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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013



OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Padden listens to debate over a bill that would change pay for presidential electors. (Jim Camden)

Elector pay would go up

Sen. Mike Padden listens to debate on bill to raise pay to presidential electors. OLYMPIA -- Electors who cast their vote for the state's choice for president would get more money in 2016 -- quite a bit more -- under a bill that passed the…

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Senators weigh in on FAA tower closure plans

WASHINGTON — Powerful Congressional voices on transportation issues, including Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, admonished the Federal Aviation Administration for plans to shutter control towers nationwide as a result of federal spending cuts, including Spokane’s tower at Felts Field. Cantwell joined six of her colleagues…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013


GOP to put AR-15 up for bid 

State Republicans will have a chance to bid on a rifle at the center of the current gun-control vs. gun rights debate, an AR-15, at their spring fund-raiser this weekend. But State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said auctioning off the semi-automatic rifle is not a…

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Padden, left, talks with Sen. Andy Billig Thursday on the floor of the Senate during debate on the National Cowboy Day resolution. (Jim Camden)

Senate: Ye-Haaaa for National Cowboy Day

Sen. Mike Padden, left, talks with Sen. Andy Billig on the Senate floor during the discussion of the National Cowboy Day resolution Thursday. OLYMPIA -- Ignoring the advice of almost every political consultant worth a darn that an elected official should not wear silly headgear,…

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Hitching a ride across the Pacific

OLYMPIA -- By now, most people have heard or read about the striped fish that came across the Pacific in a boat after the tsunami in Japan. But the boat that washed ashore near Long Beach was actually full of critters that made the trip.…

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Budget action likely today

OLYMPIA -- The House Appropriations Committee is likely to vote this afternoon on whether to advance the budget plan Democrats released yesterday, setting up debate on the floor on Friday. After a marathon hearing Wednesday, a few hours after the $34.5 billion spending plan was…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2013



Spokane County loss on land deal finalized

Spokane County’s loss of more than $1 million in a land deal with the Spokane International Airport was completed Monday by the Spokane City Council. In 2008, the county paid $3.2 million for nearly 400 acres between the airport and Fairchild Air Force Base to…

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House budgets come out today

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats will release their proposals for two-year operating and capital projects budgets at noon today. As dismissive as leading House Democrats have been about the Senate budget which passed last Friday, we can expect that it will have some new revenue, probably…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013

Asbestos labelling passes House

OLYMPIA -- Products that contain asbestos would have to be labelled in Washington state stores under a bill that passed the House Tuesday. Approving a bill that already passed the Senate, the House voted 65-28 to support a bill first introduced by Sen. Andy Billig,…

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Senate Capital Budget released

OLYMPIA -- The Senate's plan to spend some $3.6 billion on projects large and small, known as the Capital Budget, was released today with nearly $67 million for projects in Spokane County. Among the largest Spokane-area projects are $8.5 million for the Extended Learning Center…

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6th District call-in tonight 

Sen. Mike Baumgartner and Rep. Jeff Holy, two Republicans who represent Spokane's 6th Legislative District, are holding a town hall meeting by phone this evening. The session will feature a live poll of those on the line and a chance to ask questions of the…

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Child sex-abuse prosecutions extended 

OLYMPIA -- Victims of child sexual abuse could report their assaults up to the age of 30 under a bill approved today by the Senate. The bill extends the statute of limitations for charging suspects in child sexual abuse cases, which currently require a victim…

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Did the City Council violate City Charter? 

Last night’s City Council meeting boiled down a debate on the definition of shall. The Spokane City Council’s creation of 13 new public safety departments appears to violate the City Charter. But city attorneys insisted that “shall” does not always mean shall, at least not…

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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2013


House panel keeps toll power with commission

OLYMPIA -- The ability to set tolls on bridges, ferries and some special highway lanes would stay with the appointed Transportation Commission rather than the Legislature under an amendment rejected Monday afternoon. The House Transportation Committee rejected an amendment to the 2013-15 budget that would…

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House budget coming Wednesday

OLYMPIA -- The House Appropriations Committee is expected to release its general operating budget sometime Wednesday, giving everyone a chance to see how far apart that chamber is with the Senate, which passed its "no-new taxes" budget on Friday. There may actually be two full…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013

Sunday Spin2: Detours on the budget debate

Friday’s four-hour budget debate in the Senate was mostly about programs that get cut or taxes that don’t get raised. But there were brief detours into other topics, including cigar lounges and Spokane Indians baseball. . . To read the rest of this item, or…

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2013

Sunday Spin: A sustainable budget is debatable

OLYMPIA – For the next three weeks, at a minimum, legislators will be throwing around the word “sustainable” more than a bunch of organic farmers hectoring an executive from Archer Daniels Midland. It is the go-to cudgel for anyone who doesn’t like a budget proposal,…

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