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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

Gov declares weather emergency

OLYMPIA -- Snow and ice around the state have prompted Gov. Chris Gregoire to declare a winter storm emergency, activating the National Guard and suspending rules for delivering milk from dairies. Gregoire's emergency declaration orders the adjutant general to activate whatever units necessary to help…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2012

WA Lege Day 10: Hearing sked shortened

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature is attempting to muddle through with diminished numbers this morning in the midst of "snow-maggedon" in the South Puget Sound. It did stick to committee schedules this morning, although many hearings had fewer people present to testify because roads are so…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Rep. John Ahern, R-Spokane, center, back to camera, addresses the March for Life on the Capitol Steps on Jan. 17, 2012. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 9: Pro-life rally despite snow 

Rep. John Ahern, (center with back to the camera) addresses the March for Life rally on the north Capitol steps Tuesday. OLYMPIA -- A couple of inches of sloppy snow did not keep pro-life groups from participating in the annual March for Life this afternoon.…

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2012

SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

WA Lege Day 4: Fight ahead over charter schools? 

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of legislators, backed by business and education reform groups, announced a push Thursday for charter schools and new teacher evaluations. The Washington Education Association immediately questioned where the money would come from for charter schools and how the evaluation systems…

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Senate Democrats coalescing on reforms

OLYMPIA -- Senate Democratic leaders think they've narrowed a stack of possible reforms that some member wants to a smaller list they may be able to pass. The reforms would save at least $50 million in this budget cycle, and as much as $300 million…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Plastic bag ban gets a hearing

OLYMPIA – Banning plastic shopping bags throughout the state would keep them from showing up along roadsides, in landfills and in the bellies of whales in the Puget Sound, the sponsor of a proposed ban said Wednesday. But it would also force people out of…

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OLYMPIA -- Dr. Arun Raha, state chief economist, reads from his list of Top 10 Arun-isms at a press conference announcing he is resigning to take a job in Cleveland. (Jim Camden)

WA chief economist Raha to quit

Arun Raha reads from a list of his Top 10 "Arun-isms". OLYMPIA -- Dr. Arun Raha, the state's chief economist who delivered some the worst financial news in more than a half-century but managed a quip or a laugh to help ease the pain, is…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Republican leaders respond to Gov. Chris Gregoire's State of the State address. From left: 
Rep. Charles Ross, Naches; Rep. Gary Alexander, Olympia; Rep. Richard DeBolt, Chehalis; Sen. Mike Hewitt, Walla Walla; Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, Wenatchee; Sen. Joe Zarelli, Ridgefield.
 (Jim Camden)

State of State: GOP skeptical on oil fee

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposal to place a $1.50 per barrel fee on oil produced in Washington state got a cold reception from Republican leaders. Speaking at a press conference after the State of the State address and Republican response, House Minority Leader Richard…

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