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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 26, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 19, 2013

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18, 2013

Liquor Board would limit medical marijuana 

Washington should severely cut the amount of marijuana that medical patients can possess, require them to register with the state, have annual medical checkups, and pay most of the same taxes as recreational users, a state agency recommended today. In a move sure to draw…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 17, 2013

Inslee proposes 'hold steady' budget

Gov. Jay Inslee proposed what he called a "hold stead budget in a get ready year." It has some mandatory increases in spending for mental health services for children, higher rates for family home child care providers and covering the costs of last season's wildfires.…

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Council delays police votes

The Spokane City Council voted late Monday to delay a police ombudsman ordinance and a labor contract with the Police Guild in a pair of voice votes. The city clerk this morning confirmed that the vote to defer the ombudsman ordinance passed 5-2 with council…

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Inslee unveils supplemental budget today

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee will introduce his proposal for changes in the 2013-15 biennial budget this morning at 11 a.m. Inslee doesn't have much to work with. Forecasts for the remainder of the biennium project only slight changes in revenue, with continued slow economic…

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MONDAY, DEC. 16, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 10, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

Results don't change in futile Ahern recount 

A recount that couldn’t change the winner also didn’t change the vote totals. Last week, Spokane City Council candidate John Ahern paid to have a partial recount in his race against incumbent Jon Snyder. Ahern, a former state representative, lost the race by 5,669 votes…

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SUNDAY, DEC. 8, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 5, 2013

Special Session cost: $28,626, so far

OLYMPIA – The tab for last month’s three-day special session to approve tax breaks for Boeing stands at $28,626 and counting, the most recent reports filed by legislators show. Requests for the $90 per diem that legislators can claim have been processed, with some filling…

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Pot store applications growing

Washington has received 230 license applications for recreational marijuana stores. As the map shows, many are concentrated between Everett and Tacoma -- no surprise because that's where the state's population is concentrated. But the proposals for stores are also starting to dot the rest of…

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Marijuana growers seek licenses around state

Map courtesy of Gina Boysun, Online Director. The demand for licenses to grow legal marijuana in Washington is growing -- if you'll forgive the expression -- like a weed. In the first two weeks that it has been accepting license applications for marijuana businesses,…

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Pot License applications for Eastern WA

The second week of applications for marijuana business licenses are in, and Eastern Washington has its share of would be pot entrepreneurs. Pot-trepreneurs? This map shows the addresses on applications for retail stores,represented by the red push pins, small and medium size growing operations of…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Ahern: Race against Snyder not over yet 

Former state Rep. John Ahern, who lost his race against incumbent Councilman Jon Snyder by a nearly 2-to-1 margin is questioning how he could have performed so poorly. Ahern is requesting a partial recount in the race just to "double-check" the accuracy of the ballot…

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MONDAY, DEC. 2, 2013

GSI Legislative Forum Wednesday

Greater Spokane Inc. will hold its annual legislative forum and reception Wednesday afternoon at the Davenport Hotel, where a quartet of legislators is expected to talk about two sessions: the upcoming 2014 regular session and a possible special session for transportation that may or may…

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GOP candidates on display tonight 

Spokane County Republican precinct officers in the 4th Legislative District have to pick a replacement for Rep. Larry Crouse, who is retiring this month with a year left on his term. There are five would-be legislators eager for the job, but only three can be…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 30, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013

Today's fun video: Snyder says "Thanks"

City Councilman Jon Snyder borrowed a bit -- OK, he kind of outright stole -- from "Vision Quest" to say thanks to supporters for his re-election. But he acknowledged it on the video. "Snyder Quest" features the councilman and his bike, has good shots of…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 2013

86 pot licenses sought for Spokane 

.OLYMPIA – A tally of the first week of applications by would-be marijuana businesses shows a certain amount of creativity in coming up with names for what in most of the country is an illegal business. Cheech and Chong might be proud of some who…

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Election results to be certified today

Counties around Washington will certify their election results today, clearing up any lingering questions about who or what won some close contests. Most races in Spokane County, which certifies its results at 1 p.m., have long been decided, but there are a couple of close…

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