Spin Control archive for Dec. 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013

SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

It's baaack: The 12 Trivias of Xmas

~~It’s time once again for Spin Control’s 12 Trivias of Christmas, our annual quiz that keeps politics from intruding on the holiday season In the spirit of peace on Earth to men and women of good will, Spin Control avoids political commentary so close to...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Liquor Board would limit medical marijuana 

Washington should severely cut the amount of marijuana that medical patients can possess, require them to register with the state, have annual medical checkups, and pay most of the same taxes as recreational users, a state agency recommended today. In a move sure to draw...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

Inslee proposes 'hold steady' budget

Gov. Jay Inslee proposed what he called a "hold stead budget in a get ready year." It has some mandatory increases in spending for mental health services for children, higher rates for family home child care providers and covering the costs of last season's wildfires....

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Council delays police votes

The Spokane City Council voted late Monday to delay a police ombudsman ordinance and a labor contract with the Police Guild in a pair of voice votes. The city clerk this morning confirmed that the vote to defer the ombudsman ordinance passed 5-2 with council...

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Inslee unveils supplemental budget today

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee will introduce his proposal for changes in the 2013-15 biennial budget this morning at 11 a.m. Inslee doesn't have much to work with. Forecasts for the remainder of the biennium project only slight changes in revenue, with continued slow economic...

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MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

Obamacare blamed for reduction in dump service 

Boundary County, Idaho, is cutting the number of hours people can drop off garbage for the county landfill because of health care reform, the county said in a news release today. Here's how the news release put it: "Due to increased expenses of the Federally...

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MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

Results don't change in futile Ahern recount 

A recount that couldn’t change the winner also didn’t change the vote totals. Last week, Spokane City Council candidate John Ahern paid to have a partial recount in his race against incumbent Jon Snyder. Ahern, a former state representative, lost the race by 5,669 votes...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

Special Session cost: $28,626, so far

OLYMPIA – The tab for last month’s three-day special session to approve tax breaks for Boeing stands at $28,626 and counting, the most recent reports filed by legislators show. Requests for the $90 per diem that legislators can claim have been processed, with some filling...

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There's still time to try to win something through That's News to You, the newspaper's weekly news quiz. As a discerning reader of Spin Control, you might do pretty well. And even better if you know a few of the "tricks of the trade." A...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 2013

Pot store applications growing

Washington has received 230 license applications for recreational marijuana stores. As the map shows, many are concentrated between Everett and Tacoma -- no surprise because that's where the state's population is concentrated. But the proposals for stores are also starting to dot the rest of...

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Marijuana growers seek licenses around state

Map courtesy of Gina Boysun, Spokesman.com Online Director. The demand for licenses to grow legal marijuana in Washington is growing -- if you'll forgive the expression -- like a weed. In the first two weeks that it has been accepting license applications for marijuana businesses,...

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Today's fun video: Capitol Christmas tree gets lit

The official lighting of the Capitol Christmas trees, starring a spruce from Eastern Washington, took place last night with House Speaker John Boehner almost getting upstaged by the cute kid chosen to help flip the switch. He should remember W.C. Fields dictum: Never work with...

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Pot License applications for Eastern WA

The second week of applications for marijuana business licenses are in, and Eastern Washington has its share of would be pot entrepreneurs. Pot-trepreneurs? This map shows the addresses on applications for retail stores,represented by the red push pins, small and medium size growing operations of...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Ahern: Race against Snyder not over yet 

Former state Rep. John Ahern, who lost his race against incumbent Councilman Jon Snyder by a nearly 2-to-1 margin is questioning how he could have performed so poorly. Ahern is requesting a partial recount in the race just to "double-check" the accuracy of the ballot...

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MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2013

GSI Legislative Forum Wednesday

Greater Spokane Inc. will hold its annual legislative forum and reception Wednesday afternoon at the Davenport Hotel, where a quartet of legislators is expected to talk about two sessions: the upcoming 2014 regular session and a possible special session for transportation that may or may...

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GOP candidates on display tonight 

Spokane County Republican precinct officers in the 4th Legislative District have to pick a replacement for Rep. Larry Crouse, who is retiring this month with a year left on his term. There are five would-be legislators eager for the job, but only three can be...

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