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Spin Control archive for April 2012


FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012


Billig running for re-election

Democratic State Rep. Andy Billig made it official Thursday that he would run for re-election in the 3rd Legislative District. Billig, the co-owner of the Spokane Indians baseball team, was elected to an open seat in 2010 in a crowded race. With just over two…

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Contested PCO races on Aug. 7 ballot

OLYMPIA – After several years of adjusting to the state’s nonpartisan Top Two primary, which is a non-partisan affair, some voters will have a chance to cast a partisan vote for one office this August. The Top Two primary on Aug. 7 will feature partisan…

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Two Democrats consider bids for county commission 

Former City Councilman Bob Apple and former KREM-TV weatherman Daryl Romeyn are contemplating bids for Spokane County Commission. Both would run for the seat held by Republican Commissioner Mark Richard. He announced last weekthat he would not seek a third term. Republican Shelly O'Quinn, who…

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Cowan opens HQ for race against McMorris Rodgers 

As a political novice running against a member of the congressional leadership, Rich Cowan said he hopes to use what some would consider his weakness against what many would consider Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ strength. “This is the worst Congress ever, and she’s part of the…

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Roth considering independent run for president 

Spokane radio talk show host Laurie Roth will not be the Constitution Party’s nominee for president, but is considering a run as a “tea party” independent. That’s a tough route to the White House, she conceded in typically colorful language Tuesday: “It’s going to be…

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012

Liquor store licenses awarded

OLYMPIA -- The rights to operate Washington's state-owned liquor stores have all been auctioned off, at prices ranging from about $750,000 for a store in Tacoma to just under $50,000 for a store in Spokane. The state will collect $30.7 million from the auction. The…

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Gregoire to sign capital budget today

OLYMPIA -- The Capital Projects budget, which contains about $1 billion in new projects around the state, is scheduled to be signed this afternoon by Gov. Chris Gregoire. For certain segments of the Spokane population, this is the document most watched over and lobbied for…

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Sunday Spin: Did anything politicize the session?

OLYMPIA — A week after the Legislature’s overtime session wrapped up, Democrats accused GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna of delaying the final compromise by politicizing the process. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, joined members of Democratic governor candidate Jay Inslee’s staff to accuse McKenna of using…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012



Murray, Inslee camp slam McKenna over budget

OLYMPIA -- A week after the Legislature's overtime session wrapped up, Democrats accused GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna of delaying the final compromise by bringing politics into the process. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, joined members of the campaign for Democratic governor hopeful Jay Inslee to…

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MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012


Sunday Spin: Some phrases to retire

OLYMPIA – Now that the Legislature has wandered, bleary-eyed, out of town, would it be too much to hope they took some of their over-worked phrases with them and didn’t bring them back? First on the list: “Bending the curve.” Throughout the session, legislators talked…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Third time a charm for Envision Spokane?

Envision Spokane on Thursday filed its Community Bill of Rights initiative with the Spokane City Clerk's office. This is the third time the group has filed a Community Bill of Rights. It succeeded the previous two times in collecting the needed signatures to place the…

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The final budget solution

OLYMPIA – For almost 91 days the Legislature wrestled with a looming budget problem. For the first 90, it was even money, at best, whether the Legislature would win. The final solution for the beleaguered operating budget – which included side deals on a separate…

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Special Session 3.0: Senate passes tax bill 

OLYMPIA -- A plan to end a tax exemption for large banks and extend tax breaks for some other businesses passed the Senate over objections from some of the chambers more conservative Republicans and more liberal Democrats. The bill, which removes an exemption for large…

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