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Spin Control Washington Legislature archive

THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014

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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Billig running for re-election

Democratic State Rep. Andy Billig made it official Thursday that he would run for re-election in the 3rd Legislative District. Billig, the co-owner of the Spokane Indians baseball team, was elected to an open seat in 2010 in a crowded race. With just over two...

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White enters 3rd District House race

Dave White, a county utilities inspector and Republican activist, will run for the state House of Representatives this fall in central Spokane’s 3rd District in an effort to rein in state spending and improve state infrastructure. White, 59, said Thursday he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent Timm...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2011

Sunday Spin: It's not over til...

OLYMPIA – In trying to come up with a pity description for late special session, I couldn’t shake the memory of a particularly annoying greeting that adults seemed to enjoy during my teenage years: Working hard, or hardly working? Ask the handful of legislators involved...

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Shall we hold our breath? 

During the special session, both chambers approved a Joint Resolution asking Congress to pass the Main Street Fairness Act, which would require Internet retailers to collect sales tax from their customers, just like brick-and-mortar stores do, and remit those taxes to the appropriate states. Could...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

Worth a look: Initiatives that are paid for

Although the Legislature is on break, new legislation continues to pop up. Among ideas is a proposed constitutional amendment from Sen. Dan Swecker of Rochester and other Republicans like Mark Schoesler of Ritzville and Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla. It requires any initiative that starts...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

Spec Sess Day17: Senate begins budget debate

OLYMPIA -- The Senate is beginning debate on the "early action budget" which closes about $480 million of the state's budget gap. It's the same budget approved Tuesday evening in the House. Senate Ways and Means Commitee Chairman Ed Murray, D-Seattle, said some people call...

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Spec Sess Day17: A good day for adjournment?

OLYMPIA -- Some strong signs that this could be the last day of the Legislature's emergency session on the budget: Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, in the Senate wings before the morning session started: "Looks like a good day for sine die." ' The...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

Spec Sess Day15: State Budget 2.0

OLYMPIA -- Legislative budget negotiators have twin proposals to reduce the state's fiscally challenged General Fund budget by about $480 million. The "Early Action Supplemental Budget" -- which consists of matching bills in the House and the Senate -- involve a series of administrative cuts,...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Spec Sess Day11: More than a third gone

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature continues its "special but we're in no real hurry" session with a series of committee hearings today and no votes on either floor. No word on when, if at all, Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposed budget cuts will get out of either...

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

Spec Sess Day8: Wenatchee PFD bailout passes 

OLYMPIA -- The House passed a bill that would loan a troubled public facilities district $42 million to avoid default, but only after limiting the way cities and counties involved can raise taxes. On a 56-33 bipartisan vote, the House passed HB 2145, which would...

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Spec Sess Day8: Get 'er done, Brown urges

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire's administration is beginning to show a certain frustration with the slow pace of the Legislature in its 30-day special session. Office of Financial Management Director Marty Brown today sent all 147 legislators an e-mail saying the state is burning through...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2011

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

Spec Sess Day 5: No budget by end of session?

OLYMPIA -- A Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee expressed serious doubts Friday the Legislature would pass a new budget before time ran out on the special session. And the chairman of the committee did nothing to contradict him. At the start...

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