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Polimedia lunch links, 'let's party' edition

Eric Earling at Sound Politics responds to Gov. Chris Gregoire's recent assertion that the Building Industry Association of Washington "is the most powerful special interest lobby" in the state, pointing to the Dem's own PACs as evidence. In case you missed the Top of The News, Gov. Christine Gregoire's donors won big-time after they helped her squeak out a victory in 2004. ...

Eric Earling at Sound Politics responds to Gov. Chris Gregoire's recent assertion that the Building Industry Association of Washington "is the most powerful special interest lobby" in the state, pointing to the Dem's own PACs as evidence. In case you missed the Top of the News, Gov. Christine Gregoire's donors won big-time after they helped her squeak out a victory in 2004. ...

Party signs: A Tacoma architect is campaigning to rid the city's sidewalks of pesky campaign signs. The candidate that removes the most of his or her signs will get his vote. ...

Party pooper: Fox News has caught wind of the re-branding of Sen. Dino Rossi's party preference from "Republican" in 2004 to "GOP Party" in 2008, and the fair and balanced cable channel gives him hell for it. ...

Peer pressure: Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is big news today, as city mayors from around the country, following Nickels' lead, voted to stop spending taxpayer money to buy bottled water. ...

Party time: Barack Obama is set to throw more than a dozen "Unite for Change" parties throughout Idaho this Saturday. Still, don't bet on him showing up. ...

Party ready? SurveyUSA says The Straight-Talk Express is inching closer to Obama in Oregon. Washington state voters, on the other hand, still prefer Obama over McCain. Still, the Republican National Committee is ready for the fight in Oregon, and they've installed a new operative to get out the vote in the Beaver State. ...

Party's over: U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, D-Ore., has cancelled his biggest fundraising event of the summer — his annual golf tournament at Bandon Dunes golf links — after discovering a scheduling conflict. Oregon's Democrats, however, think it's because "not enough big money donors RSVP'd." ...

Designated drivers: Portland, unlike Seattle, is ready for light rail on their freeways. ...

Designated land: The Evergreen Freedom Foundation (EFF) spars with the state's decision to rent property and consolidate offices in Tumwater, saying (gasp) that the state is driving up rental rates in the area. ...

Disintegrating funds: As the Fed continues cutting payments to Oregon for logging and forestry, it's Oregon's schools that are suffering the consequences. ...

After party: Stateline.org reports on state legislatures' wonky post-session celebration procedures. In Washinton, we're a little boring. We "drop the handkerchief." Yawn. ...

Clark Fredricksen is a Crosscut staff writer. You can reach him at clark.fredricksen@crosscut.com.


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