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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

Inaugural ball moved to Capitol

OLYMPIA -- The location of the Inaugural Ball, which has been the subject of much kvetching since it was announced several months ago, has changed. It will be back at the Capitol. The Capitol has been the traditional location for the inaugural celebration, and the…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

5 seeking 7th District Senate seat

A county commissioner, a former legislator and a former legislative aide are among five applicants so far for an open state Senate seat in Northeastern Washington’s 7th District. The seat becomes open Jan. 1 when Sen. Bob Morton, a 22-year veteran legislator, retires halfway through…

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23 same-sex couples get licenses in Spokane

Spokane County officials issued 23 marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday on the first day that became legal in Washington state. That was, not surprisingly, the most of any Eastern Washington county, but fairly low compared to the urban counties along the Puget Sound. King…

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Kerns to seek state Senate seat

Josh Kerns, a former legislative aide and campaign manager, said today he'll apply for the open state Senate seat in Northeast Washington's 7th District. Kerns, 27, was a legislative aide during the last session to state Rep. John Ahern, managed the campaign of Ahern's replacement…

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Bragging rights on same-sex marriage go to WA

Supporters of same-sex marriage in Washington state apparently have something to hold over those other states that approved a similar law change at the ballot box last month. Not only did Washington have a bigger margin of victory than Maine and Maryland, says Andy Grow…

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More signatures needed for initiatives

OLYMPIA -- The turnout was down slightly in Washington state compared to the 2008 presidential election, but the number of ballots cast was up. That means the number of signatures needed for initiatives and referenda goes up next year. Huh? We explain inside the blog.…

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This is a map of the final vote count for I-502 in Spokane County. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Final count on I-502

A funny thing happened on the way to Spokane County supporting Initiative 502, which legalizes marijuana for private use by adults. Some precincts, particularly those in the city of Spokane, really liked it. And by that we mean by big margins. Other precincts, as the…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 4, 2012

FAQs on changes to WA marijuana law 

When the clock ticks past midnight Wednesday, Washington state will have the most permissive law in the nation regarding marijuana, thanks to voters who approved Initiative 502. But the new law isn’t a blanket license for anyone to smoke marijuana anywhere, any time. There are…

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MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012

Short won't seek Senate seat

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Shelly Short said this evening she will not seek the state Senate seat that will become open on Jan. 1 with the retirement of Bob Morton. Morton, a 22-year veteran of the Legislature, announced last week that he would retire halfway through…

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Photo of giant check presentation for $50,000 in state funds to Pepsico for moving to the Central Business Park in Spokane Valley. In photo, r to l, are Valley Mayor Tom Towey, Rick Cooper of Pepsi Bottling Co., and Dan Duer, general manager of Wolff Services. (Photo fro Wolff Services)

Somebody get a giant deposit slip 

Holding check, right to left, are Valley Mayor Tom Towey, Rick Cooper of Pepsi Bottling Co., and Dan Duer, general manager of Wolff Services. A few weeks ago, the state gave a $50,000 grant to the Pepsi Bottling Co., as an incentive to move into…

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SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

Kretz won't seek Senate seat, Short might 

OLYMPIA -- State Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda will not seek the 7th District Senate seat being vacated by Bob Morton, but seatmate Shelly Short said she is considering it. Morton announced this week that he will retire at the end of this year, leaving…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 29, 2012

State Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, packing up her office in the state Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 29. (Jim Camden)

Brown packs up for WSU-Spokane

Sen. Lisa Brown pauses while packing her office to take a phone call. OLYMPIA – As she packed up the memorabilia from 20 years in the Legislature, Lisa Brown was preparing Thursday to take charge of a dream for Spokane that was even older. In…

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Brown to be WSU-Spokane chancellor

Sen. Lisa Brown will move from the leading Senate Democrats to leading the WSU-Spokane campus. Brown was named chancellor of WSU-Spokane this afternoon by President Elson Floyd. The Spokane Democrat did not seek re-election this year and retires in December after 20 years in the…

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Inslee names chief of staff

Mary Alice Heuschel, the Renton Schools superintendent, will be Governor-elect Jay Inslee's chief of staff. Inslee made the announcement this morning that Heuschel, who was among a trio picked to head his transition team, will go with him to Olympia next year. Education will be…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Map of the ballots cast, by precinct, in the 2012 general election (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Where the votes were

Turnout is an important statistic in any election, but it's not always the key statistic because precincts with small registration can have a high turnout but not produce many votes. Elections turn on ballots, and the precincts with the most ballots are the most important.…

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Schoesler named Senate Republican leader

OLYMPIA -- Mark Schoesler, a Ritzville area wheat farmer, was named leader of the state Senate's Republican Caucus Wednesday. Schoesler, 55, has served 20 years in the Legislature, was elected by other Republicans to take the place of Mike Hewitt of Walla Walla, who stepped…

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Map of the final vote margins in Spokane County precincts in the 2012 presidential race (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Final presidential count 

Editor's note: when this story appeared in Wednesday's paper, one of the first comments was, where are the maps? Here's the first.) A voting district southeast of the Spokane Valley city limits can bask in the bright red glow of being the county’s most conservative…

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