Spin Control archive for March 2012

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012



Hewitt to have surgery

OLYMPIA -- Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt will undergo surgery Monday to remove a tumor from his thymus. Senate Republicans announced this afternoon that Hewitt will have surgery in Seattle for the recently discovered tumor. With the Legislature still struggling to solve a problem with...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2012


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2012

TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

McLaughlin ad pulled off TV

The campaign to extend two taxes to pay for the expansion of the Spokane Convention Center and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena has pulled a TV ad featuring Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. Citizens for Jobs Now has developed a series of commercials each featuring two...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

McLaughlin will challenge Brown

Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin confirmed this evening that she will run against state Senate Democratic Majority Leader Lisa Brown. She plans to make her official announcement at a press conference on Tuesday. McLaughlin has been on the record as considering a run against Brown for months....

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Condon condemns casino

Spokane Mayor David Condon has added his name to the list of local leaders opposed to the Spokane Tribe of Indians’ proposal for a casino on the West Plains. Condon joins Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and state Senate Democratic Majority Leader Lisa Brown...

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Stand-your-ground statute? Not in WA or ID

OLYMPIA – In Washington and Idaho, there is no statute that gives a person the right to “stand your ground” and use deadly force in public when faced with a perceived threat. Both states have fairly standard laws covering justifiable homicide or self-defense, particularly when...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Of planes and automobiles

OLYMPIA – Jet planes may someday fly on fuel made Eastern Washington grain, cars will sport license plates celebrating 4-H and rhododendrons and drivers licenses will last longer but be more expensive under bills signed Friday. A $100 fee for electric cars, an easier alternative...

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OLYMPIA -- "It's a law," Gov. Chris Gregoire proclaims after signing the Heath Insurance Exchange legislation on March 23 at the Group Healthl Clinic in Olympia. (Jim Camden)

Health exchange bill signed

Gregoire signs Health Insurance Exchange bill. OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and other Democratic officials marked Friday’s second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act – which Republicans prefer to call Obamacare – with a signing ceremony of their own. Gregoire signed legislation...

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Spokane's own Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ...

... At least according to Inlander readers. Former Mayor Mary Verner took second place in the Inlander's annual reader survey in the category, "best local villain." That's a tumble for a woman who usually polled well when the Inlander asked readers for their favorite politician....

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THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012

Budget idea not a gimmick, gov's office says

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to free up about $238 million for the state's troubled operating budget reported earlier today isn't a gimmick, it's a "business modernization proposal" that is made possible by the change of technology from hand-written account books to electronic funds transfers. Basically,...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012


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