Spent yesterday up at the state Capitol in Salem, at an Associated Press meeting with about 20 other Oregon newspaper editors and publishers. Got to meet the leaders of the state Legislature, and Oregon's Governor, Ted Kulongoski (who is much shorter than I'd expected). It was the day Oregon's state budget for 2005-2006 was released, so the Capitol was buzzing with activity, and the various politicians that addressed our meeting all had their spin on the budget (Democrats good, Republicans "meh").
Oregon's Capitol building is one of the nicer ones I've seen, all marble and impressive, and the big golden statue on top of the dome that manages to shine no matter how overcast it is. Odd sight of the day was a scruffy-looking dog who appeared to be wandering around the polished floors of the Legislature unattended. The governor's dog?