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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Who's buying whom in Congress?

Powered by Tableau A Washington, D.C., group that researches money in politics has created lists of what organizations spend what on whom, congressionally speaking. MapLight also has put its research on a map that allows you go see that information with a few clicks of…

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

McMorris Rodgers names district director

Spokane attorney Dick Leland is the new district director for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The congresswoman's office made the announcement today that Leland, who worked for the Farm Credit System before becoming a lawyer, is her pick to replace the former director of her Eastern…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2012

Sunday Spin: McMorris Rodgers for Veep? 12 

A political blog in the other Washington, The Daily Caller, suggests a certain congresswoman from this Washington could have a shot at the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket this fall. The blog quotes a Republican strategist, Kellyanne Conway, as saying Cathy McMorris…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2012

The Jensen-Byrd building in the University District east of downtown Spokane will be demolished by its new owners, Austin, Texas-based Campus Advantage. The company plans to build housing for about 425 students on the site. (File)

Council may ask WSU to save historic warehouse 

A historic building slated for the wrecking ball could get a friend in the Spokane City Council. Late last year, Washington State University-Spokane announced it would sell a 102-year-old warehouse called the Jensen-Byrd building so a development company could tear down the brick building and…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2012

Fund ed first, House Republicans say 

OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of budgeting process in a session where that was supposed to be the main thing the Legislature tackled, argued Thursday for a new approach. The state should set aside what it…

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Oil barrel fee not likely, key Democrats say

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposal to place a $1.50 per barrel fee on oil refined in Washington state appears close to dead. Two key Senate Democrats said as much today in separate settings. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, chairwoman of the Senate Transportation…

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Senate passes gay marriage bill 28-21

OLYMPIA – With votes to spare, the state Senate passed a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington, sending it to the House of Representatives where it also has enough votes to pass. A full gallery erupted after senators passionately but respectfully debated…

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Senate debates gay marriage: A slow start

OLYMPIA -- The Senate convened to consider the same-sex marriage bill right at 6 p.m., then promptly went into caucus to discuss amendments. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, who presides over the Senate, welcomed the people in the full gallery...and asked them to conform to accepted…

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New district lines approved

OLYMPIA -- The Senate gave the final OK today to the new boundaries for Washington's legislative and congressional district lines. The boundaries, drawn up by the state Redistricting Commission and approved by that panel on Jan. 1, rearrange state legislative districts and add a 10th…

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Same-sex marriage debate tonight in Senate

OLYMPIA -- Debate over the same-sex marriage bill is scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening in the Senate. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the bill's prime sponsor, estimates a couple hours for debate, although it could go longer. Will probably depend on the number of amendments,…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

On minimum wages and maximum salaries

OLYMPIA – While a House committee considered plans Tuesday to cut wages for some of the state's lowest-paid private workers, a Senate committee tried to emphasize the state doesn’t pay the salaries of its highest-paid public workers. The House Labor Committee considered five different changes…

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OLYMPIA -- Tribal drummers form a drum circle in the Capitol Rotunda on Native American Lobby Day, Jan. 31, 2012. (Jim Camden)

Drumming up some support

Drum circle in the Capitol Rotunda. OLYMPIA -- The best thing about the Capitol is one never knows what one will find going on in there. Sometimes it's a dairy princess serving up ice cream bars. Sometimes its the cattlemen offering 'burgers. (S-R reporters have…

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

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