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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

State of State: Education reform

OLYMPIA -- Ask the universities to innovate and partner with low-performing schools, Gov. Chris Gregoire urged the Legislature. "All of our students, not just tghose who can afford itg, must have more skills and knowledge to compete in this century," she said. "When we ask…

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State of WA at 10:30 a.m.

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire will deliver her state of the state address to a joint session of the Legislature at 10:30 a.m. So let's see, is it technicallly the State of the State address, the State of Washington State addres, the State of the…

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Stuckart rearranges chairs, agendas

New Spokane City Council President may have lost an automatic seat on the Spokane Airport Board on Monday, but he still has the power to create a seating chart. And he exercised that right by shuffling the seats on the dais that already were reshuffled…

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

Hats on, hats off

Former Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan was well-known for his vigilance enforcing a ban on people wearing hats when testifying to City Council. So any long-time observers of the City Council may have wondered if newly elected City Council President Ben Stuckart would be…

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House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, on the opening day of the 2012 Legislative Session. (Jim Camden)

Best line of the day

"It seems like we were just here, less than a month ago. Oh wait. We were." - House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt, in his floor speech on the opening of the 2012 Regular Session. Every body was thinking it. Lots of people quoted Yogi Berra's…

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Gonzalez sworn in to WA Supreme Court

OLYMPIA -- Steven Gonzalez, a former King County Superior Court judge, was sworn in today as the newest member of the State Supreme Court. Gonzalez was appointed late last year to fill the seat left open by the retirement of Justice Gerry Alexander, who reached…

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Initiative filed against same-sex marriage 

OLYMPIA -- The beginning of January doesn't just mark the beginning of the Legislature. It is also the beginning of the initiative filing season. Earlier today, an Everett attorney filed paperwork for an initiative that would define marriage as strictly between one man and one…

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House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, listens to floor debate on the opening day of the 2012 Legislative session. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1: And, they're off...

House Speaker Frank Chopp listens to floor speeches on the opening day of the 2012 session. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature started it's 60-day session with the usual pomp and circumstance, and a preview of the debates ahead over the next 59 days. As soon as…

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OLYMPIA -- House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt and Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, talk while waiting for the official start of the 2012 Legislative session. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1: Kickoff at noon

House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt of Chehalis and Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, talk just before the 2012 legislative session begins. OLYMPIA -- The 2012 legislative session starts at noon, with a bit of pomp and circumstance. Legislators also have committee hearings in the afternoon,…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

Gov debate set for Spokane?

What may well be the first gubernatorial debate of the Washington election season could happen June 12 in Spokane. Or not. The Association of Washington Business, which has a long history of gubernatorial matchups in front of its membership, wants to have Attorney General Rob…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2012

McLaughlin considering bid against Brown 

The proposed new boundaries for Spokane's 3rd Legislative District could be helpful for a potential bid by Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. The proposed district (map here) still would strongly favor Democrats, but it also would add some Republican-leaning precincts. McLaughlin said last week that she will…

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Gregoire: Time to legalize same-sex marriage

OLYMPIA -- Washington must end discrimination against same-sex couples, an emotional Gov. Chris Gregoire said this morning. She urged the Legislature to pass a bill that allows gay and lesbian couples to marry in the state without requiring churches to perform the service if they…

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Will Santorum catch fire in WA?

Washington Republicans held a "straw poll" over the last week of December to test the strength of the presidential candidate field. It pretty well mirrored Iowa and the that time. Here's the breakdown, released yesterday by the Washington State Republican Party: Candidate Percentage Mitt…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

West Plains voters moving Lege districts

Many residents of the West Plains likely will vote for different legislators this fall, even if they like the ones they have right now. Medical Lake and Cheney residents would no longer be sharing their legislators with Ritzville and Pullman, and Airway Heights and Fairchild…

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Romney betting favorite in Iowa

Some folks will bet on anything, including politics. If you are one of them, and looking to lay down a bet on the Iowa caucuses, you might want to know that an Irish betting company, Paddy Power, has installed Mitt Romney as even money to…

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