Spin Control archive for Jan. 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Motorcyclists lobby the Senate Transportation Committee in support of a bill that would let them ride without helmets. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 18: Helmet law bashed, defended 

Not your usual attire for lobbyists at a bill hearing, motorcyclists lobby for a bill to let them ride helmet free. OLYMPIA – Motorcyclists made their annual plea to the Legislature to let them ride without helmets in Washington state, citing everything from accident statistics...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2013

Talk by phone to your legislators

OLYMPIA -- Two groups of Spokane-area legislators will hold telephone conferences this week in an effort to let the folks back home ask questions or raise concerns about issues. Constituents can call in just to listen, or to ask a question that could get them...

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WA Lege Day 17: Whole lotta lobbying going on

OLYMPIA -- A variety of groups are descending on the Capitol today, trying to convince, cajole or coerce legislators to vote their way on their favorite bills. It is Have a Heart for Kids Day, which is not to be confused with American Heart Association...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013

WA Lege Day 16: Possible changes to elections

OLYMPIA – Legislators have a wide array of changes they think would make the state’s elections run smoother. At hearings Tuesday, they suggested paying for the postage for voters to return their mail-in ballots, requiring most ballots be in the hands of county elections officials...

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WA Lege Day 16: Electoral College change pushed 

OLYMPIA — Changing the way the state casts its Electoral College votes for president would be fairer to Eastern Washington voters, a Spokane Valley legislator said Tuesday. It’s a way Republicans could win the White House through gerrymandered districts without a majority of the popular...

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WA Lege Day 16: Stamping out the vote? 

OLYMPIA -- College students want to vote, student lobbyists told legislators today, they really do.But some don't because they just don't have a stamp to put on their mail-in envelope. And at least one University of Washington student said he didn't even know where to...

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MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2013

OLYMPIA-- Members of the Spokane lobbying "Fly-In, pose for a group picture on the Capitol steps leading to the Senate Chambers (Jim Camden)

Sunday spin: Lobbying for Spokane, en masse 

OLYMPIA – There may be things for which the Spokane area reasonably envies other communities around the state, but lobbying the Legislature for a list of collective hopes and dreams is not one of them. For more than 20 years, a contingent from Spokane and...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

WA Lege Day 12: Murray floats capital gains tax

OLYMPIA -- The Senate's top Democrat will propose asking Washington voters to approve a capital gains tax on the wealthy to help pay for better schools and more affordable college.Senate Minority Leader Ed Murray of Seattle said this morning he will introduce a bill next...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Could abortion bill split Senate coalition?

OLYMPIA -- A bill that would require parental notification when a woman under 18 seeks an abortion in Washington could divide the Senate's "majority coalition" intent on passing bills on jobs, budget and education. The notification bill, with strong support from Senate Republicans opposed to...

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Firearms Freedom law prospects dim

OLYMPIA -- A bill to exempt firearms made and sold in Washington from federal gun laws was introduced by 10 House Republicans today, but their leader said it's unlikely the bill will come to a vote, let alone become law. A bill titled the Firearms...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee shows off the changes to the governor's office, including a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: We can stop 'leakage' on legal pot

Inslee shows off the decorating changes in the governor's office, which include a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law, a Republican. OLYMPIA -- State officials are trying to convince the federal government they can keep legally grown pot from making its...

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WA Lege Day 11: Spokane folks making the rounds 

OLYMPIA -- More than 80 people from the Spokane area -- business leaders, public officials, health care professionals -- are getting face time with state officials today. It's part of the Greater Spokane Inc. annual "flyover", a lobbying blitz for local issues. In some recent...

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Murray to Dems: Don't give up on more "revenue"

The Washington Post has posted a 12-page memo from U.S. Sen. Patty Murray outlining her positions on writing a budget for 2014. Murray, D-Wash., argues that deficit reduction has so far focused almost entirely on cuts and not enough on "revenue" -- tax increases. "We...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Listen in on legalized marijuana forum

The Washington State Liquor Control Board held its first public forum last night in Olympia on efforts to get ready for legalized marijuana under the new voter-approved law. It got an earful, for more than 2 hours. Expect more of the same as they travel...

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Initiative on initiatives clears signature hurdle

OLYMPIA -- An initiative designed to make changes in the state's initiative law has enough signatures to be sent to the Legislature. As expected, the Secretary of State's office cleared Initiative 517 for the next step, which is a decision by the Legislature whether to...

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Today's fun fact: Union membership 

About one worker out of nine is represented by a union nationwide In Washington, that number is close to one worker out of five. In Idaho, it's closer to one worker out of 20. This from the latest figures on union membership from the U.S....

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