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Spin Control archive for Feb. 1, 2012


Senate passes gay marriage bill 28-21

OLYMPIA – With votes to spare, the state Senate passed a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington, sending it to the House of Representatives where it also has enough votes to pass. A full gallery erupted after senators passionately but respectfully debated…

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Senate debates gay marriage: A slow start

OLYMPIA -- The Senate convened to consider the same-sex marriage bill right at 6 p.m., then promptly went into caucus to discuss amendments. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, who presides over the Senate, welcomed the people in the full gallery...and asked them to conform to accepted…

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New district lines approved

OLYMPIA -- The Senate gave the final OK today to the new boundaries for Washington's legislative and congressional district lines. The boundaries, drawn up by the state Redistricting Commission and approved by that panel on Jan. 1, rearrange state legislative districts and add a 10th…

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Same-sex marriage debate tonight in Senate

OLYMPIA -- Debate over the same-sex marriage bill is scheduled for 6 p.m. this evening in the Senate. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, the bill's prime sponsor, estimates a couple hours for debate, although it could go longer. Will probably depend on the number of amendments,…

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