Spin Control archive for Aug. 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012

McLaughlin to Billig: I'm sorry 

Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin publicly apologized this week to her opponent in her race for state Senate for using false information on a campaign mailer she sent before last month’s primary. Her apology was made as the state Public Disclosure Commission began inquiring about...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 30, 2012

Watch McMorris Rodgers' speeches at GOP convention

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has kicked off the last two nights of the Republican National Convention as the gathering's host. She hasn't generated much national attention, though as the host, she probably isn't supposed to. Here is her first night's speech: Click inside this...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

Gov debate: Who'll bring more change?

VANCOUVER – Washington voters unhappy with their state government won’t see much change unless they stop a 28-year string of Democrats in the governor’s office, the Republican attorney general contended in a debate here Wednesday night. “I’m not the one who’s been in Olympia for...

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McKenna to Inslee: two-thirds majority

Why do you think the two-thirds majority is undemocratic when voters have approved it repeatedly Inslee: I believe in democracy. It gives people who vote no more power than people who vote yes. McKenna: Voters are going to have the fourth opportunity, likely to pass...

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Inslee to McKenna: Make Washington like Wisconsin?

Governor of VA said you'd do to Washington what Walker did to Wisconsin McKenna; He's talking about fiscal issules Balance the budget, restore solvency. He knows Washington is different from Wisconsin.I support collective bargaining. I've been trying to get this debate to talk about fiscal...

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Inslee to McKenna: tax returns

I've disclosed five years of my tax returns. Other politicians have released Why do you feel you're exempt from this expectation? McKenna: I'm exempt from many of your expectations. I've disclosed my finances for 16 years. Top issue is not jobs or education for you,...

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Gov debate question 7: Raise taxes

Inslee: I do not support raising taxes. I do support looking at some older corporate loopholes that were approved 60 years ago and may not make sense now. We are going to continue to grow, and as we grow we get older, demand additional health...

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Gov debate question 5: Liquor prices

Why is the cost of liquor so high? Inslee: I wish people would have listened to me (on last year's initiative.) It's maybe a lesson that when we get initiatives we need to think really hard and not just listen to TV commercials. McKenna: We're...

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Gov debate question 4: Coal trains

Where do you stand on coal ports McKenna: The state does not get to stop coal shipments, that's government by federal law. They need to go through strict environmental standards. . . People in ports are hurting, they're desperate for good-paying jobs, they want these...

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Gov debate Question 3: Education

Would you be brave enough raise taxes for education? McKenna: The voters have been very clear on not supporting higher taxes. Not raising tax rates is not the same as raising tax revenues. Revenues are projected to go up. We need to prioritize. (Democrats) running...

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Question 3: What will you do about Medicaid

Inslee: I'm glad the lawsuit was rejected by the Supreme Court...Breast cancer survivors can get access to health care. On Medicaid expansion, we know everyone is paying about $1,000 a year to pay for people who don't have insurance...a hidden tax in our insurance bill....

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Judge dismisses birther challenge to Obama 

OLYMPIA -- A trial judge quickly rejected an effort to keep President Barack Obama off Washington's general election ballot, saying such "birther" allegations have been around for years, and rejected for years as well. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee dismissed the challenge brought...

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Gov debate at 8 p.m.

VANCOUVER -- Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are set to debate at 8 p.m. at the Washington State University campus here. Organizers are checking the lights and sound levels and tossing out practice questions. First question: What will you do about the Columbia River crossing....

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Gov debate tonight at WSU-Vancouver

Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee have their first post-primary debate tonight in Vancouver, at the Washington State University branch campus there. Word is the auditorium for the one-hour debate is relatively small -- about 200 seats -- and expected to be full. Vancouver hasn't been...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 28, 2012


ACLU maps cost of marijuana enforcement

Powered by Tableau Washington spent more than $200 million on enforcing and prosecuting marijuana laws and incarcerating the folks that violated them, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington estimates. The organization released an interactive map today of what it estimates each county spent on...

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County racetrack financials in question. Again

Spokane County Raceway has an oval track, on which people drive very fast in circles, record mileage and wind up where they started. Which seems a pretty apt metaphor for the raceway since the county bought the property in 2008. The original operator, Bucky Austin,...

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MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2012


McMorris Rodgers GOP convention "host"

Tropical Storm Isaac might be bad news in general for the Republican National Convention, but the storm clouds at least have a silver lining for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The storm is shortening the convention by one day, by knocking out all but the official...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2012

Local notes on GOP convention 

UPDATE: U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has been given an expanded role at the Republican National Convention. The Republican National Convention is in Tampa this week, if Hurricane Isaac doesn’t blow the GOP into the next county. They just released a revised schedule, because...

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