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Spin Control archive for Feb. 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

WA Lege Day 50: The green grass of home 

OLYMPIA – Washington homeowners would be restricted from putting fertilizer with phosphorus on healthy lawns under a bill that passed the House Monday. Despite complaints from Republicans that homeowners are able to decide what fertilizer to put on their grass or that restrictions will send...

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WA Lege Day 50: Lots of floor action

OLYMPIA -- Both chambers will be voting today on legislation that managed to make it through committees. The House started powering though relatively non-controversial bills shortly after 10 a.m., and the Senate followed soon afterward with a resolution recognizing the YMCA. (Random side comment: How...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Snow at the state Capitol on Feb. 25, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

WA Lege Day 47: The razzing continues 

OLYMPIA -- Spokane-area freshmen senators continue to get razzed even when they aren't making their first floor speeches. More senior members were joking around the Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, during the vote on his first bill, when they observed it was hard to tell all...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

WA Lege Day 44: Cleaning up voting rule?

OLYMPIA -- The House and Senate both have actual floor sessions today, considering some bills that have come out of committees. Among the first to move is SJR 8205, a possible constitutional amendment that would be on the fall ballot, a technical or "housekeeping" change...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

Presidents Day Trivia

In honor of Presidents Day, here is some Oval Office worthy trivia. Before President's Day, the U.S. used to have Washington's Birthday as a federal holiday. What's Washington's real birthday? The faces of what four presidents are carved onto Mount Rushmore? What four state capitals...

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Allen will challenge Rush for City Council 23 

Former City Councilman Mike Allen announced last week that he is entering the race to challenge Richard Rush in hopes of once again representing south Spokane. Allen, a former Eastern Washington University administrator, was named to the council to replace Mary Verner after she was...

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Presidents Day or Congress's Week

Happy Presidents Day, which should take on extra special meaning considering the wishes come from the only state named for a president. Most government offices are closed, which seems a bit odd concerning the day honors the 44 people who have been at the top...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

WA Lege Day 40: Senate passes budget

OLYMPIA -- The state Senate passed a supplemental budget this morning that cuts about $242 million from planned state spending through the end of June. With little debate, the Senate gave 37-10 approval to the spending plan, which helps ease but doesn't completely solve the...

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Members of  the EWU Eagles football team stand for applause from the House of Representatives and members of the gallery. (Jim Camden/staff writer)

WA Lege Day 40: EWU Eagles honored

OLYMPIA-- With a resolution that read like a sports page account of their come-from-behind Division I football championship win, the Senate honored the Eastern Washington University Eagles during this morning's session. Members of the team held the NCAA trophy high and stood with EWU President...

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