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Spin Control archive for Jan. 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Plastic bag ban gets a hearing

OLYMPIA – Banning plastic shopping bags throughout the state would keep them from showing up along roadsides, in landfills and in the bellies of whales in the Puget Sound, the sponsor of a proposed ban said Wednesday. But it would also force people out of…

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OLYMPIA -- Dr. Arun Raha, state chief economist, reads from his list of Top 10 Arun-isms at a press conference announcing he is resigning to take a job in Cleveland. (Jim Camden)

WA chief economist Raha to quit

Arun Raha reads from a list of his Top 10 "Arun-isms". OLYMPIA -- Dr. Arun Raha, the state's chief economist who delivered some the worst financial news in more than a half-century but managed a quip or a laugh to help ease the pain, is…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Republican leaders respond to Gov. Chris Gregoire's State of the State address. From left: 
Rep. Charles Ross, Naches; Rep. Gary Alexander, Olympia; Rep. Richard DeBolt, Chehalis; Sen. Mike Hewitt, Walla Walla; Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, Wenatchee; Sen. Joe Zarelli, Ridgefield.
 (Jim Camden)

State of State: GOP skeptical on oil fee

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire's proposal to place a $1.50 per barrel fee on oil produced in Washington state got a cold reception from Republican leaders. Speaking at a press conference after the State of the State address and Republican response, House Minority Leader Richard…

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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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