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Spin Control

WA Lege Day 4: A plethora of press conferences

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature as a whole is moving at a standard "let's get back up to speed" pace of the first week of session, but individual members are itching for attention to key issues.

That's the only conclusion one can draw from the fact that various legislators and associated interest groups have four press conferences on the Capitol campus over the noon hour.

There's one on health care reform. One on another proposal for a statewide ban on plastic bags. Another on education reforms. All at noon.

There's a fourth for small businesses and legislators who support a tax increase to help shore up the state's budget at 12:30 p.m.

Senate Democratic leaders also have a press conference at 1:30 p.m. to talk about their goals for the session.

Spin Control would question the wisdom of scheduling so many "pressers" so close together, but we're saving our questions for the press conferences. OSHA only allows us to ask so many questions in a given day without filling out a bunch of forms to prove we haven't over-worked our brains.

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