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  Nice guy, but what kind of legacy will [Gov.] Locke leave?
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Last EditedRalphie  Dec 06, 2004 11:04pm
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
News DateMonday, December 6, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionAs a break from the never-ending political wars of this autumn, this scribe has now gone to three celebrations and roasts of Washington's outgoing Gov. Gary Locke.

One more Locke tribute ought to be timed to coincide with a winter snowfall: It's the only way of being sure that Locke leaves footprints in the state over which he has presided for nearly eight years.

Locke is celebrated -- accurately -- as a smart and hard-working guy, an exceptional husband and parent, and -- in words from his longtime political adviser, Blair Butterworth -- "a different face than our history books normally put on a governor."

As the World Affairs Council feted Locke, however, business leaders were wringing their hands over a projected worsening of the state's transportation gridlock.

As Locke was celebrated as "the education governor," educators were wondering how young people will find space in our four-year colleges and bucks to pay soaring tuition bills.

Monday morning quarterbacks in this state's media have been out in force of late, running down the campaign run by Democratic gubernatorial nominee Christine Gregoire.

Is it any wonder, however, that Republican Dino Rossi struck a resonant chord by attacking inertia in Olympia?
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