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Spin Control archive for Jan. 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2012

SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2012

Spokane politics will miss Jan Polek

Writing about caucuses brings to mind one of the best fans of caucuses in Spokane, Jan Polek, who passed away earlier this month. Whenever I would rail about caucuses being a pain for a reporter to cover – which happened about every two years –…

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Could we boycott the Iowa caucuses? 

If no one else has yet proposed this, might I suggest the news media stop paying attention to the results of the Iowa precinct caucuses…or any precinct caucuses, for that matter. That includes Washington. No offense, all you good party loyalists who are preparing for…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

9th Circuit: WA primary system OK

OLYMPIA -- Washington state's current primary system which has candidates stating their party preference rather than a party affiliation and sends the top two vote-getters to the general election is constitutional, a federal appeals court said today. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims…

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Spokane to Lege: Finish the med school project

OLYMPIA -- Rain, snow and sleet is keeping postal carriers from completing some rounds in and around the capital, but it isn't deterring a delegation from Spokane from lobbying for key projects and issues with legislators. A delegation of about 60 Spokane-area business and government…

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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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