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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013


TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2013

5 tax advisory votes this fall

OLYMPIA — Washington voters will be asked in November what they think about five tax increases. What legislators do with that knowledge is pretty much up to them, because the taxes are already law, and the election itself won’t change that. . . To read…

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MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013

No. 3 for McMorris Rodgers will be a first

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her husband Brian Rodgers are expecting their third baby in December. A reader called to ask if that will make the Eastern Washington Republican the first member of Congress to have a third child while in office. We suspected…

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SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2013

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

Washington: We're No. cell phone taxes 

From this morning's paper: The next time you change the ring tone on your cellphone, consider choosing the sound of a cash register ringing. Or maybe The Beatles’ song “Taxman.” Washington cellphone users have the dubious distinction of paying the second-highest taxes in the country.…

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Legal marijuana hearing at convention center

A hearing on proposed state rules for growing, processing and selling legal marijuana will be held Aug. 8 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Washington State Liquor Control Board scheduled four hearings from Aug. 6 through Aug. 8 around the state to get reaction to…

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Tom Foley is a former Eastern Washington Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives. This is a 1989 photo of Foley reading in his office in Washington, DC.  The photo was taken shortly before Foley was sworn in as Spearker of the House. (Photo Archive / The Spokesman-Review)

Foley tribute planned for July 24 at Bing

Tom Foley, in 1989, just before being elected speaker of the House. File photo. Spokane’s longest-serving congressman, Tom Foley, will be the subject of a “living tribute” organized by a pair of local businessmen later this month. . . To read the rest of this…

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SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2013

Registration deadline approaching 

Washington residents who want to vote in the Aug. 6 primary but aren't registered have until Monday to sign up online or by mail. Want to register? Click here. That's the first big deadline for voter registration for the primary. If you miss that, you…

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FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2013

Marijuana hearing in Spokane

The Washington State Liquor Control Board will hold a hearing next month in Spokane on its new proposed regulations governing the production, processing and sale of recreational marijuana. The hearing, the last of four the board will hold on regulations that got a tentative approval…

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Try our Independence Day quiz 

So you think you’re a good patriot. You wear a flag pin on your pajamas, know that the last two words to "The Star Spangled Banner" are not "Play ball," and bleed red, white and blue. On July 4th, we all feel that way. But…

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This is the logo that will be on legal marijuana in Washington State. (Washington State Liquor Control Board)

Outdoor grows in, marijuana logo out

Proposed logo scrapped, another one being developed OLYMPIA -- Washington will allow legal marijuana to be grown outside if it has adequate security, under new rules receiving preliminary approval today by a state board. It might have an unlimited number of marijuana growers and processors,…

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Medicaid expansion: Info campaign coming

OLYMPIA – Washington’s new state budget signed into law this week relies on the expansion of Medicaid, both to provide health insurance to hundreds of thousands of people and to help balance its bottom line. But state residents will have to wait until October to…

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Well, it's 'Medi-' something

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee's recent press conferences have been a mix of the good and the bad from the late legislative session. Yay for the billion added to public schools, the tuition freeze for colleges, expanded health care, the social service programs included in…

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MONDAY, JULY 1, 2013


WA Lege: That's all, folks

OLYMPIA – After 153 days, the Washington Legislature decided Saturday it had had enough, even though Gov. Jay Inslee wanted it to do more. In quick succession, the House and Senate passed a $3.6 billion spending plan for large capital construction projects with large majorities…

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Capital budget passes. Lege to adjourn

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature passed a $3.6 billion capital projects budget this evening as its last action of its protracted session. In quick succession, the House and Senate both passed the list of projects and gave the state the authority to sell bonds to build…

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, holds Henry Schlicher on the floor of the Senate while his father, Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, handles a motion during debate Saturday. (Jim Camden)

Quite moment on Senate floor

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, holds Henry Schlicher while his father, Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, handles a motion on the Senate floor. The extended special session prompted Schlicher to bring his son to the Legislature Saturday.

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Transpo package dead

OLYMPIA -- That sound you heard was the last gasp death rattle of a $10 billion plan to raise gasoline taxes to pay for new road projects, fix existing roads and bridges and boost mass transit. Despite a plea from Gov. Jay INslee earlier in…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

Legislature passes budget

OLYMPIA — With strong bipartisan majorities in both houses, the Legislature passed a $33.6 billion operating budget, staving off a threatened shutdown of some state government services. After nearly six months which included a 105-day regular session, a first special session of 30 days and…

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