing for big dollar contributions to her favorite political action committee to influence the course of this fall's Supreme Court elections. She has raised over $100,000 to date with some individual contributions in the $20,000-$30,000 range, all well above the $1,400 individual contribution limits to a candidate. Contrast this with Gov. Gregoire's May 1, 2006, Law Day speech to a dinner hosted by the Trial Lawyers. There she proclaimed judges should not be for sale and that large contributions to judicial campaigns threaten an independent judiciary. This comes from a governor...
  • Washington Senate: Cantwell By Six

    08/24/2006 5:39:18 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 39 replies · 1,257+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 24, 2006
    Cantwell (D) 46% McGavick (R) 40%
  • WA: Gregoire sends Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez $50 million bill

    07/17/2006 2:54:14 PM PDT · by llevrok · 33 replies · 1,127+ views
    Seattle P-I (AP) ^ | 7/17/06 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Gov. Chris Gregoire sent an invoice of nearly $50 million to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday, saying the federal government needs to reimburse the state for the cost of housing criminal illegal immigrants. Gregoire said that even though it's the federal government's responsibility to incarcerate illegal immigrants who have committed crimes, the state has been doing it for years. From July 2004 to June 2005, Gregoire said the state paid more than $27 million to house 995 prisoners. The Department of Justice has only reimbursed the state $1.7 million, and still owes $25.3 million. She's seeking an...
  • Vicente Fox talking trade, immigration with Governor Gregoire during Washington visit

    05/24/2006 8:01:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 331+ views
    KXLY.com ^ | 5/24/06 | AP -Yakima
    YAKIMA, WASH. -- Mexican President Vicente Fox arrived in Yakima Wednesday afternoon for a two-day tour of the Evergreen State during which he'll meet with migrant farmworkers and talk immigration, trade and education issues with Governor Christine Gregoire. Fox and his wife were greeted when they arrived in Yakima Wednesday afternoon by Governor Christine Gregoire and her husband, Mike. Two children from Yakima -- nine-year-old Victoria Morales and her four-year-old brother, Marques -- presented the Foxes with flowers. President Fox gave the governor a kiss on the cheek and circled around their SUV to open its door for her as...
  • U.S. senator wants to know why Medicaid funded sex operations

    03/10/2006 7:17:35 PM PST · by vwunpimsmyride · 56 replies · 1,093+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 10MAR06 | Alicia Mundy
    U.S. senator wants to know why Medicaid funded sex operations By Alicia Mundy Seattle Times Washington bureau WASHINGTON — The head of the Senate Finance Committee wants Gov. Christine Gregoire to explain why the state's Medicaid system is paying for erectile implants, sex-change operations and breast enlargements. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said, in a letter sent Thursday to Gregoire, that he has asked the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to look at what he considers dubious expenses discovered in the state's 2004 audit. Grassley, who led the charge in Congress against Medicaid payments for...
  • Semi-News: Washington Governor Troubled by Tax-Break Fever

    02/23/2006 7:37:28 AM PST · by John Semmens · 4 replies · 231+ views
    azconservative ^ | 19 Feb 2006 | John Semmens
    Democratic Governor Christine Gregoire, increasingly concerned that tax-break fever has gripped the Legislature, warned that she'll use her veto pen if necessary. "Granting a tax break is spending money," Gregoire told a news conference. "We have got to kill this notion that income and wealth belong to those who earn it. Wealth and income belong to the state. It is up to the people’s representatives to spend this money wisely. Granting tax refunds is not wise.” Gregoire said the government needs all the money it can get. “Giving money back to taxpayers would be a colossal blunder,” said Gregoire. “Once...
  • Warning: Winning a Super Bowl bet can be hazardous to your governor

    01/28/2006 9:29:23 PM PST · by serendepitylives · 41 replies · 1,324+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1/29/2006 | Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Editorial
    Warning: Winning a superbowl maybe hazordous to your Gov. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review One look at what the elected officials have wagered on their state's Super Bowl representative provides the answer. If the Steelers triumph over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL a week from today, Gregoire will send Rendell a bushel of Washington apples, some Seattle clam chowder and an apple and apricot candy known as applets and cotlets in the Pacific Northwest. Should the Seahawks win, Rendell will provide Gregoire what can only be described as an artery-clogging array of victuals. We can only imagine the horror on
  • Washington State Supreme Court to hear petition to recall Christine Gregoire

    01/28/2006 9:53:54 AM PST · by connectthedots · 9 replies · 442+ views
    connectthedots | 01/28/06 | connectthedots
    The Washington State supreme Court will be hearing my petition to recall Washington Governor Christine Gregoire - Supreme Court case No. 77345-9; around the end of February. hopefully, I got all the HTML correct so it is readable Here is the body of the Appellate Brief A. ASSIGNMENTS OF ERROR 1. The trial erred by not finding Charge 1 to be factually and legally sufficient. 2. The trial court erred by not finding Charge 2 to be factually and legally sufficient 3. The trial court erred by not finding Charge 3 to be factually and legally sufficient. 4. The trial...
  • 11,500 Dead Washingtonians Still Registered To Vote

    01/26/2006 4:24:20 PM PST · by pissant · 69 replies · 1,438+ views
    KOMO 4 News ^ | 1/26/06 | staff
    EVERETT - A statewide computer sweep of voter registration records in Washington found 11,500 voters listed as dead by the state Health Department. The sweep this month also found 36,000 voters who appear to be registered in two counties. The manager of the new $6 million database project, Pam Floyd, says the names have been flagged for further scrutiny. Snohomish County immediately canceled the voter registrations for the more than 1,400 dead people. The state has 3.5 million registered voters. Monthly sweeps are planned for duplicate and deceased voters. In March, officials plan to create the first comprehensive list of...
  • Mrs. Gregoire's legitimacy problem

    12/08/2005 12:39:58 PM PST · by sionnsar · 18 replies · 890+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 12/08/2005 | Stefan Sharkansky
    Joni Balter looks at the latest KING5/SurveyUSA poll which shows off Mrs. Gregoire's chronically low approval ratings. Balter writes off Gregoire's unpopularity as an (unjustified) "perception problem". Balter understatedly acknowledges, but doesn't fully comprehend Gregoire's "whiff of illegitimacy". The latest Strategic Visions poll of Washington registered voters has some instructive details -- Continue reading "Mrs. Gregoire's legitimacy problem" 1. Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Christine Gregoire's job performance? Approve 37% Disapprove 55% 6. If the Election for Governor in 2008 was between the Democrat Christine Gregoire and the Republican, Dino Rossi, whom would you vote for? Dino Rossi...
  • Legislator derides 'holiday tree' in Washington state Capitol

    12/08/2005 1:15:41 PM PST · by sionnsar · 9 replies · 373+ views
    OregonLive ^ | 12/08/2005
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A state legislator is unhappy that some seasonal greenery in Olympia has been designated the "Capitol Holiday Kids' Tree." Gov. Christine Gregoire should declare the 30-foot noble fir in the Legislative Building a Christmas tree and post "Merry Christmas" signs nearby, Rep. John Ahern, R-Spokane, said Wednesday on talk radio, urging listeners to call the governor's office. The current display shows a lack of respect for Christian tradition, Ahern said. "We're a Judeo-Christian nation. Of course we should have 'Merry Christmas' on signs there," he said. "Our Constitution guarantees us freedom of religion, not freedom from...