Spin Control archive for Jan. 2010

SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2010

Taking the temperature

“They’re working at a fever pitch,” -- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire, describing legislative activity last Monday.OLYMPIA – When one is the new guy in town, it often behooves one to withhold judgment on things that seem different than the place where one used to be....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2010

Honoring Japanese internees, Vietnam veterans

OLYMPIA -- Japanese-American students pulled out of college and sent to internment camps during World War II would be eligible for honorary degrees under a bill approved by a legislative committee.Members of the South Vietnamese army who came to the United States after the Vietnam...

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Rep. Alex Wood, D-Spokane, was one of several state lawmakers who on Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, praised the heroism and the dangerous work done by the seven Columbia astronauts. (Rich Roesler, Spokesman-Review)

Wood says he'll wait to endorse successor 

Retiring Rep. Alex Wood said Friday he won't endorse any candidates vying to replace him until at least after the June election filing deadline.Wood, a Democrat, serves the 3rd Legislative District representing central Spokane."I wouldn't be surprised if I don't endorse anyone except the final...

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WA Lege Day 19: Of homes and homeless 

OLYMPIA -- It is Housing and Homeless Advocacy Day today, with the state's Low Income Housing Alliance will be meeting in and around the Capitol.The House is set to vote on a bill that allows churches to host temporary homeless camps on their property and...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

Pine Lodge could remain open

OLYMPIA – Washington state will delay plans to close the Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women to see whether it can stay open as a facility shared by Spokane County and City.State Corrections Secretary Eldon Vail announced Thursday the Medical Lake center is getting a...

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Fact Check: State of the Union 

Wonder what to believe among all the things you heard before, during and after President Barack Obama's "State of the Union" speech?PolitiFact.com breaks down some of the comments of both sides. Click here to see who was lying and who was truthing.And as a bonus,...

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9th Circ: WA felons can't register yet

OLYMPIA -- Voter registration drives may as well skip the state prisons for now. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put a temporary hold on its order that felons should be able to vote in Washington, even if they are in prison.The Appeals Court...

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After Councilman Bob Apple denied endorsing John Ahern's campaign for the 6th Legislative District this week, Ahern's campaign released this page which they say shows Councilman Bob Apple's signature on an endorsement form. The campaign blocked other names and contact information. (Citizens for Ahern)

More on Apple's endorsement of Ahern 

John Ahern's campaign released this form Wednesday after Bob Apple denied endorsing Ahern. Both Ahern and his campaign manager, Josh Kerns, said they witnessed Apple signing it last year at the county fair.The top of the form is quite clear: "I endorse John Ahern for...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

Traffic cams under fire 

OLYMPIA—Spokane and any other city in Washington that uses cameras to catch red-light runners could have their ticket fines limited to $25 under a proposal before the Legislature.State Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Pierce County, the prime sponsor of House Bill 2780, said the cameras create an...

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At his home, Bob Apple , candidate for council district 1 watches early results of him leading opponent Terry Beaudreau. (Colin Mulvany)

Apple says he'll compete for Wood's seat

The field of candidates is growing in the race to replace retiring Democratic state Rep. Alex Wood.Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple confirmed this week that he will compete for Wood’s seat representing the 3rd Legislative District, the most reliably Democratic district in eastern Washington.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

WA Lege: How to handle cops who lie? 

OLYMPIA -- Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick was among law enforcement brass who told said they should be allowed to fire an officer who lies without fear of being overruled by an arbitrator.Kirkpatrick joined sheriffs from King and Chelan counties who supported SB 6590, which...

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WA Lege: Assault weapon ban in bull's eye 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to ban certain semi-automatic firearms was praised by the mother of a shooting victim and a city police chief, but roundly panned by gun-rights activists.The proposal, SB 6396, which would ban weapons commonly called "military style assault weapons" once covered by...

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MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010


Gov to Congress: Health Care? Get 'er done.

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire and a phalanx of state officials who deal with health care tried to send a message to a Congress that may be wavering on the issue in the wake of last week's U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts:"Regardless of one election,...

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Rothenburg: 3 NW races in play

Political pundit & prognasticator Stuart Rothenburg lists several Pacific Northwest races as ones to watch in the 2010 congressional elections.Like many politicos, he lists Idaho's Walt Minnick, a freshman Democratic congressman representing a Republican district. Idaho's 1st Congressional District is listed "Toss Up, tilt Republican.Rothenburg...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2010

FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010


WA Lege Day 11: Buenos Dias

It is Hispanic/Latino Legislative Day.It's also the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, so abortion rights advocates will be demonstrating on the Capitol steps. Expectation is this demonstation will be smaller than the anti-abortion rally earlier this week, which drew more than...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

Brown: Jobs plan coming Tuesday 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate could vote as early as Friday on a bill to require most state workers to take a day off a month without pay, Majority Leader Lisa Brown said today. Plans to cut costs or raise taxes will come out in phases,...

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McKenna stubs out some cigarette sales

OLYMPIA -- Smokers who like Bronco, Champion, GT, Silver or 32degrees brand may want to stock up by the middle of February.As of Feb. 19, they have to be pulled from the shelves in Washington stores. Attorney General Rob McKenna is ordering them out of...

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Chopp: Taxes on airplanes, out-of-state companies 

OLYMPIA -- House Speaker Frank Chopp said Democrats continue examining a wide range of tax changes or "revenue enhancements" to help close the state's budget gap, but when asked for specifics came up with two.One is eliminating a tax exemption for private airplanes, which he...

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