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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2010

MONDAY, JAN. 25, 2010



Rothenburg: 3 NW races in play

Political pundit & prognasticator Stuart Rothenburg lists several Pacific Northwest races as ones to watch in the 2010 congressional elections.Like many politicos, he lists Idaho's Walt Minnick, a freshman Democratic congressman representing a Republican district. Idaho's 1st Congressional District is listed "Toss Up, tilt Republican.Rothenburg…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2010

FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 2010


WA Lege Day 11: Buenos Dias

It is Hispanic/Latino Legislative Day.It's also the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion, so abortion rights advocates will be demonstrating on the Capitol steps. Expectation is this demonstation will be smaller than the anti-abortion rally earlier this week, which drew more than…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 21, 2010

Brown: Jobs plan coming Tuesday 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate could vote as early as Friday on a bill to require most state workers to take a day off a month without pay, Majority Leader Lisa Brown said today. Plans to cut costs or raise taxes will come out in phases,…

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McKenna stubs out some cigarette sales

OLYMPIA -- Smokers who like Bronco, Champion, GT, Silver or 32degrees brand may want to stock up by the middle of February.As of Feb. 19, they have to be pulled from the shelves in Washington stores. Attorney General Rob McKenna is ordering them out of…

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WA Lege Day 10: Leathers and Cub Scouts

Spin Control has been incorrectly labelling the legislative session days this week, under the mistaken impression that one counts the days when they are actually in session. Turns out one counts all the days from opening gavel, even when they aren't around.Who knew? (OK, anyone…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20, 2010

WA Lege: Should credit scores help set car premiums? 

OLYMPIA – A credit score should not be used to help determine how much a person pays for home or auto insurance premiums, State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler told a legislative panel Wednesday evening.Factors that affect credit scores can discriminate against low income and minorities,…

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Does Scott Brown's victory have legs (or wings) to WA? 

OLYMPIA--Washington Republicans wasted little time trying to draw connections between a Democratic Senate loss in Massachusetts and election prospects in the Evergreen State.Washington Democrats conceded that the loss of a supermajority in the U.S. Senate complicates plans in the Legislature. They can’t expect Congress to…

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WA Lege: Pot decriminalization fails, too 

OLYMPIA--A bill that would turn possession of small amounts of marijuana into a civil infraction failed in a state House committee this afternoon.HB 1177, which would decriminalize the possession of about two ounces or less of marijuana, failed on a vote of 3 yeas and…

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WA Lege: Pot legalization fails 

OLYMPIA -- A bill to legalize personal use of marijuana died in committee today. The House Public Safety and Preparedness Committee rejected HB 2401 which would have put marijuana under state regulation and taxation. An estimate from the state Office of Financial Management released Tuesday…

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WA GOP hoping MA returns point the way

OLYMPIA -- Washington Republicans wasted no time in drawing political lines from Massachusetts to the Evergreen State, hoping Scott Brown's U.S. Senate victory is a harbinger for this fall.State GOP Chairman Luke Esser said he couldn't speculate on possible gains yet because so many candidates…

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WA Lege Day 8: Fire and Water?

OLYMPIA -- Today's agenda around the Capitol will be as diverse as fire and water.State Fire Commissioners have their day of lobbying legislators, and the state Ground Water Association will have equipment on display. It is also Autism Awareness Day and Dairy Day.Hearings start at…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2010

Police officer pension changes move to House floor

OLYMPIA -- There are still many questions for the legislative session, but at least one certainty: passage of improvements in pensions and other benefits for law enforcement and firefighters.Spurred by a series of murders of law enforcement officers in Western Washington, Gov. Chris Gregoire and…

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Thousands march against abortion 

OLYMPIA -- Opponents of abortion filled the Capitol steps Tuesday as legislators urged them to fight against federal health care mandates and proposals that would set new rules for their crisis pregnancy clinics.A crowd estimated at more than 4,000 by the Washington State Patrol marched…

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Realtors poll: On the wrong track?

Washington Realtors released results of a poll today that suggests voters are split on cutting the state budget or raising taxes.Of the 600 voters polled:55 percent said the state is on the wrong track, which is up from 44 percent in a July poll50 percent…

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Tues. fun video: Stewart rips Ds a new one

Never let it be said that The Daily Show's Jon Stewart only picks on Republicans. Last night he proved he's an equal opportunity annoyer in this discussion of the Massachusetts Senate race.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cMass Backwardswww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full…

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MONDAY, JAN. 18, 2010

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