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Spin Control archive for Dec. 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 22, 2012

Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and David SoHappy Sr., at Geiger Corrections Center on March 6, 1988 (Dan Pelle)

When Inouye came to Spokane

Inouye and David SoHappy Sr., at Geiger Corrections Center in March 1988. Spokesman-Review photo by Dan Pelle. The passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye this week generated some memories from long-time Democrat Tom Keefe, who reminded Spin Control of the time the Hawaiian senator came to...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

Speaker of the House Tom Foley shoots a buffalo gun at the Spokane Valley Rifle and Pistol Range in this 1994 photo. Foley met with club members in an attempt to counter an anti-Foley NRA ad campaign that had begun in the 5th District of Washington state. (File)

What's unusual about this photo?

S-R photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings Today's story about assault-weapon bans had this photo from the 1994 campaign of then House Speaker Tom Foley shooting a buffalo rifle at a local shooting range. It's one of my favorite photos from the campaign, in part because there...

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Senate passes bill to rename Spokane VA

Spokane's Veterans Affairs Medical Center moved a step closer to getting a new name today as the Senate passed a bill to name it after two local Medal of Honor winners. The Northwest Spokane facility would become the Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2012

Council OK for Spokane tent city unlikely 

A homeless advocate's proposal to create a large tent city beneath Interstate 90 won't be getting approval from Spokane City Hall any time soon, City Council President Ben Stuckart predicts. Stuckart said this week that he asked his fellow council members if they’d be interested...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Members of the Electoral College, including Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center,  sign paperwork casting Washington's electoral votes for Barack Obama for president. Also in the picture, from left, are Grifynn Clay, Kathleen Lawrence and Maria Ehsam and Georgia Spencer.  (Jim Camden)

News flash: Obama wins Washington

Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center, and other members of Washington's Electoral College sign paperwork to cast the state's electoral votes for Barack Obama. OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago. Barack Obama was elected to his second term as...

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Senate Dems: How about we split power?

OLYMPIA — Senate Democrats offered a power-sharing agreement to counter last week's proposal by Republicans and two defecting members of their party. They called for co-leaders for the Senate and co-chairmen for all committees. But the top Republican and the Democrat the coalition wants to...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2012

Flags to half-staff for Connecticut victims 

OLYMPIA -- As state leaders weigh in with shock, sadness and support for the families of the Connecticut shooting victims, Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered state flags lowered to half-staff through Tuesday. Gregoire called the shootings in Newtown, Conn., "incomprehensible" adding "all Washingtonians stand with me...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, holds up charts during a press briefing in his office that show chart indicating where state government has reduced spending on social programs.   (Jim Camden)

Hargrove: Coalition isn't sharing power

Sen. Jim Hargrove shows charts that indicate where state government has reduced spending on some social programs. OLYMPIA -- Senate Democrats don't know yet whether they will accept an offer to lead six legislative committees in the coming session, Sen. Jim Hargrove said today. The...

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Baumgartner No. 2 on budget panel

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Baumgartner would serve as vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee next year under the proposed "coalition" majority in that chamber. The Spokane Republican, who is halfway through his first term, said he thinks the coalition of the Senate's...

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Cantwell to head Indian Affairs Committee

Sen. Maria Cantwell will be the chairwoman of the Indian Affairs Committee in the new Congress. Democrats announced their expected committee assignments for next year, which are essentially done deals for everything but a pro forma vote at the beginning of the session. Cantwell has...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012

Gov race most expensive in WA history 

OLYMPIA -- Even without the final spending tallied, this year's governor's race was the most expensive in state history and outside independent groups spent a record amounts trying to convince residents to vote against Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

Senate to run by coalition? 

OLYMPIA -- Senate Republicans say they will announce a "coalition" this morning that will run the chamber in the 2013 session. They've scheduled a 10:30 a.m. press conference with a bipartisan group of senators to announce how the coalition will work. Technically, Republicans are the...

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