Spin Control archive for July 2011


FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2011

WA gov race goes nuclear

OLYMPIA -- The likely leaders in Washington's 2012 governor's race "went nuclear" today, although on slightly different aspects of the nuke waste issue. Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, the likely Republican nominee for the job, announced in Seattle that he was filing new court action...

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WA gov race: We're No. 1?

Although the election is still 15 months away, Washington's gubernatorial race has a lofty ranking of No. 1. On the Politico list of top governor's races in the country. The political website put the match between Attorney General Rob McKenna and U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee...

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Today's fun video: House GOP pep talk

When talking to House Republicans about an upcoming deficit reduction plan, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy reportedly showed members this scene from the movie "The Town" to get them to fall in line. Out of context, it may work fine. In the context of the movie,...

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No surprise: Liquor initiative makes the ballot

OLYMPIA -- An initiative to turn wholesale and retail liquor sales over to the private sector qualified for the ballot, state elections officials said Wednesday. Initiative 1183, sometimes called the Costco initiative because the discount retailer is among its most ardent supporters, passed a random...

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Ballots are in the mail

Ballots for the Aug. 16 primary are in the mail, and should be showing up in the boxes of registered voters this week. Spokane County officials said they were sending out some 200,000 to voters around the county. But not every voter will get a...

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That's Ambassador Locke...

Gary Locke officially trades his commerce secretary hat for one that says "U.S. ambassador to China". The Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment to the post in Beijing. Here's the story on the main webpage.

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011

Dear Congressperson... 

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner both suggested contacting Congress in speeches Monday. That's fine. Contacting your congressperson is a right guaranteed under the First Amendment freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances. But exercising that right now may prove difficult....

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Fighting over signature fraud

OLYMPIA -- Last week's allegations of signature fraud on petitions for Initiative 1163 have sparked a little back and forth between the intiative campaigns. For those not in rapt attention, the folks hired to pay for signatures for I-1163, which would reinstitute training and background...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Lawsuit challenges supermajority for taxes

OLYMPIA – A coalition of House Democrats and education advocates are asking the courts to void the supermajority required for tax increases, arguing that it’s an unconstitutional limit on legislative authority. State Republicans and the sponsor of initiatives that have repeatedly resulted in voters imposing...

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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2011


FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011


Compare the candidates

Ballots for the Aug. 16 primary will be mailed next week, and The S-R's Election Center is up and running. That means voters can examine, campare and contrast the positions of Spokane candidates in the answers they submitted in our candidate questionnaire. All candidates for...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

Spokane council finalizes massive annexation 

Spokane city boundaries will expand by nearly 10 square miles on Jan. 1. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved the city’s West Plains annexation, which includes the Spokane International Airport. Monday’s vote was largely a formality. The city, Spokane County and Airway Heights...

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SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011


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