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Thursday, November 1, 2007

Gregoire a "Public Official of the Year"

And on the cover of Governing Magazine to boot:
Christine Gregoire wasn't an outsider when she became governor of Washington in 2005: She had previously served as both state attorney general and environmental protection chief. But she faced a situation she had never prepared for. Her cliffhanger election, disputed for months in the courts, was still not accepted by much of the Republican opposition. Nevertheless, she set right to work with a series of new initiatives, including a bold experiment in open management — allowing reporters and citizens into regular meetings where department heads frankly discuss the details of agency performance and how to improve it. After a year, even Republicans were conceding that Gregoire had brought state government a transparency it had never known before.
Gregoire on the cover of GoverningGovernor, all of us at NPI are extremely proud of you - you deserve this award. Congratulations and thank you so much for your leadership.

This honor is really just another confirmation of Governor Gregoire's effectiveness as our state's chief executive. She listens. She negotiates. She opens up the political process. She delivers for Washington families. She has made Olympia more responsive and accountable.

As for Republican Dino Rossi, well... he can't even explain how he's going to vote.


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