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Spin Control archive for Oct. 2011

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011

State GOP pours cash into Condon campaign 14 

Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon advertises himself as "nonpartisan" on his signs, but that didn't stop the former aide to Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from getting a $25,000 contribution from the state Republican Party. The contribution, the largest so far in a Spokane...

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Lisa Brown staying put

OLYMPIA -- State Sen. Lisa Brown is dropping any plans to run for statewide office in 2012 Democrat Brown, the Senate majority leader from Spokane, has been rumored for two possible statewide posts on next year's ballot, lieutenant governor and state auditor. The auditor's seat...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

Annual words of warning 

Every year at this time, Spin Control offers some free advice to the thousands of people who have campaign yard signs for their favorite candidate or ballot issue: Put your coffee cup down, go out, pull them out of the ground and put them in...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 29, 2011

THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire announcing some $2 billion in cuts she may recommend for the special legislative session. (Jim Camden)

Skip regular session? No way, Gregoire says

Gov. Chris Gregoire at Thursday's press conference. OLYMPIA -- While most of Gov. Chris Gregoire's press conference Thursday revolved around the cuts that could be made or should be made, she did field a few questions a bit farther afield. At one point she was...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011

Gregoire wants to reopen state worker contracts 

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking state employees' unions to reopen their contracts and agree to higher health insurance costs. In a letter to the unions, Office of Financial Management Director Marty Brown cites the projected imbalance of $1.4 billion between projected state revenues...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011

MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2011

I-1125: Good democracy or bad economics?

For Spokane residents who haven’t dealt with a local toll way since the booths came down on the Maple Street Bridge in 1990, Initiative 1125 might seem like a ballot measure more important to the west side of the state. Not so, say supporters and...

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How 'bout we park that Shuttle in Seattle? 

OLYMPIA -- The Museum of Flight tried very hard to get one of the nation's Space Shuttles earlier this year when NASA got out of the shuttle business. NASA eventually said no to Seattle and bunches of other cities that covet one of the space...

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Occupy Olympia protesters pitch tents near Capitol Lake on Oct. 24, 2011. (Jim Camden)

Meanwhile, at the other protest 

OLYMPIA -- Not far from the un-U.N. Day protest on the Capitol steps is the 99%-Occupy Olympia protest. They have a nice place to set up tents, between Capitol Lake and the Budd Bay Harbor, as the leaves are changing for autumn. But it is...

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Signs at the un-U.N. Day rally in Olympia, Sept. 24, 2011 (Jim Camden)

Happy U.N. Day. Or not

If you have a calendar that lists a wide-enough array of special days, you could check to discover that today is United Nations Day. The U.N. was formed 66 years ago today. In Olympia, however, it is un-U.N. Day for about 60 people who gathered...

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It's Un-U.N. Day in Oly

OLYMPIA -- Folks who would like to get the United States out of the United Nations, and vice versa, have planned a rally today at the state Capitol. Advance info for the rally says to expect representatives from The Freedom Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation,...

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Flags at half-staff for White

OLYMPIA -- Flags will be flyiing at half-staff at state buildings for state Sen. Scott White, who died over the weekend. The Kittitas County coroner said White, 41, died of a previously undiagnosed enlarged heart. He was found in his hotel room at a resort...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 22, 2011

Sunday Spin: Treat Occupiers, Tea Partiers the same 

OLYMPIA – As the news media lurches between ignoring and overexposing the Occupy Wall Street/Spokane/Seattle/Everywhere movement, is it too much to ask for the pontificators to show a little consistency in their love or disdain for populist rebellions that spring up in the 21st Century?...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2011

THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011

Hession misquotes Lincoln 11 

A new campaign ad that’s been posted on YouTube by the campaign of Dennis Hession starts with him making the following statement: “Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.’ I believe that. My opponent does not.”...

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