Spin Control

FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015



WALeg Day 47: Senate could vote on gas tax proposals

OLYMPIA -- The Senate is likely to vote on proposals to raise the state's gasoline tax, a Republican version that includes changes in transportation policy their caucus says are needed reforms and a Democratic alternative without those changes that caucus refers to as a "clean" proposal.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015



WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015


TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2015


SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2015

Sunday Spin: Some bills on life-support 

OLYMPIA – Friday was a cut-off day for the Legislature. That’s not to say the weather has been so good that we can shed our raincoats and don jeans that have been shortened by scissors. Rather it is a term for deadlines the Legislature imposes on itself to pare down the hundreds of bills that get introduced.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

WALeg Day 40: Selling body parts would be a felony. . .  

OLYMPIA – Selling or displaying human remains for commercial purposes would be illegal under a bill approved Friday by a House committee – except if it’s being done for educational reasons or by a museum. The Public Safety Committee was told this week sales of skulls and other body parts on the Internet is increasing "for some macabre reason."

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WALeg Day 40: Short day on deadline 

OLYMPIA -- Today is the last day for policy bills to get out of their first committee, but almost all that are getting out have already got out. The House has a smattering of committee meetings this morning. The Senate is absent with leave. Along with being the first cut-off day, it is, after all, Friday...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015


Stuckart, Allen, Romero and Me on Public TV 

Last week, I helped lead the discussion on KSPS-TV's "Talk to City Hall," where Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart, Councilman Mike Allen and utilities chief, Rick Romero, talked about all kinds of stuff. The live, call-in show covered topics ranging from this year's elections,...

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AG seeks $2,000 penalty in gay wedding flower case

OLYMPIA -- The florist who was found guilty of violating state law by refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding should pay a $2,000 penalty. But Attorney General Bob Ferguson said court costs and fees should only be $1 if Barronnelle Stutzman agrees not to discriminate again.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2015


TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

WSU med school bills hit detour 

OLYMPIA -- Bills that would give Washington State University the authority to start a medical school in Spokane, which last week seemed on the fast track, have hit a legislative detour. Budget committees in each house will hold hearings on the costs of a proposed medical school before floor votes are allowed.

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WALeg Day 37: Vaccines, aerospace wages, transpo reforms

OLYMPIA -- Heavy day of committee hearings with a wide range of topics, including vaccination exemptions for children and Senate Republicans' plans for transportation system reforms. Committees will try to beat the clock and vote on many bills they've previously heard, like a higher minimum wage for aerospace workers.

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