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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014


Miss Chicken once arrogant, stand-offish and sometimes hostile, now only launches an occasional peck, no longer the attacks that left bruises on the hand.

What local laws were the "dumbest" this year? 

Banning saggy pants and "clutter." Taxing marijuana where it's not legal. These are a couple of "dumbest" local laws passed across the country this year, according a list put togther by Atlantic's CityLab. Here in the Inland Northwest, we are not immune to stupidity.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2014



MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2014


WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2014

Where's Santa? NORAD is tracking him here

Children wondering where Santa is don't have to run to the window and throw up the sash, looking for the miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer. NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, does that with great precision, aCnd started at midnight. Because, you know,...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 19, 2014

House Republicans, Senate Democrats make assignments 

OLYMPIA -- Legislative caucuses continued to assign members to committee and internal leadership posts as the countdown to the 2015 session continues. On Thursday, the two minority caucuses, House Republicans and Senate Democrats, announced some of their spots; Andy Billig is the only Senate Democrat...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2014

TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2014

UW should expand med training in Spokane, panel says

The University of Washington Medical School should “proceed as soon as possible” to expand and modernize its program in Spokane, a special advisory council set up by the university said Tuesday. It should “aggressively pursue regional expansion opportunities”, the council said, with a special nod...

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MONDAY, DEC. 15, 2014


Spokane GOP elects leaders

The Spokane County Republican Party precinct officers chose their party leaders for the next two years, electing Dave Moore to the chairmanship he has held since March when the previous chairman resigned. Also elected in the biennial organizational meeting were Stephanie Cates as vice chairwoman,...

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Inslee to hold internet town hall on education 

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee will take his plans for public schools to the public, in Rogers High School and three other locations, via Skype tonight. With large screens set in the schools to carry the online video-phone connection, Inslee will unveil his proposals for...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 13, 2014

Consequences of the election clear in Olympia

OLYMPIA – The axiom that elections have consequences is much in evidence in the capital these days as the Senate’s new Republican majority rearranges the deck chairs. Although they have kept the title “Majority Coalition Caucus” in an apparent nod to Sen. Tim Sheldon, the...

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OLYMPIA -- Gun rights protesters sing the "Star Spangled Banner" at the start of a rally on the Capitol Campus against Initiative 594, which requires background checks for most gun purchases. (Jim Camden)

Hundreds gather to protest I-594 background checks 

OLYMPIA — Hundreds of gun-rights advocates, some dressed in camouflage and a few wearing Santa hats, gathered on the Capitol grounds to denounce the background-check law voters approved last month. A crowd estimated between 600 and 800 by the Washington State Patrol – and 1,000...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 12, 2014

An unusual split in NW delegation 

When congressional votes are close, they usually break down on partisan lines with Republicans in Washington and Idaho voting one way and Democrats the other. Not the case with yesterday's House vote on the omnibus spending bill, technically known as the Consolidated and Further Continuing...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 11, 2014

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2014

House Democrats pick committee leaders

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats named their committee leaders today and Spokane's two representatives retained their vice chairmanships on key panels. Rep. Timm Ormsby will be vice chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Rep. Marcus Riccelli will be vice chairman of the Health Care and Wellness Committee....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014



Senate Republicans name committee heads

OLYMPIA -- Majority Republicans in the Senate named their committee leadership Tuesday. Here's the breakdown for Spokane-area legislators: Sen. Mike Padden of the Spokane Valley remains chairman of Law and Justice, and named vice chairman of Accountability and Reform, a new committee. Sen. Mike Baumgartner...

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Hager

Clark Hager -- 100% for the Valley

From this morning's paper: Clark Hager fought for the Spokane Valley to be its own city for years, losing many battles but eventually winning the war. Hager, 82, who died last month and will be remembered at a service Sunday, was a rock-ribbed conservative who...

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