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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

SATURDAY, JAN. 28, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

School Board campaign limits pass House 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to place the same limits on campaign contributions to school board candidates that apply to legislators and other city and county candidates passed the House overwhelmingly Friday. But not before some grousing by a few Republicans who thought the Legislature has…

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Marijuana measure goes to Legislature

OLYMPIA -- A measure that would decriminalize use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults was sent to the Legislature today after the Secretary of State's office certified it has more than enough signatures. Initiative 502 had a slightly higher than normal error…

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No lie: Ballots in the mail 

If you're a voter in Spokane County, chances are there's a ballot with your name on it somewhere in the U.S. postal system. Spokane County mailed some 260,000 ballots this week for the special election on Feb. 14 (possible slogan: Mail your ballot when you…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Same-sex Marriage bill advances

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to allow same-sex marriages in Washington cleared its first hurdle this morning as a legislative panel approved it on a 4-3 vote and sent it to the Senate for a full debate. Supporters beat back several attempts to change SB 6239,…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2012

Med School tied to "Jobs" package

OLYMPIA – Some $35 million to finish the Riverpoint medical school building may flow into Spokane as the top priority for the area’s business community finds itself on a list of projects to address one of the Legislature’s top priorities. Jobs. Or the project may…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

State of the Union text 

Did you miss a piece of the State of the Union address while you were eating dinner, doing the dishes or making sure the kids brushed their teeth. Or maybe you skipped it entirely. In any case, if you want to read what he had…

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McMorris Rodgers gives GOP prebuttle 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, gave Fox News a preview of the GOP's rebuttle to tonight's expected themes in President Obama's State of the Union address. The congresswoman from Spokane took repeated shots at Obama's rejection of the…

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MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

Same-sex marriage: Senate may have votes

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to give same-sex couples the ability to marry in Washington state may have the25 votes needed to pass the Senate. Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, a Camano Island Democrat who was officially undecided on the bill, announced this morning she would vote…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012

Spokane politics will miss Jan Polek

Writing about caucuses brings to mind one of the best fans of caucuses in Spokane, Jan Polek, who passed away earlier this month. Whenever I would rail about caucuses being a pain for a reporter to cover – which happened about every two years –…

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Could we boycott the Iowa caucuses? 

If no one else has yet proposed this, might I suggest the news media stop paying attention to the results of the Iowa precinct caucuses…or any precinct caucuses, for that matter. That includes Washington. No offense, all you good party loyalists who are preparing for…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

9th Circuit: WA primary system OK

OLYMPIA -- Washington state's current primary system which has candidates stating their party preference rather than a party affiliation and sends the top two vote-getters to the general election is constitutional, a federal appeals court said today. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims…

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Spokane to Lege: Finish the med school project

OLYMPIA -- Rain, snow and sleet is keeping postal carriers from completing some rounds in and around the capital, but it isn't deterring a delegation from Spokane from lobbying for key projects and issues with legislators. A delegation of about 60 Spokane-area business and government…

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