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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013


FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2013

Today's fun video: What's up with Doc?

Loyal reader and former colleague Dan Hansen pointed out a glitch in a recent Saturday Night Live skit that probably wouldn't cause the New York staff to blink but should have struck folks in the Inland Northwest as bizarre. The skit makes fun of House…

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1 marriage in 5 involved same-sex couple

About one Washington state wedding in five between early December and the end of March involved a same-sex couple, state figures show. The state Department of Health said nearly 2,500 same-sex couples were married in Washington between Dec. 6, when a voter approved law took…

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Today's fun video: McDermott v. Kelly

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott received the wrath of conservatives and FOX News for his questioning of groups who were questioned about their activities by the IRS when applying for a tax exemption. Yesterday he squared off with Fox's Megyn Kelly over his testimony, and whether…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee deploys a fire shelter during a test people must take to be allowed to go to a Department of Natural Resources fire line during a wildfire. (Jim Camden)

Preparing for fire season

Inslee deploys a fire shelter. OLYMPIA -- Jay Inslee completed one of the annual spring rituals for a Washington governor this morning: passing the test for minimum wildfire training in the advance of the state's fire season. To do this, one must walk a mile…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee criticizes a Senate plan to change the estate tax during the special session. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: Senate prefers rich over school kids 

Inslee criticizes Senate plan to change estate tax. OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee, clearly frustrated over a lack of progress in budget negotiations and a plan to fix a problem with the estate tax, accused the Senate today of hurting school children to help multi-millionaires.…

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Spec Sess Day 23: Gone in 34 seconds

OLYMPIA -- The Senate got through its pro forma session this morning in 34 seconds. That was about 5 seconds short of the record, but still in the neighborhood of "don't blink or you'll miss it." Gov. Jay Inslee has a noon press conference to…

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MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013

Murray: We're headed for a fiscal cliff 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate's top Democrat accused the coalition that controls the chamber of driving the state toward a government shutdown by stalling on budget negotiations. Sen. Ed Murray of Seattle said the Legislature is moving backwards in trying to reach an agreement on the…

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Skagit bridge rename proposed 

OLYMPIA -- Legislators from a northern Puget Sound district want to rename the Skagit River bridge for the state trooper who was killed there last week. The delegation from the 40th District said this morning the state should rename the bridge in honor of Trooper…

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FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2013

Spec Sess Day 19: Budget writers in the open 

OLYMPIA -- A rare public work day for the Senate's budget writers, who reportedly have been meeting privately -- albeit unsuccessfully to this point -- on a compromise for the state's 2013-15 operating budget. The Senate Ways and Means Committee has a hearing this morning…

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THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2013

Baumgartner bill: Check routes of oversized loads 

OLYMPIA -- The state Department of Transportation shouldn't let trucks with oversized loads on routes where the bridges are too small, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner said Thursday. The Spokane Republican introduced a bill that would require the DOT to better label the height of state…

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Spec Sess Day 18: House back. Maybe voting?

OLYMPIA -- The House of Representatives returns to the floor this morning, with members expecting to vote on a bill involving the state's estate tax. After a work schedule that might charitably be described as light, that may seem a heavy lift, considering the bill…

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Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream to back I-522

One of the founders of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream said today his Vermont-based company will back a Washington initiative to require all foods to be labeled if they contain genetically modified ingredients. Jerry Greenfield said Wednesday the company would give away "tons" of ice…

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Panel passes estate tax change

OLYMPIA -- A bill that would fix what some believe is a loophole in the estate tax created by a state Supreme Court ruling passed a House committee Wednesday. Supporters said it would provide fairness to the state tax system by requiring the wealthiest residents…

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Inslee to Legislature: Pick up the pace

OLYMPIA -- Time is running out for the work the Legislature needs to do in the special session, Gov. Jay Inslee said today. Inslee called a committee vote earlier in the morning on legislation go fix a problem with the state's estate tax "good progress",…

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Sen. Mike Carrell dead

OLYMPIA -- The State Senate held a moment of silence today for Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, who died earlier this morning. Carrell, 69, a 19-year veteran of the Legislature, was a champion of legislation to help at-risk youth, fight sex trafficking, help members of the…

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Spec Sess Day 17: Signs of life?

OLYMPIA -- The House Finance Committee holds one of its first hearings of the special session this morning on a proposal to revamp the estate and transfer tax on some property sales. You remember the special session. The one that started 17 days ago and…

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TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

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