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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

The other ballot measure against gay marriage

OLYMPIA -- A Thurston County judge has settled on ballot language for Initiative 1192, which would prohibit same-sex marriage by defining marriage as a civil contract between a man and a woman. This is not to be confused with Referendum 74, which would prohibit same-sex…

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State revenue forecast: Almost flat

OLYMPIA -- Washington might collect about $96 million more in taxes over the next 17 months than previously projected, which isn't much in a $30 billion budget. Relatively speaking, the revenue forecast is flat. That was good news for Democratic legislators trying to fix a…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Rev forecast may be positive for a change

OLYMPIA – Washington might get the most optimistic budget outlook in years Thursday when state economists deliver the latest revenue forecast. The demand for state services may be lower and the amount of expected revenue may be higher than last November, signaling a shift of…

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City Council hits the road

The Spokane City Council will hit the road Thursday in a new monthly event meant to spark dialogue on city issues. City Council President Ben Stuckart promised in his campaign for the office last year to hold regular forums outside Monday City Council meetings so…

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Ron Paul picking up endorsements, headed for Spokane 

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. rally Friday evening at the Spokane Convention Center, and is picking up endorsements in and around Spokane. State Rep. Matt Shea, Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase, and Republican Central Committeemembers John Christina of Spokane…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Referendum number is up, by 1 

OLYMPIA -- The proposed ballot measure asking voters whether they support or oppose the same-sex marriage bill is Referendum 74, the Secretary of State's office said today. The proposal had been given the number 73 yesterday, when opponents of the law filed for a referendum…

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Obama to visit Boeing on Friday

President Obama has added a stop at the Boeing factory in Everett as part of his Wasington state visit on Friday. Word from the Obama re-election campaign says it's part of the campaign theme of "an economy built to last based on American manufacturing and…

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum holds a press conference in the House Republican Caucus Room on Feb. 13, 2012 (Jim Camden)

Santorum looking for caucus support 

Under the watchful eye of Ronald Reagan's portrait, Rick Santorum holds a press conference in the House Republican Caucus Room OLYMPIA – Looking for a chance to “plant a flag” in Washington for the March 3 precinct caucuses, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped by…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

Spokane mayor, David Condon answers questions from the audience after he delivered his 100-Day Action Plan address, Feb. 10, 2012 at the Red Lion Inn at the Park. (Dan Pelle)

Condon presents goals for first 100 days

Spokane Mayor David Condon unveiled his 100-day action plan on Friday with only 58 days left to complete his list. Among his promises for within his first 100 days in office: - Providing training to police and firefighters for working with “vulnerable” populations. - Form…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

WA Lege working on eyeglass problem

OLYMPIA – Groups like the Union Gospel Mission could go back to dispensing donated eyeglasses to the poor this summer if legislation to protect charities with such programs comes into a little sharper focus in the Legislature. The House and Senate both passed separate bills…

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Redistricting plan challenged 

OLYMPIA -- A Vancouver man is challenging the state redistricting plans approved to a special commission and adopted recently by the Legislature. John Milem, who attended almost every meeting of the Washington Redistricting Commission and prepared his own maps for new legislative and congressional boundaries,…

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House passes gay marriage bill 18 

OLYMPIA — By a vote of 55-43, the House passed and sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire Wednesday a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington. Gregoire, who called for such legislation late last year, will sign it sometime within the next week.…

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House same-sex marriage debate underway

OLYMPIA -- The debate in the House on the same-sex marriage bill begins around 1 p.m. and goes until... one's quite sure. But the House has nothing else on the schedule as far as committee hearings this afternoon, and has scheduled a 6 p.m.…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

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