Spin Control archive for March 2011

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

Groups promise large protests next week

OLYMPIA -- A coalition of labor unions, church groups, social service workers and progressive organizations plan to bring thousands of protesters to the state capital next week for a series of escalating demonstrations against budget cuts. They'll try to put pressure on state legislators, who...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2011

Hound-hunting deal in the works

OLYMPIA – These adolescent males can be trouble. They wander around, get into fights on hostile turf, bother hard-working people just trying to make a living. The experts don’t always agree on the best way to handle these problem teens. Should we hunt them down...

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Date set for new car tab fee 

Owners of cars registered in Spokane will start paying an additional $20 to license their cars starting Sept. 1 to pay for the city’s new vehicle tax. The state Department of Licensing finalized the date earlier this month. The Spokane City Council approved the tab...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2011

Senate passes $100 fee for electric vehicles 

OLYMPIA --A proposed $100 fee on electric vehicles, to help pay for road construction and maintenance from which those cars benefit without paying gasoline taxes, passed the Senate today after a ruling that it needed only a simple majority. SB 5251 would require electric car...

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The sounds of marching, charging feet...

Several marches and demonstrations are on the calendar in the coming days, and the summer's not even here*. Here's a quick list: March to Demand Peace and Promote Justice 3 p.m. Sunday Starts at Veterans Memorial Arena, ends at Riverfront Park. Organizers say it will...

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WA Lege Day 79: Another deadline

OLYMPIA -- It's another cut off day in the Legislature, in which appropriations bills have to get out of their committees today or risk oblivion. That doesn't count for bills in the Ways and Means or Capital committees, but the various other spending committees are...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2011


WA Lege Day 78: House budget today?

OLYMPIA -- A House version of the 2011-13 general operating fund budget is rumored to be set for release today. Nothing official yet, but folks from the governor on down last week were pegging the release for today. Gov. Chris Gregoire also observed that there...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2011

When Ferraro did Spokane

It was just days after the 1984 Democratic National Convention, when she'd been named the first woman vice presidential candidate on a major party's ticket, that Geraldine Ferraro did Spokane. For those who can't remember back that far, think back to 2008, when another relatively...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011




WA Lege Day 75: Workers comp is 100

OLYMPIA -- There's an air of TGIF around the Capitol, with light schedules in committees and some morning floor activity. The Senate has a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the state's Workers Compensation System. Democrats may be eager to wish it many happy returns...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2011



Taking the idea initiative

OLYMPIA -- Two questions for the big thinkers out there: Do you have an idea how to improve Washington state in the future? Do you think it would stack up so well to other peoples' ideas that it could make the top 100? If so,...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2011


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