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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014


SATURDAY, NOV. 15, 2014

Sunday Spin: Big majorities are temporary

OLYMPIA – The most ephemeral thing in politics might be big majorities. This should be particularly obvious to Democrats as they look to next year’s Legislature. Six years ago, Democrats approached the session with 31 of 49 seats in the Senate and 62 of 98...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014


McMorris Rodgers re-elected to GOP post 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was re-elected the House Republican Conference chairwoman today by GOP members who returned all their top leaders for the upcoming Congress. House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise were also re-elected. The conference chairmanship is...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2014



Members of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, from left, Ruthann Kurose, Sharon Foster and Chris Marr, listen during a public forum on implementing I-502 at the Spokane Convention Center on Tuesday. (Colin Mulvany)

Marr, Foster leaving Liquor Board 

OLYMPIA – Two of the three members of the state board that oversees Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws will step down early next year. Chairwoman Sharon Foster has informed Gov. Jay Inslee that she will not accept a reappointment to the Liquor Control Board when...

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Today's fun video: Is this funny or sad? 

This is a standard laugh-getter: Go out on the street, or in this case a college campus, and ask people questions that grade school kids should be able to answer, then chuckle when they can't. But for these questions, and these students, it's a tossup...

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Quasqui- what? No, we didn't make that up

A few people have called or e-mailed to accuse the newspaper of making up quasquicentennial as a word to mean 125 year anniversary in this morning's story about Washington's birthday celebration. To which we would say, truthfully, we're not that smart. It's a real word,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 11, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Washington students take the oath to be Keepers of the Capsule and help prepare the state's time capsule for the next 25 years. (Jim Camden)

State marks 125 years with new 'Keepers'

Young "Keepers of the Capsule" take the oath Tuesday. OLYMPIA –Washington marked its quasquicentennial Tuesday with an eye to the future, swearing in a new group of children charged with sending a bit of today to coming generations. Quasquicentennials are 125 year anniversaries. They aren't...

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Veterans Day freebies

Parking is free in Spokane today in honor of Veterans Day. Washington state parks are also free, for the same reason. Giving the rest of us two more things for which to thank veterans. Two small things, to be sure, compared to thanks for their...

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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Secretary of State Kim Wyman describes the 42-star flag that's part of the Blazes, Rails and the Year of Statehood exhibit in the state Capital (Jim Camden)

Exhibit marks state's 125th 'birthday'

Secretary of State Kim Wyman OLYMPIA – 1889 was a momentous year for Washington. Three of its largest cities, including Spokane Falls, nearly burned to the ground that summer then began to rise from their ashes. A second railroad announced plans to join the Northern...

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WA Elex: State races outside recount margin

All of the races for the state Legislature, as well as Initiative 1351 which requires smaller class sizes, are now far enough apart that they wouldn't trigger an automatic recount, the Secretary of State's office said this morning. The I-1351 campaign was claiming victory over...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 9, 2014

Sunday Spin: Looking back at the 2014 election

OLYMPIA – A paragraph in the political correspondents’ code requires us to tell voters “what it all means” on the Sunday after an election. Personally, I’ve always believed that by now you’ve all figured it out for yourselves, but to break the code means I...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Class-size initiative, I-1351, expands lead again

The state initiative aimed at lowering class sizes increased its lead on the fourth day of ballot counting. The Washington Secretary of State’s website says Initiative 1351 leads by 9,172 votes. After Tuesday’s count, the measure was behind by about 12,000 votes. By Thursday’s count,...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014


This is a map of the votes on the I-594 gun control measure after the Wednesday night count.  (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Tale of 2 gun initiatives 

Spokane County votes on the gun initiatives are almost, but not quite, a mirror image of each other. (Click on the "continue reading" function to see both maps on the same page.) That's not surprising, considering the two ballot measures essentially were competing with each...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014


Head planner Chesney resigns from Spokane 

Scott Chesney, Spokane’s planning director since 2011, abruptly left the city Wednesday for unknown reasons. “I resigned due to the mayor’s loss of confidence in me,” Chesney said in a text message. “I respect his choice.” Jan Quintrall, head of the city’s Business and Development...

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