Spin Control archive for June 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

Hobby Lobby to fuel RPA debate next year?

OLYMPIA – Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows some companies to refuse birth control coverage for employees is likely to add fuel to both sides of the Washington legislative controversies over the Reproductive Parity Act. It probably won’t affect two other controversial cases that...

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WA population up 1.25 percent 

OLYMPIA -- Washington population grew faster than any time since 2008, reaching an estimated 6,968,200, the state's numbers crunchers reported today. The Office of Financial Management said the state gained 85,800 new residents between 2013 and 2014, with the majority of the increase coming from...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Add 2 to Nov. ballot

OLYMPIA -- Washington residents will have two advisory votes on taxes to cast in the November election. One on a change to agricultural tax preferences affecting marijuana growers, the other involving excise tax on leasehold property on tribal land. You say that sounds like something...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014


McMorris Rodgers won't debate before primary 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she wants to debate her opponent in this year's election -- but only after the primary. The five-term incumbent Republican responded to a challenge from independent Dave Wilson, who wanted to debate five times before the primary and five times...

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Supreme Court hears $15 minimum wage case

OLYMPIA -- The state's first $15 minimum wage should extend to SeaTac Airport because the higher wages don't interfere with airport operations, attorneys for the City of Seatac told the state Supreme Court today. But an attorney for the airport argued the city has no...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014


Marijuana food truck testing the waters in Everett 

A food truck with marijuana-infused offerings plans to be open this weekend at an Everett public market, although state officials say it would be operating in a "gray area" of Washington law. (Update: The truck cancelled plans Thursday for Everett and is instead planning to...

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First pot stores: Spokane 3, Seattle 1?

OLYMPIA -- Spokane will likely have three legal pot stores up and running in early July when Washington's first retail marijuana outlets open, which will be three times as many as Seattle. Potential licensees who won a lottery for the chance to open a store...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

No 'edibles' when first pot stores open

OLYMPIA -- Washington's first recreational marijuana stores are expected to open on July 8, a day after the first licenses will be announced, state officials said today. But those stores will not be carrying "edible" marijuana products because new rules are coming on labeling to...

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014

First primary ballots mailed out

Washington's primary election began for real this weekend as all counties met Saturday's deadline to send ballots to military voters and overseas residents. Under the state's all-mail voting system and federal voter laws, ballots that go the farthest -- to troops in the field and...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22, 2014

Sunday Spin2: Courting contempt

OLYMPIA -- The state Supreme Court’s order for the Legislature to show up at the Temple of Justice on the first week of September and explain why it shouldn’t be held in contempt is prompting some interesting speculation around the Capitol Campus. For example, the...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014


THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014

Seattle Times takes a stand. . . on Redskins

The Seattle Times will no longer use the name Redskins in referring to the NFL team in that other Washington. Well, except for the headline on the column by Don Shelton, which says "Why we're banning Redskins at the Seattle Times." Shelton gives an extensive...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

GOP group backs four in Central WA race

The group whose goal it is to elect Republicans to the U.S. House of Representatives has weighed in on Central Washington's 4th Congressional District race. But Republicans looking for some help in narrowing the field of eight GOP candidates down to one might not find...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

Economic forecast: An extra $395 million coming in? 

OLYMPIA – Washington's projected tax revenues look slightly better than they did four months ago, but aren't expected to add enough money to cover all of the state's expected expenses next year. State Economist Steve Lerch delivered a forecast with both good and bad news:...

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U.S. Senate confirms Mendoza as federal judge

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Salvador Mendoza Jr. for the federal district court in Eastern Washington. Mendoza is currently a Benton and Franklin County Superior Court judge. The son of migrant farm workers, he will be the first Latino federal judge for the Washington's Eastern...

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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014


Coaches top state salary list

OLYMPIA – The official report of state employee salaries for 2013 is out and as usual the highest paid people on the list are athletic coaches at the major universities. Former University of Washington football head coach Steve Sarkisian topped the list for the fourth...

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