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Archive for November 18, 2010

Ho, ho, ho. Time for some Xmas controversy

OLYMPIA – Thanksgiving is still nearly a week away, but the annual Christmas controversy over religious displays in the Capitol has begun.
A tree will go up in the Rotunda at the end of the month, as it has for at least two decades. But a crèche won’t.
Earlier this month the Catholic League sent crèches to governors’ offices in all states asking that the Nativity scenes be displayed somewhere inside each capitol building.
But Washington bans displays by private groups inside its Capitol – an outgrowth of a controversy that erupted two years ago when atheists put up a sign to counter a Nativity scene in the Rotunda. 


Revenue down. Chance of special session up

OLYMPIA — The revenue forecast is grim. The chance for solving the problem with across-the-board cuts is almost non-existent. The chance of a special session of the Washington Legislature is growing, by the day if not the hour.

You can read about it in today’s report on the quarterly revene forecast by clicking here.

But the chance that a special session will be a one- or two-day affair, in which legislative leaders agree on the solution ahead of time and come to Olympia to merely ratify it…well, that’s considerably less than the chance for a special session.

Gov. Chris Gregoire wants proposals from the leaders of both parties in both chambers by Nov. 29, which is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Legislators are due in Olympia the first full week of December for a committee week.

But even if their leaders think they’ve got a solution, there’s nothing that binds the Legislature to keeping to a one-day, two-day or even one-week time line. They’ve got 30 — count ‘em, 30 — days once a session starts.

The only thing that may break things up could be a desire get out for the Christmas holiday.

Most years, legislators are asked to name a song that they think will exemplify the theme for the session. “I’ll be home for Christmas” may become the theme song of a December special session.

Supreme Court ponders: Who is the state?

OLYMPIA — The federal lawsuit in Florida over health care reform raises many interesting questions about state’s rights and federal mandates. But it also sparked some interesting debates today in the Washington Supreme Court over who represents the state in a legal dispute, and even, what is the state.

Read today’s report on City of Seattle v. Rob McKenna by clicking here.

Today’s fun video: The case for un-friending

Wednesday was National Unfriend Day (who knew?). And Spin Control feels bad about missing it.

In an effort to make up for this holiday observance faux pas, we present the holiday song which may convey some broadly held feelings about Facebook friends…Not our Facebook friends, of course, but some people’s Facebook friends.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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