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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012


WA Lege: The final day or final daze?

OLYMPIA -- On the legislative calendar, this is Day 60 of a 60-day session. The two chambers are scheduled to adjourn for good no later than midnight tonight. Whether they'll go until 24:00:00 or not is unknown. What is known, however, is that they'll be…

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Legislature heading into overtime

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is headed into overtime over its troubled budget, although like most things this year on how much the state has to spend and where to spend it, there are significant disagreements on the whats and whens of a special session. Will…

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Special Session seems certain 

OLYMPIA -- Republican leaders of the Legislature said a special session is now a certainty, with the only real question when it will start. "I don't believe therre's any way for us to get done. There's no physical way," Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla…

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McMorris Rodgers for Veep meme continues 

Yet still another website is doing a post on the prospect of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers getting the No. 2 spot on the GOP national ticket this fall. This time it's Human Events, Powerful Conservative Voices. It has the standard bio information that's familiar…

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Kootenai caucuses: Santorum edges Paul

Welcome to the unpredictable, and often protracted, world of caucuses, Idaho Republicans. The system the Idaho GOP set up for balloting led to a long night in Kootenai County, where as many as four ballots were needed to winnow the field down to a winner.…

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Eyeglass bill gets final passage

OLYMPIA – The Legislature gave final approval this week to a bill that will allow charities like the Union Gospel Mission distribute used eyeglasses. After several trips back and forth between the two chambers, the House of Representatives gave unanimous approval to HB 2261, which…

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Council may call for Constitutional amendment

Spokane City Council members next week will tackle an issue that goes beyond city limits. They will consider a nonbinding resolution asking Congress and state legislatures to amend the Constitution to give lawmakers the authority to limit corporate political spending in campaigns. The U.S. Supreme…

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Special session looming

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature seemed headed for a special session Monday as leaders of both parties agreed it will be difficult, if not impossible, to negotiate a compromise between very different spending plans passed by the House and Senate in the next four days. Thursday…

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Signs of a long weekend

OLYMPIA -- Members of the Senate showed some signs they were still recovering from a long weekend which had them up until 2:30 a.m. Saturday, then back Saturday afternoon for more votes. First Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, was extolling the virtues of a gubernatorial appointment,…

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Romney wins Spokane County straw poll

Mitt Romney pulled off a razor thin victory in the straw poll of Republicans attending their precinct caucuses Saturday morning. The former Massachusetts governor topped former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum by 10 votes -- 1,521 to 1,511 -- in Spokane County. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul…

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Romney narrowly defeats Santorum in Spokane County

Fromer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney topped the field, but barely, in Spokane County. Four years after dominating the county's caucuses, Texas Congressman Ron Paul slipped to third. Here are the Spokane County results, according to Spokane County GOP Chairman Matthew Pederson: 1. Romney, 1,521 2.…

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AP: Romney wins Washington straw poll

Mitt Romney won Washington's presidential straw poll that accompanied today's Republican precinct caucuses, the Associated Press reports. The AP bulletin goes a bit far by saying Romney was "nominated president, Washington." The straw poll doesn't award delegates who will vote to nominate a candidate at…

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GOP caucuses: Romney leading in King, Pierce

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took an early lead in the state's most populous counties, King and Pierce, in a straw poll conducted for the state Republican precinct caucuses. In early returns, Romney had more than half the votes reported in Seattle and King County,…

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GOP Caucuses: Romney takes early lead

Mitt Romney took an early lead over Ron Paul as counting began of the straw poll conducted today with the Washington state Republican precinct caucuses. The state Republican Party said results from 15 of the state's 39 counties showed Romney with 1,213 votes, or about…

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Happy caucus day, Republicans. Here are some tips 

Washington Republicans gather this morning for caucuses, to start the process to select a presidential nominee, and to talk issues. Spokane County Republicans have more than 90 locations for their precinct caucuses, which begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. For help finding yours, click here. To…

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Senate Republicans pass alternative budget

OLYMPIA -- An alternative Republican budget passed the Senate 25-24 early Saturday morning after more than nine hours of parliamentary maneuvering and sometimes heated debate. Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, the architect of the spending plan said he hoped the Legislature could now "go forward" and…

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, debates an amendment to add money for family planning back into a Republican budget proposal. The amendment failed.

Senate budget debate continues

Sen. Lisa Brown argues for an amendment to restore money for family planning. OLYMPIA -- It'safter 10 o'clock. Do you know where your senator is? In session. The state Senate removed a rule that requires they adjourn for the day at 10 p.m. and continued…

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OLYMPIA -- Senate Democrats talk strategy on the floor of the Senate after Republicans took control of the process in a fight over the budget on March 2. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege: Senate Republicans pull budget coup

Senate Democrats try to regroup after Republicans seized control of the budget debate with parliamentary maneuvers. OLYMPIA -- Senate Republicans, aided by three conservative Democrats, used parliamentary tactics to push their alternative budget to a vote Friday and embarass the majority of Democrats who up…

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Senate passes health exchange bill 

OLYMPIA – Despite Republican objections that it was moving too fast, and reported threats of political reprisals, the Senate approved changes to a system of shopping for medical insurance care that supporters liken to internet sites like Travelocity. By a 27-22 vote, senators set new…

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Democrats target Romney

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and possibly Congressman Ron Paul, are getting some help in their bids for the GOP presidential nomination from an unusual source: The Washington State Democratic Party. The state party is targeting GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney with a blitz in advance…

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