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OLYMPIA — This will likely be a short day around the Capitol as some legislators like to leave early to be home for the weekend and committees don't schedule late hearings.
The light agenda in both chambers includes resolutions honoring the state's National Guard, and members of the various Army and Air National Guard units are on duty in the halls of the Capitol, some in dress uniforms and some in camo.
Meanwhile, gun owners from around the state are holding a rally at the Tivoli Fountain on the Capitol Campus, and many came armed for the “2nd Amendment Right Rally”. The guns are visible, and thus legal, under the state's open-carry law, but the Department of Enterprise Services which manages the building and grounds sent out a memo earlier in the week, mentioning the rally in an attempt to allay any concerns about armed protesters.
Legislators needn't feel out-gunned, however. The National Guard has some examples of its weaponry on display in the hallway.
To take a stand or not to take a stand.
That was the question hotly debated by the Spokane City Council Monday night on two nonbinding resolutions related to gun laws and gun rights.
The results were a curious lesson in the unpredictability of a sharply divided council.
Govenor-elect Inslee addresses a legislative preview session.
OLYMPIA – The Legislature should consider a wide range of options in a search to increase gun safety and reduce the threat of violence, Governor-elect Jay Inslee said Thursday.
“There is no panacea, no one solution,” Inslee said at a press conference during a preview of the upcoming legislative session sponsored by the Associated Press. “But that’s not a reason for inaction.”
On other topics, Inslee – who takes the oath of office Wednesday – repeated campaign promises to try closing the state’s budget gap through government efficiencies and an improved economy but without new taxes. He called for a thorough review of plans to increase coal train traffic in the state, and said immediate changes to the new state law on legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use were unlikely.
As a congressman, Inslee voted for a ban . . .
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Sunday’s Spokesman-Review will have a special feature in the Today Section on Obama and guns.
Not Barack Obama and his stance on gun control.
Michelle Obama and her “guns”. (Psst. That’s her upper arms for those of you who are wondering “Shotguns, pistols or rifles?”)
It features a fun quiz, where you cam try to match other famous women’s arms with their names.
Why do we care? Well, because not everything about politics is deadly serious. And because some fashionistas have questioned the First Lady’s choice of going sleeveless at various events, while others have insisted if you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em.
Check it out Sunday.