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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2010

MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

McCaslin tops seniority list

OLYMPIA -- The list of state senators and their years of legislative service came out today and, while it's not unexpected, it does offer a reminder that state Sen. Bob McCaslin, R-Spokane Valley, is the most senior member of the Senate.By quite a bit.McCaslin took…

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Gov calls for pension, health care reforms

OLYMPIA -- The state should cut off automatic increases to some state retirees and keep others from retiring then being rehired for their old jobs, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.It should also revamp health insurance programs to find savings from large purchase and reductions in…

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Will WA get a 10th House seat?

Set next Tuesday aside for marking something other than the Winter Solstice. It will also be the day Washington state finds out whether it will add one more congressional district.The U.S. Census Bureau will announce the national headcount and the state-by-state breakdowns. From that, states…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 11, 2010

Spokane County GOP picks new leader 

In a close vote on Saturday, the Spokane County Republican Party replaced it chairwoman with the former mayor of Airway Heights. Precinct committee officers voted 91-85 for Matthew Pederson, a current Airway Heights city councilman, over the incumbent leader, Cindy Zapotocky. Heading into the race,…

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Corker announces bid for council president

Spokane City Councilman Steve Corker announced Monday that he will run for Spokane City Council president next year. Corker, 69, is a former advertising and marketing executive who was first elected to the council in 1999. Rather than run for re-election, Corker ran unsuccessfully for…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010

Map of increases in voter turnout in Spokane County for the 2010 General Election. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

GOP won the right precincts 

Compare the map of voters above with the maps below of the way votes stacked up in key races.Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers who don’t pay attention to statistics may be destined to keep losing.So it might be…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Final legislative recounts go to GOP 

OLYMPIA -- Three recounts of West Side legislative races were completed Friday and Republicans held on to win all three of them, defeating incumbent Democrats in each case.Hans Zeiger finished ahead of House Democratic Caucus Chairwoman Dawn Morrell by 30 votes after Morrell picked up…

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A Democratic turn of phrase

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray agreed recently to take the job of chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, a group dedicated, as its name suggests, to getting more Democrats elected to the Senate.Considering last month’s election results, it’s not surprising there wasn’t a long line…

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Give wisely, Reed and McKenna say

OLYMPIA -- The state's naughty and nice list for charities and fund-raisers is out today, and state officials are suggesting that people be careful as well as generous this holiday season.About $1.4 billion was donated to charities in the last year, but about $400 million…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 2, 2010

Menorah on the Capitol Grounds erected by a Seattle group. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Happy Hanukkah from the Capitol

OLYMPIA -- As it has for several years, a Seattle-based Jewish group erected a menorrah at the Capitol. A menrrah was inside in 2005-8, but all private displays were moved outside in 2009 after controvery involving a sign by atheists and requests to put a…

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No decision on special session

OLYMPIA -- After nearly two hours behind closed doors, legislative leaders and Gov. Chris Gregoire broke their huddle over budget problems but emerged with no consensus on a special session to close at least some of a gap of $1.1 billion projected for the remainder…

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Gov, legis leaders huddling

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire and top lesgislative leaders are meeting behind closed doors this afternoon, looking at ways to cut the state's budget.Some leaders are here in Olympia, while a few like Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and Minority Leader Mike Hewitt are on…

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Budget meeting at 1:30 p.m.

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire meets at 1:30 p.m. today with Democratic and Republican leaders of the state Senate and House to discuss the state's budget problems and their suggested solutions.And the prospect of a special session to address them.Meanwhile, Senate Republicans released their list…

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McMorris Rodgers has a girl

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers gave birth to an 8 pound, 4 ounce baby girl just after midnight today in Washington, D.C.McMorris Rodgers, who is among the House Republicans' leading users of social media, announced the birth with a message on Twitter and a Facebook post…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 30, 2010

Promotion for Camel cigarettes featuring Seattle which has Gov. Chris Gregoire unhappy, as of 11/29/2010.

Gregoire smoking mad over Camel promo 

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is blasting the makers of Camel cigarettes for its use of Seattle as one of 10 "cool" locations in an ad campaign.The "Breaking Free" campaign, which will use 10 locations on which the iconic dromedary and standing in front of…

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