Spin Control archive for March 2010

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2010

Pentagon will wait for Airbus tanker bid 

So this is how much clout the Washington congressional delegation has: A day after five House members join in a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to keep the schedule on track for building a new tanker to replace the KC-135, the Pentagon announces...It will...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010


WA congresspersons to Pentagon: Keep tanker timeline

Five members of Washington’s congressional delegation joined an effort to keep the Pentagon from delaying its selection the builder of the next air refueling tanker by asking Defense Secretary Robert Gates not to extend the timeline for making that choice.Without mentioning either company by name,...

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WA Lege SpecSess: Stuck in a rut? 

OLYMPIA -- The familiar pattern of no apparent movement on the Legislature's budget log jam is expected to continue today. The two houses have pro forma sessions, but most members aren't here, so nothing of substance will be done.Negotiations among House and Senate Democratic leaders...

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MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010

Health Care Reform: One waiver, one challenge

OLYMPIA – Washington state may be first in line for one aspect of the new federal Health Care Reform law, submitting a request for some $180 million in federal money to help with pay for the state’s Basic Health Plan.U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell joined several...

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WA Lege SpecSess: No end in sight, part 2

OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and House Speaker Frank Chopp tried to make things look and sound as cordial as possible today, but they still lead two opposing views on figuring out a budget fix and getting the heck out of Dodge.Of course,...

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WA Lege Spec Sess: No end in sight

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature has nothing scheduled today except a pro forma session in the Senate at noon.That's also the time that U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, Gov. Chris Gregoire, state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, and state House Speaker Frank Chopp have a press...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2010

FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

What do you do on Earth Hour? 

Turn out the lights.Or at least, that's what will happen at the Capitol Building in Olympia and City Hall in Spokane from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. It's part of a worldwide observance of Earth Hour. Not to be confused with Earth Day,...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2010



WA Lege SpecSess: Tax committee being formed

OLYMPIA -- In an effort to break the logjam over which taxes to raise, the Legislature will appoint a conference committee with three members from each chamber to try to work things out.The Senate rejected the House of Representatives' rewrite of the tax package late...

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WA Lege SpecSess: Kind of a half-day

OLYMPIA -- Day 11 of the supposed Seven-Day Session breaks down like this:The Senate returns this morning for some light work -- start up, do some routine stuff, go to caucus, pass some "jobs bills -- but the House of Representatives isn't coming back until...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 2010

They can sue, but can they win?

McClatchy offered this early analysis of the multistate lawsuit over health care reform:By James RosenMcClatchy Newspapers(MCT)WASHINGTON — The top prosecutors in 13 states — 12 of them Republicans — filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging the health care bill minutes after President Barack Obama signed the...

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McKenna v. health care reform, Part 2 

OLYMPIA -- So the day after Attorney General Rob McKenna announced he was joining the lawsuit to challenge federal health care reform, things got ramped up a few notches.President Obama signed the bill, and Vice President Joe Biden weighed in that this was a BFD.McKenna...

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McKenna v. health care reform 

OLYMPIA--Things were happening so fast and furious Tuesday with Attorney General Rob McKenna's opting in to a lawsuit against federal health care reform that not everything could fit into this morning's print edition story.Based on the number of comments these stories are generating, there may...

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WA Lege SpecSess: Rolling on a recess

OLYMPIA -- Nothing expected today in the Lege. Most of the honorables are home or anywhere but here while a few of their leaders try to find a compromise on what taxes to raise for the budget package.They do have some work scheduled for tomorrow,...

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Reed headed home from hospital

OLYMPIA -- Secretary of State Sam Reed is on his way home from the hospital after having surgery for a cancerous kidney on Monday. His staff said he reported feeling pretty good, and is optimistic about the pathology tests which haven't come back yet because...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2010

This Biden video may not be suitable for children

What is it with vice presidents and the F-bomb?Vice President Joe Biden dropped the expletive in front of a microphone right after introducing President Obama at today's signing ceremony for the health care legislation. Obama's press secretary later made light of the incident in this...

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Hey Google, Spokane has a trash-eating goat statue 

Spokane hasn't gone to the extremes of some other places competing in the Google Fiber for Communities contest. Mayor Mary Verner hasn't jumped in an icy lake, for instance. Nor has she followed Topeka's lead in changing the city's name. (Apparently Spogoogle isn't catchy enough.)...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

WA Lege SpecSess: GAU changes pass, including name

OLYMPIA – The Legislature approved new limits to a major welfare program for those unable to work because of physical or mental health problems, and changed its name from General Assistance-Unemployable to the Disability Lifeline.Under the new rules that passed both houses Monday, those unable...

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