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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Sen. Bob Morton to retire

OLYMPIA -- Bob Morton, a conservative Republican who has served northeastern Washington's 7th District for 22 years, will retire from the Legislature at the start of next year. Morton announced today he will step down half way through his current term, setting the stage for…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012

Senate Democrats propose leadership changes

OLYMPIA -- Facing one of the narrowest majorities in years, Senate Democrats proposed a new committee one one of the state's thorniest problems with shared leadership responsibilities and a veteran with a record of interparty skills for the budget-writing panel. They also suggested the "president…

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MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

Holiday news at Capitol and beyond

OLYMPIA -- The state Capitol Grounds will feature a Nativity Scene this year, and a park a few blocks north will have a nine-foot lighted Menorah, state officials said. The Nativity Scene will be go up Dec. 11 and come down Dec. 28. The Menorah…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

Light blogging ahead for Thanksgiving week 

Spin Control will be giving thanks this week. Thanks for family and friends. Thanks for our system of government that keeps Spin Control gainfully employed. Thanks for an election that's over. There may be a few items that make their way into the blog this…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

Hewitt steps down as Senate minority leader

Walla Walla Republican Mike Hewitt will not seek another term as Senate minority leader. Hewitt, who is finishing his 12th year in the Senate and seventh year as the Republican leader, said today he would step down from the leadership post and "focus my energies…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

Murray to lead Senate Budget Committee

Patty Murray will be the Senate's chief budget writer next year when Congress convenes for its new session. The Washington Democrat announced today she will seek the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee, a position that will become open at the end of the year…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

State budget hole: $900 million 

OLYMPIA – Washington faces a $900 million budget hole through 2015, a slightly smaller one for the Legislature to fill than previously thought, thanks to a slowly recovering economy. Governor-elect Jay Inslee, a Democrat, reiterated Wednesday he plans to do that without a tax increase,…

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McMorris Rodgers wins leadership battle 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won the fourth highest position in the House of Representatives today in a closed meeting of House Republicans, The Hill, Politico and other media are reporting. McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, was elected chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. It ranks just…

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Inslee names transition team

Governor-elect Jay Inslee named a three-person transition team today comprised of a school superintendent, a software executive and a university president as he put out a call for talent "every single place we can find it." Inslee appointed Washington State University President Elson Floyd, Microsoft…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

Murray new Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA -- Seattle Sen. Ed Murray, who spearheaded the fight for same-sex marriage and ran the Senate's budget writing committee this year, will move up to leading the Democrats in that chamber next year. Murray was elected Senate majority leader Tuesday by the members of…

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Gregoire: Moving ahead on marijuana 

OLYMPIA – Washington will be “following the will of the voters and moving ahead” with setting up ways that adults can legally obtain marijuana for recreational use, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday after meeting with federal law enforcement officials. To read the rest of this…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

McKenna concedes; Inslee next governor 

A Democrat will occupy the governor's office for another four years. Less than 24 hours after his campaign insisted that their data showed he would eventually win the governor's race, Republican Rob McKenna conceded defeat Friday evening as Washington's ongoing ballot count showed he couldn't…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012


Spokane County vote on Referendum 74 after Wednesday's ballot count (Jim Camden)

Same-sex marriage foes concede defeat 11 

Spokane County vote on Referendum 74 after Wednesday's ballot count. OLYMPIA -- Opponents of Referendum 74, this afternoon conceded that they will lose the fight over same-sex marriage in Washington. The latest vote count has Ref. 74 passing with about 52 percent of the vote,…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012


Map of the Spokane County votes on Referendum 74 on Election night (Jim Camden)

Ref. 74 supporters declaring victory

OLYMPIA -- Supporters of Referendum 74, the state ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage, are declaring victory this afternoon, even before any more ballots are counted from the general election. Opponents say they aren't conceding. Washington United for Marriage scheduled an afternoon press conference…

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Election night totals for the 6th District House race between Jeff Holy and Dennis Dellwo (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Holy leads Dellwo 

Republican Jeff Holy built up his sizeable lead by beating Democrat Dennis Dellwo in most of the 6th Districts precincts. Dellwo won some city precincts in Spokane and Cheney, but Holy ran much stronger in the suburbs and rural precincts.

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