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"The governor said he had listened to the concerns of survivors of public safety officers killed in the line of duty and others who claimed the initiative would end death and disability payments. While the governor said the initiative was never intended to end the special benefits, he acknowledged that the criticism had clouded the issue."

"He denied that he was swayed by public pressure."

Politics:

The Washington Post's Jeffrey Birnbaum looks at a study by the Center for Public Integrity concluding that the government has failed to keep track of the billions of dollars that lobbyists spend yearly. Last year, corporations, labor unions, and interest groups spent more than $3 billion in 2004, up from $1.6 billion in 1998, Birnbaum reports, but there hasn't exactly been strict observance of lobbying regulations -- with 14,000 required disclosure documents not filed. LINK

More trouble in Washington as King County election officials say they don't know how closely the number of absentee ballots returned matches the number counted, prompting a call for an investigation by former Secretary of State Sam Reed. In the past week, election officials said 93 absentee ballots weren't counted. LINK

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