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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2013

SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Poll: 'Cut spending' beats 'Raise taxes' 

A new survey suggests Washington voters would rather the Legislature cut spending than raise taxes, the folks at Moore Information say. Wow. Bet you didn't see that coming. (Next week, Moore will poll people on whether they'd rather have rain or sunshine tomorrow.) As with…

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TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

Workers get 'password protection' 

OLYMPIA -- Employers can't ask their current workers or job applicants for access to their social media accounts under a law signed Tuesday. Sometimes called the "Facebook Bill", Senate Bill 5211 makes it illegal for an employer to request a worker or a job applicant…

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Wolf bill signed into law 

OLYMPIA -- Washington will set up a special fund to pay for losses of livestock to the state's growing wolf population under a bill signed Tuesday. The new law sets aside up to $50,000 each year from the money raised by selling personalized license plate…

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Inslee on Med School flap: We can work it out

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee downplayed any conflict between the state's two research universities over operations at the new joint medical school facility in Spokane, saying he wouldn't even call it a disagreement. "I'm confident that we can find a way that Huskies and Cougars…

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Suit filed to keep Hamilton off ballot 

Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton’s residency problems continue. Two voters in Spokane's northeast council district filed a lawsuit today claiming that Hamilton's name should not be allowed on the ballot because he was not a resident of the city or district for a full…

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MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, talk before Inslee signs Padden's bill to allow medical examiners to discuss the results of autopsies of people who die in custody or in actions with police. (Jim Camden)

Inslee signs autopsy bill 

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Mike Padden talk before the autopsy bill is signed. OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s medical examiners should feel free to talk about the results of investigations into deaths that involve actions by law enforcement officers. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill…

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Inslee vetoes part of transportation budget

OLYMPIA – A legislative compromise over a controversial bridge over the Columbia River was sliced out of the state’s $8.8 billion transportation budget Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee, who insisted it would endanger federal money and could lead to the bridge not being built. Just…

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OLYMPIA -- Ava Conner, age 6, joins a rally on the Capitol steps in support of new package of transportation projects and taxes. (Jim Camden)

Supporters of roads package rally 

Ava Conner, 6, accompanied her mother Jennifer to the Capitol for today's rally for a transportation package. OLYMPIA -- Shouts of "Pass it Now" filled the Capitol steps this morning as supporters of a new package of taxes and road projects tried to goad the…

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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2013

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

Most money for I-522 from outside WA 

OLYMPIA – Out-of-state money pouring into the campaign coffers of this fall’s initiative to require labeling of genetically modified food products make clear that Washington will once again be a battleground state for progressive causes. Supporters of Initiative 522, which would require any product sold…

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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Capitol reflected in Capitol Lake on May 15, 2013 (Jim Camden)

A calm day in Olympia

The Capitol Building above Capitol Lake on Wednesday morning. OLYMPIA -- Day 3 of the special session is quiet, inside the Capitol and out. The Senate Government Operations Committee had a "work session" in the morning on recall elections. The Senate had a four-minute pro-forma…

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013



MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013



OLYMPIA -- The floor of the House of Representatives a few minutes after the chamber opened for the first day of the special session and adjourned until Day 2.  (Jim Camden)

WA Spec Session: They're back. Sort of

OLYMPIA -- The special session of the Legislature began officially at 9 a.m. with a flurry of inactivity. The House passed a few resolutions and adjourned until Tuesday morning. The Senate went at ease until the afternoon, when Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said enough…

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

Felts tower to stay open

Remember how Congress moved almost like greased lightning to keep stop the slowdown in commercial flights that the sequester was going to cause? And remember how the jaded among you said that was just because they were getting to leave on recess, and didn't want…

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