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Spin Control archive for April 2010


Spokane Mayor Mary Verner, left, and Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey wear shirts from each other's jurisdictions as part of a bet over the returns on the U.S. Census.

Spokane, Valley cities tie on census bet

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and Spokane Valley Mayor Tom ToweyElected officials are sometimes unable to avoid making bets with their counterparts in other realms about sporting events. When there are no decent sporting events, they sometimes cook up other competitions on which to wager.Thus it…

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Is he right, or just far right? 

Tim James, a candidate for governor in Alabama, has a new ad that's generating interest far beyond the borders of the Sweet Home state.If he's elected, the commercial says, he'll end the current practice of giving drivers license tests in 12 languages, and just offer…

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Early morning trek for history

After nearly four months in Washington, D.C., on an American studies program, Michelle Creek had a chance at something special Wednesday – but it meant getting up at 5:45 a.m., walking some 10 blocks through the city and waiting in line in the early morning…

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This botton was made by supporters of Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick in response to a no confidence vote in the chief's office from the Spokane Police Guild.

Other unions show support for Kirkpatrick

Division in the Spokane Police Department has been made clear by the March no confidence vote held by the Spokane Police Guild.Some supporters of Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick within the department responded by printing and wearing the button pictured above, and it appears she has…

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Correction on tax initiatives

OLYMPIA -- Initiative sponsor par excellance and alert reader Tim Eyman points out an inaccuracy in last Saturday's item about the tax increases Gov. Chris Gregoire signed. He and other tax foes in his camp have filed initiatives to repeal six of the taxes passed…

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3 of 4 Census forms back

The U.S. Census Bureau says Washington has exceed it mail-back participation in the 2010 Census compared to 2000. It says nearly 3 of 4 residences, or 74 percent, have mailed back their forms. That's 2 percentage points ahead of the mail-back previous census.Idaho has matched…

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Wassup: April 28

Biggest action for Washington state today is in the other Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in Doe v. Reed, the dispute over making public the names of people who sign initiative and refererndum petitions.Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is arguing the case for…

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RNC "Census" mailing investigated, criticized 

Fundraising letters sent to Eastern Washington voters from the national Republican Party are receiving a review by the U.S. Postal Service and bipartisan criticism from members of Congress who view them as a deceptive and potentially illegal infringement on the U.S. Census.Two Democratic House members…

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Wassup: April 27

Gov. Chris Gregoire is signing several bills at 2 p.m., including one that orders state workers to take 10 days off without pay over the next 15 months. Attorney General Rob McKenna is in the other Washington, preparing for Wednesday's appearance before the U.S. Supreme…

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MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

Statue of Confucius at the cemetery of his family in Qufu, China (Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review)

Wassup: April 26

Statue of Confucius at his family's cemetery in Qufu, ChinaA quiet day in Olympia, with Gov. Chris Gregoire set to announce an appointment to the Dourt of Appeals at 1:30 p.m. and sign a Memo of Understanding in Seattle at 4 p.m. to create a…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire signs an increase on many consumer goods and business services as a Rep. Ross Hunter (right, in suit) and a crowd of supporters look on, April 23, 2010 (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Gregoire signs, defends tax hikes

Gregoire signs tax bill as crowd that includes Rep. Ross Hunter (right) looks on.OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods to protect…

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College Republicans straw poll goes to Didier

The Washington College Republicans just released the results of the straw poll from their recent convention in Spokane, and they're backing Clint Didier...although with a couple of caveats.First, while there are 11 announced GOP candidates looking to oust Patty Murray in the U.S. Senate race…

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Wassup: April 23

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is scheduled to sign tax increases today at 1:30 p.m.There's the $1 per pack cigarette tax plus the tax package that backs up the rest of the supplemental budget, which includes higher taxes on beer, soda, bottled water, candy and…

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Continuing to weigh the Rossi factor 

Dino Rossi continues to be some Democrats' favorite choice for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat.Spin Control continues to be in the "I'm from Missouri" mode on that. (Actually, I am from Missouri, but that's a whole separate narrative.)On "will run" side of…

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Wassup: April 22

It's Earth Day. If you haven't bought a card or gift for your beloved, there's still time to stop on the way home. Oh, wait, wrong holiday. If you haven't picked up some earth for your beloved, be sure to stop on the way home...To…

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MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2010

SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2010

Light blogging ahead from Olympia

OLYMPIA -- Reports from the wet side will be infrequent through the middle of the week.With the Legislature sent packing, Jim Camden is on furlough through Wednesday.Jonathan Brunt will file as warranted from Spokane, so stay tuned for any updates from closer to home.

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WA Lege SpecSess: Looking back 

OLYMPIA – Most years when the Legislature goes home, the winners and losers are pretty obvious. You count the scars and tote up the pork.This year, everyone has scars and the Lege wasn’t cutting on a fat hog, so the final judgment may wait at…

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