Spin Control archive for Nov. 2013

SATURDAY, NOV. 30, 2013

Sunday Spin: Behind the low turnout numbers

Conventional wisdom for campaign seasons like the one just passed says local elections help boost turnout for the statewide contests. Voting for people you might know, or at least have a chance to bump into and harangue in line at Rosauers or Starbuck’s – and...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013

Today's fun video: Snyder says "Thanks"

City Councilman Jon Snyder borrowed a bit -- OK, he kind of outright stole -- from "Vision Quest" to say thanks to supporters for his re-election. But he acknowledged it on the video. "Snyder Quest" features the councilman and his bike, has good shots of...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

86 pot licenses sought for Spokane 

.OLYMPIA – A tally of the first week of applications by would-be marijuana businesses shows a certain amount of creativity in coming up with names for what in most of the country is an illegal business. Cheech and Chong might be proud of some who...

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Election results to be certified today

Counties around Washington will certify their election results today, clearing up any lingering questions about who or what won some close contests. Most races in Spokane County, which certifies its results at 1 p.m., have long been decided, but there are a couple of close...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2013

this is a screen shot of the Senate Republican Caucus web site and the photo it was using to  illustrate a hearing on sex trafficking legislation. The site was taken down Wednesday morning. (Senate Republican Caucus)

Sunday Spin: Wrong picture not worth 1,000 words 

A picture is only worth a thousand words if it’s the right picture for the intended words. When it’s the wrong picture, it’s worth considerably fewer words, and more trouble, as demonstrated in two separate instances last week on the West Side. One involved an...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

More than 800 pot biz applications in 1st week 

~~OLYMPIA – More than 800 potential new businesses have signed up to grow, process or sell legal marijuana in the first week Washington accepted applications for its new industry. Rick Garza, director of the state Liquor Control Board which will award the licenses, told a...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

Transpo package gets hearing today

OLYMPIA – Senate negotiators will begin the push today for a package of new road projects and improved maintenance that could complete the long-discussed North Spokane Corridor and raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over three years. The package of 10 related bills, with a...

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AP: Locke to leave ambassador post

The Associated Press is reporting former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is stepping down next year as ambassador to China. Here's their report: BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, who oversaw the handling of potential crises over the flights to U.S. diplomatic missions...

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Washington lost 9,500 jobs in last 2 months 

OLYMPIA -- Washington lost 8,100 jobs last month and 1,400 in September when employment statistics are adjusted for seasonal variations. The changes left the state's unemployment rate almost unchanged. It was 7 percent in August, 6.9 percent in September and 7 percent in October. The...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013


MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2013

Pot businesses: 299 applications in first six hours 

OLYMPIA -- Would-be marijuana entrepreneurs began Monday filing applications for state licenses to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana. In the six hours after the state Department of Revenue's web site began taking applications, 299 had been filed online and the non-refundable fee of $250...

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Inslee staying in China extra day

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee will return from his belated trade trip China on Tuesday, rather than today. Inslee's office said this morning the governor was extending his stay in China an extra day to make a trip to Beijing for meetings that were postponed...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013

Sunday Spin: Right-to-work in the soviet of WA? 

Somewhere in the great beyond, James “Big Jim” Farley is having a good day. The former Tammany Hall boss and political strategist for Franklin Delano Roosevelt may have been pulled out of celestial poker game late last week when word drifted heavenward about a press...

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Pot biz applications open Monday

Sam Calvert has a dream of getting in on the ground floor of a historic change in retail commerce that begins Monday. But it’s a struggle, he acknowledged. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Calvert, 50, who has managed commercial real estate...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

Senate per diems for Special Session = $8,460

OLYMPIA -- The three-day special session cost the state $8,460 in per diem expenses for members of the state Senate. That's the tally released today from the Secretary of the Senate's office, from per diem requests filed by senators from last week's Thursday-through-Saturday session. Legislators...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

SPD detective files for run against Knezovich

Last week’s off-year election isn’t even certified yet, and now 2014 already is heating up. Spokane police Detective Doug Orr is gearing up for a run against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Orr, who also serves as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Gonzaga University, has filed...

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Legislators at NE Community Center Wednesday

Legislators from Spokane's 3rd District will hold a "mobile office" session Wednesday afternoon at the Northeast Community Center. Sen. Andy Billig, along with Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli, will be at the center, 4001 N. Cook St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to talk...

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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

Fractured metaphor

OLYMPIA -- There's an axiom in politics that anything worth saying is worth repeating, sometimes ad infinitum. Based on the late great special session, it would seem that even things not worth saying are worth repeating. That would be the only explanation for something Sen....

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Inslee signing Boeing legislation today

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee travels to the Museum of Flight this morning to sign legislation passed over the weekend in the hurry-up special session. Probably an appropriate backdrop, considering the session was all about luring a new Boeing assembly line and wing manufacturing plant...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013

Sunday Spin2: New definition of victory?

In elections, victory is usually well-defined. You got the most votes. Period. So it was a bit odd Thursday to get a post-election email from initiative guru Tim Eyman describing the results of the election as “7 measures, 7 votes, 7 victories". . . To...

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