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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Members of Native American tribes from around Washington gather in the Capitol Building outside the Senate doors to sing after legislation restoring authority to their local court systems was signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Monday, March 19. (Jim Camden)

Gregoire: Don't threaten me

Tribal members gather in the Capitol Building after a bill signing. OLYMPIA -- Legislators unhappy about her refusal to sign many bills should take their concerns up with their leadership, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Monday. "I don't take threats from legislators," Gregoire said, responding to…

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Grading on corruption: WA gets B-, ID a D-

OLYMPIA – Washington is among the least "corruptible" states in the nation, while Idaho placed 40th out of 50 in a scorecard released Monday. Two watchdog organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity joined with Public Radio International and journalists around the country…

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This election could be so special 

OLYMPIA -- Jay Inslee’s not-so-timely departure from Congress could result in a special election in Western Washington. Special, the way the Church Lady used to say the word on "Saturday Night Live." The Secretary of State’s office is exploring the possibility of a special election…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Gregoire signing some bills

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a handful of bills this afternoon, refining her threat from Thursday she hopes will get the Legislature to come up with a passable budget. She's signing the bills that are important to her, she said, and that people had…

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Council considers rushing votes 

The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider rushing its normal voting procedure to condemn the proposed Spokane Tribe of Indians casino on the West Plains. Councilman Mike Fagan is sponsoring the resolution to put the city on record as opposing the casino and has…

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White enters 3rd District House race

Dave White, a county utilities inspector and Republican activist, will run for the state House of Representatives this fall in central Spokane’s 3rd District in an effort to rein in state spending and improve state infrastructure. White, 59, said Thursday he’ll challenge Democratic incumbent Timm…

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New GOP budget: 'Game changer' or 'waste of time'? 

OLYMPIA – For the first three days of the special session, everything involving the state’s troubled budget was done behind the closed doors. That went by the wayside Thursday. Senate Republicans and their three Democratic allies released a new budget proposal at a morning press…

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New state budget pushed into the fray

OLYMPIA -- In an effort to break a budget logjam, Senate Republicans and their three Democratic allies unveiled a new spending plan Thursday morning that would spend more on public schools and state colleges. It also offers more money for child care for working families…

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New districts good, at least for now

OLYMPIA--Washington voters will choose candidates this fall for the congressional and legislative districts approved this year by a special commission, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday. Whether those districts will need to be adjusted before the 2014 elections, based on a challenge that they were…

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Phoning in some state savings

OLYMPIA – And you thought you were paying too much for your cell phone. The state found ways to save about $1.7 million this biennium by turning in thousands of cell phones that state agencies were using very little or not at all, and switching…

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Special Session Day 2: No budget deal in sight

OLYMPIA -- With most legislators still at home, their leaders continued meeting Tuesday with Gov. Chris Gregoire in search of a solution to the state's budget problems They reached no agreements on a key sticking point. Gregoire told them to set those disagreements aside and…

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Judge rewrites Ref. 74 ballot language 

OLYMPIA -- A Thurston County judge rewrote the ballot language for Referendum 74, the ballot measure that will try to overturn the state's new same-sex marriage law if enough signatures are gathered. Details of Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee's decision can be found here. A…

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

Dellwo challenges Ahern for 6th District seat 

Democrats will give voters a choice in at least one race in the 6th Legislative District. Former state Democratic state Rep. Dennis Dellwo filed paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission last month announcing a bid to challenge Republican state Rep. John Ahern. Democrats had…

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OLYMPIA -- Opening day of the Legislature's special session is a quiet and poorly attended affair, with Lt. Gov. Brad Owen at the rostrum, Sen. Debbie Regala (in white, on floor to the left) and Mark Schoesler (to the right at desk) present for the opening gavel. (Jim Camden)

Special Session Day 1: Don't blink...

The special session opens. ...Or you'll miss it. The Special Session of the Legislature opened and quickly adjourned for the day. Total elapsed time: About one minute. In the Senate, Sens. Debbie Regala, D-Regala, and Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, were on hand to see Lt. Gov.…

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Special Session Day 1: Noon start

OLYMPIA -- The special session of the Legislature starts at noon today, but don't expect big announcements quickly on the budget. The agenda for the Senate says "pro forma" session which is Latin for something like "not much will happen." For those keeping track at…

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OLYMPIA -- Sine die adjournment ceremony in the Senate, with Lt. Gov. Brad Owen and Sen. Margarita Prentice, D-Renton, in the foreground at the rostrum, senators, staff and lobbyists on the floor and the video from the House and Senate ceremonies projected on the wall. (Jim Camden)

Legislature adjourns. Must come back Monday

That's all folks...the gavel comes down in the Senate on the 2012 regular session. The Legislature returns Monday for a special session. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature adjourned at midnight Thursday without passing a new general operating budget, and Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered them back to…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire tells reporters on the last day of the regular session of the Legislature that she wants to keep the pressure on the Legislature to come up with a "conceptual agreement" on the budget.  (Jim Camden)

Gregoire: Keep the pressure on

Gregoire to Legislature: Everyone's tired. Get over it OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire again tried to avoid saying the words "special session" while acknowledging it's clear the Legislature will not finish by midnight, even with a new budget proposal available for a vote in the…

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