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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013


OFM:Senate budget might not pencil out 

OLYMPIA -- The state budget office is questioning some parts of the 2013-15 operating budget proposal released earlier this week by the leaders of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The budget uses some assumptions that may not be legal, and others that don't have…

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Both Transpo Budgets hold line on taxes, projects

OLYMPIA – Legislators began hearings Thursday on competing but similar multi-billion-dollar spending plans for the state’s highways, bridges, ferries and mass transit. Prepared separately by the House and Senate, the two $8.4 billion transportation budget proposals have many things in common. Described variously as “bare…

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Karen Mobley is the director of the Spokane Arts Department.

Mobley won't lead revamped arts agency

The woman who led the city’s arts department for 15 years before it was dismantled last year won’t be the permanent leader of the new agency promoting the arts in Spokane. Karen Mobley said Thursday that she decided to step down as the interim director…

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Setting rules to ban smoking pot in bars 

OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the process to set a new rule ban the use of marijuana in bars. One might say that Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana use by adults, was pretty clear about that by saying it's illegal to…

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OLYMPIA -- Spokane Lilac Queen Brett Rountree addresses the state Senate after it approved a resolution marking the 75th anniversary of the festival. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege: Yay for the Lilac Festival

Lilac Queen Brett Rountree addresses the state Senate. OLYMPIA -- The Senate and House took a not too controversial stance this morning, passing resolutions in support of the Spokane Lilac Festival and it's 75-year anniversary. With Lilac Queen Brett Rountree of Central Valley High School…

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I-1183 changes proposed

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature is considering changes to the initiative that got the state out of the liquor business, changing some of the fees charged distributors and retailers. Liquor distributors told the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee Tuesday they wouldn't fight a plan to…

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McMorris Rodgers invitee denied visa 

WASHINGTON — An Indian leader invited to the United States by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and other lawmakers has previously been denied entry. A U.S. Congressional delegation including McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, invited Indian government executive Narenda Modi to talk about economic development last week,…

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Kreidler heart surgery successful

OLYMPIA -- Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is recovering from a heart bypass and valve replacement surgery. A statement from his office said the surgery at an Olympia hospital was planned after doctors had monitored his heart for several months. Kreidler, 69, was elected to a…

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McLaughlin considering move to Spokane Valley 

Spokane’s most senior elected official is considering a move to the east. City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin said last week that she may move into Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District to run for the House seat held by state Rep. Larry Crouse – if he decides…

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WA Lege Day 79: Clock ticking for policy bills

OLYMPIA -- Many committees will be scrambling to get certain bills passed before Wednesday's deadline, but one House panel will be taking up a new proposal on liquor revenue. The Government Accountability and Oversight Committee has a proposal to change the fee structure for liquor…

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Becker: No vote on abortion coverage bill

OLYMPIA -- Supporters of the controversial Reproductive Parity Act say they have enough votes to pass it in the Senate, but they may not get the chance. The chairwoman of the committee that held a two-hour hearing on the bill said Monady afternoon she will…

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Abortion coverage bill faces deadline 

OLYMPIA -- As abortion-rights groups and their legislative allies try to force a vote on a bill that would expand requirements for insurance companies to cover the procedure, a Washington congresswoman is warning President Obama the proposal violates federal laws. The Senate Health Care Committee…

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WA Lege Day 78: Abortion coverage hearing today 

OLYMPIA -- The Reproductive Parity Act, which would require any insurance plan that overs maternity benefits to also cover abortion, gets a hearing this morning in the Senate Health Care Committee. The bill is controversial, as has been its scheduling. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom,…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Leeman Able, a member of the Shoshone Paiute tribe, stands at the Washington State Vietnam Memorial Friday during a ceremony marking "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day", which is Saturday under a law recently passed and signed by the governor. (Jim Camden)

Honoring Vietnam vets 

Leeman Able, a member of the Shoshone Paiute tribe, stands at the Washington Vietnam Memorial Friday during a ceremony to welcome home Vietnam veterans. OLYMPIA -- Saturday is officially "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" under a bill passed by the Legislature and signed Friday by…

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State gets B- on budget transparency

OLYMPIA – Washington gets a good grade for showing its residents how the state spends their money, but probably deserves lower marks for letting them see how those spending decisions are made, government watchdog groups said Wednesday on the eve of the next big milestone…

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High-skilled jobs go begging

OLYMPIA – Although the state’s unemployment numbers may be slowly declining, the number of open jobs for skilled workers is rising and could double in the next five years, a business group said Wednesday. A new study by an international consulting firm estimates the state’s…

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WA Lege Day 73: Budget transparency

OLYMPIA -- Legislative committees have a fairly full day of hearings today, on topics large and small, ranging from legislation on spaying pets to a work session on the Washington State University global campus. The Legislature will also get a grade on transparency in how…

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