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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2009

MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

Not to say 'Toldya so' but...

As reported by rumor last week in Spin Control, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is apparently President Obama's pick to head the Commerce Secretary.The Associated Press is quoting an anonymous source as saying the announcement hasn't been made yet but that's the way it's shaping...

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Today's video: Not easy being GOP

In an interview last week, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers fairly succinctly described the problem a Republican governor would be in right now when faced with the prospect of taking or not taking federal money from the economic stimulus package."It would be very difficult to say...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

Today's fun video: Hillary on TV...

Although you'll have to watch about 30 seconds before hearing words you might recognize.Because it's a TV show in Indonesia.For teen-agers. But they don't do such a bad job with the interview, if the backdrop doesn't drive you crazy.

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Rumor: Commerce job for Locke?

Barack Obama may reach into Washington state one more time for spots in the administration. A Washington, D.C., source says former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is being considered for the Commerce Secretary's job.That's been a tough one for Obama to fill. New Mexico Gov. Bill...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009


Renew what?

Campaign yard signs for Spokane School proposed ballot measures say one way the public can “Vote Yes for Kids” on March 10 is to renew a bond issue. But that’s not quite accurate, even a co-chairwoman of the bond issue campaign concedes. Spokane School District...

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Today's fun video: Who is Kristen Wiig?

A little late in posting, but last weekend's Saturday Night Live was not very kind to Congressional Republicans and their opposition to the economic stimulus package.But it does raise a couple of questions:The first: Is Dan Ackroyd better as John Boehner than he was as...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009



Drop off boxes out

Spokane County is putting out its ballot drop off boxes today. Which may seem strange, considering that most voters do not actually have ballots to drop off.But the ballots go out in the mail today and Thursday, so it won't be long before you are...

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Minnick to auto industry: Yer grounded

Well not exactly. But U.S. Rep. Walt MInnick did repeat his call today for "tough love" for the auto industry as it seeks federal bailout.By that he means they need to submit reorganization plans to a bankruptcy judge, rather than coming to Congress. Go inside...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009

For those keeping track at home

Washington Votes, a Web site that offers information about the Legislature, legislators and legislation -- as well as news and comments -- has a rather telling set of figures.There are three rolling counters. One for bills introduced, one for amendments introduced and one for new...

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009

What Risch will be up to

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch got his subcommittee assignment today, and they seem to be pretty well matched with the state and the region.The freshman Republican even got a "power" post of sorts. He's the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy Subcommittee. (And yes, that's an...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2009

A day off...from meters

This may be the only state named for a president, but President's Day is sort of a second-tier holiday. Banks are closed, many government offices are open, and some stores will try to capitalize on it by putting Washington or Lincoln's mug on their closeout...

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The power to tax is the power to...

Colleague Rich Roesler continues his reporting on one of the more unusual revenue generating proposals of the Legislature, a special tax on porn, in this Eye on Olympia post.As he notes, the idea isn't brand new. It was tried without success in 2004. So the...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009


Stimulus tally: WA 2 yeys; ID 2 nays

No big surprises locally on the Senate vote on the stimulus package. Or as Idaho Sen. Jim Risch calls it in his press release the "so-called stimulus package."Which probably tips people to the fact that Risch and fellow Idaho Republican Mike Crapo voted no.Sens. Patty...

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MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009

'One man's pork...

...is another man's wise investment in the local infrastructure." -- Tom Foley, former House speaker.We are reminded of that quote in listening to President Obama's press conference, in which the prez said there are no earmarks in the economic stimulus package.PolitiFact says that ain't exactly...

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You cut the budget

Congress and the Legislature are spending most of their waking hours wrestling with the budget...and the general public is spending most of its waking hours criticizing what they've done (or not done) so far.Here are a couple of chances to show you could do a...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009

Today's videos: The debate rages

The Senate debate over the stimulus package continues.And so does the parody-ing of it.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cClusterf#@k to the Poor House - Economic Recovery PlanDaily Show Full EpisodesImportant Things With Demetri MartinFunny Political NewsJoke of the Day

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2009

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