Spin Control archive for March 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

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