Spin Control archive for Jan. 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

On minimum wages and maximum salaries

OLYMPIA – While a House committee considered plans Tuesday to cut wages for some of the state's lowest-paid private workers, a Senate committee tried to emphasize the state doesn’t pay the salaries of its highest-paid public workers. The House Labor Committee considered five different changes...

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OLYMPIA -- Tribal drummers form a drum circle in the Capitol Rotunda on Native American Lobby Day, Jan. 31, 2012. (Jim Camden)

Drumming up some support

Drum circle in the Capitol Rotunda. OLYMPIA -- The best thing about the Capitol is one never knows what one will find going on in there. Sometimes it's a dairy princess serving up ice cream bars. Sometimes its the cattlemen offering 'burgers. (S-R reporters have...

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012



WA Lege Day 22: House panel OKs gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA -- By a single vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill to allow same-sex marriage in Washington, turning down a pair of amendments by a Spokane Valley legislator. Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, argued that all business owners with a religious objection to...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012

SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

School Board campaign limits pass House 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to place the same limits on campaign contributions to school board candidates that apply to legislators and other city and county candidates passed the House overwhelmingly Friday. But not before some grousing by a few Republicans who thought the Legislature has...

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Marijuana measure goes to Legislature

OLYMPIA -- A measure that would decriminalize use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults was sent to the Legislature today after the Secretary of State's office certified it has more than enough signatures. Initiative 502 had a slightly higher than normal error...

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No lie: Ballots in the mail 

If you're a voter in Spokane County, chances are there's a ballot with your name on it somewhere in the U.S. postal system. Spokane County mailed some 260,000 ballots this week for the special election on Feb. 14 (possible slogan: Mail your ballot when you...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012


Same-sex Marriage bill advances

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to allow same-sex marriages in Washington cleared its first hurdle this morning as a legislative panel approved it on a 4-3 vote and sent it to the Senate for a full debate. Supporters beat back several attempts to change SB 6239,...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Med School tied to "Jobs" package

OLYMPIA – Some $35 million to finish the Riverpoint medical school building may flow into Spokane as the top priority for the area’s business community finds itself on a list of projects to address one of the Legislature’s top priorities. Jobs. Or the project may...

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Spokane Med School on lists for big projects

OLYMPIA -- The Riverpoint Biomedical and Health Sciences Building, a.k.a. the Spokane Med School building, is on lists in the House and Senate for big projects the state would do if the Legislature passes a major bond package. The school is slated for $35 million...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

State of the Union text 

Did you miss a piece of the State of the Union address while you were eating dinner, doing the dishes or making sure the kids brushed their teeth. Or maybe you skipped it entirely. In any case, if you want to read what he had...

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McMorris Rodgers gives GOP prebuttle 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, gave Fox News a preview of the GOP's rebuttle to tonight's expected themes in President Obama's State of the Union address. The congresswoman from Spokane took repeated shots at Obama's rejection of the...

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

Same-sex marriage moves closer to passage--and ballot 

OLYMPIA – As supporters and opponents packed hearing rooms around the Capitol Monday, Washington moved a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage when the proposal gained its crucial 25th vote in the Senate. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, announced she would vote yes on...

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Same-sex marriage: Senate may have votes

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to give same-sex couples the ability to marry in Washington state may have the25 votes needed to pass the Senate. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, a Camano Island Democrat who was officially undecided on the bill, announced this morning she would vote...

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