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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

Yo, would-be candidates: Filing starts Monday 

People thinking about running for local council or district offices who haven't yet made up their minds need to make a decision pretty quick. Filing week starts Monday morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and towns throughout Washington, as well…

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Inslee: Progress made on the budget

OLYMPIA --Negotiators are making progress on a budget compromise that would cover the state's operating costs for the next two years, Gov. Jay Inslee said this morning. But not enough that Inslee could say for certainty whether the Legislature will be working full-time starting Monday,…

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Sales tax collections up 

OLYMPIA – Taxes collected from all retail sales grew by 5 percent in Washington last year, the biggest jump from one year to the next since the recession began in 2008. Figures released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue showed that taxes from retail…

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State officials restricted from lobbying

OLYMPIA – State officials who ask the Legislature for more money or expanded programs could be fined, and pay the penalty out of their own pocket, if they don’t properly file lobbying reports with the Public Disclosure Commission. A bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Shea,…

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Verner lands new job 

Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has landed a new job at the Department of Natural Resources. She will start next month as the deputy supervisor of resource protection and administration, said department spokesman Matthew Randazzo. That is the lead position over the resource protection division,…

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

Waldref cruises to Bloomsday win 

Congratulations to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, this year's top Bloomsday finisher among elected leaders (at least among those whose time we checked). She easily beat out the rest of her City Council cohorts, though in defense of the others, she is the youngest elected official we…

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MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013

Cost of a special session? It depends

OLYMPIA – Before a special session was called Sunday for the Legislature to finish such important tasks as setting the state’s two-year operating budget, legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee seemed to agree on one thing: it would cost taxpayers $11,000 a day. If history…

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Two forms of ID, please 

WASHINGTON — A change in Pentagon security procedures almost derailed Spokane's most recent formal pitch for new refueling tankers to land at Fairchild Air Force Base. A group of city business and political leaders were in Washington, D.C. last week to meet with lawmakers and…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013

Lege adjourns, but they'll be back

OLYMPIA – For the fourth time in as many years, the Legislature will go into overtime to figure out how to spend the money it collects, and how much it should collect. Gov. Jay Inslee said he wants budget negotiators to stay in Olympia to…

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Senate OKs change to I-502 

With remarkable speed, the Legislature approved a technical change in the state’s new legalized marijuana law that takes the plant’s chemistry into account. The biggest obstacle may have been the reading of the bill title in the Senate, where official reader Ken Edmonds stumbled over…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013

House passes quick fix to pot law 

OLYMPIA -- Working with uncharacteristic speed, both chambers cleared the way for a special vote to change in the state's marijuana, and the House gave the bill near-unanimous approval. The problem with the state's legal definition of marijuana was discovered in the last week, as…

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House votes to take up pot definitions

OLYMPIA -- Time is running out in the session, but the House voted overwhelmingly today to consider a new bill to fix a problem with the state's new marijuana law. As explained in a previous post, the definition from Initiativee 502 of what makes a…

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WA Lege Day 103. . . and counting

OLYMPIA -- With a special session all but a foregone conclusion, some legislators might be wishing they were anywhere but here. Partially granting that wish, it is Hawaiian music day in the Capitol, with guitars and ukeleles strumming, hula dancers in the Rotunda, and leis…

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Wolf control rules expected Friday

OLYMPIA – New rules for dealing with wolf attacks on livestock and domestic animals, which seemed stalled in the Legislature, may be announced as early as today a result of action by key legislators and a state commission. Today, the House gave final approval to…

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Some pot prosecutions in doubt 

OLYMPIA -- Prosecutions in some marijuana cases are grinding to a halt in Washington, a result of a glitch in a new law, a lack of equipment at the state crime lab and the basic chemistry of the oft-discussed weed. The Washington State Patrol Crime…

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House passes tax bill

OLYMPIA -- Democrats in the House pushed through a $900 million package of tax changes they say is designed to improve public schools, but Republicans insisted were job-killers. On a 50-47 vote, it passed and sent to the Senate a bill that repeals or narrows…

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House takes up tax bill

OLYMPIA -- The House is debating a package of tax changes that would raise about $900 million over the next two years by closing or reducing some tax exemptions, credits and preferences. There are only a few amendments. The first, by Democrats, to give non-residents…

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GOP: We could still finish on time. Maybe.

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature might still finish on time Sunday, even though the House and Senate have two very different budget proposals and disagreements on some key policy issues, Republican leaders of the Legislature and the Democrat who heads up the Senate's majority coalition said…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee tells reporters a special session will likely be needed to finish the Legislature's work. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: Odds favor special session

Gov. Inslee explains why he thinks Legislature will need more time. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee all but conceded the Legislature will need a special session to finish work on budgets and key issues like education. "I think we'd have to draw to an inside…

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