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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 11 at 6:56AM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH

Today

Hi39° Chance Rain and Patchy Fog then Rain

Tonight

Lo34° Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain then Slight Chance Showers

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi47° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo35° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi56° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo39° Mostly Cloudy

Secrecy endowed

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Our governor is entitled, by the constitution, to operate in a shroud of secrecy, the state Supreme Court has ruled. Our governor is due to the same black cloak of “executive privilege” granted President Richard Nixon as he tried to block disclosure of his secrets. The state’s long tradition of open government, the Public Records Act approved by voters requiring records be open unless specifically exempt, none of that applies to the state’s executive. Should a citizen ask to view a document, the governor may “invoke a gubernatorial communications privilege” in response. The governor need not provide further justification. The citizen will have to go to court to prove a particular need, expensive and unlikely.

The 8-1 ruling Oct. 17 in Freedom Foundation v. Gregoire, turns the state’s open government law on its head. Where a record was presumed open unless government justified a need for secrecy, a governor’s record can now be presumed secret until a citizen invests the time and effort to pry it loose. The openness the law says is required of all government does not apply to the governor, for it infringes on the separation of powers. “The (Public Records Act) cannot override this constitutional delegation of power; any such attempt must come through constitutional amendment,” the court majority said, citing Nixon’s case as precedent.

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