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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013

More than 800 pot biz applications in 1st week 

~~OLYMPIA – More than 800 potential new businesses have signed up to grow, process or sell legal marijuana in the first week Washington accepted applications for its new industry. Rick Garza, director of the state Liquor Control Board which will award the licenses, told a…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

Transpo package gets hearing today

OLYMPIA – Senate negotiators will begin the push today for a package of new road projects and improved maintenance that could complete the long-discussed North Spokane Corridor and raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over three years. The package of 10 related bills, with a…

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AP: Locke to leave ambassador post

The Associated Press is reporting former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is stepping down next year as ambassador to China. Here's their report: BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, who oversaw the handling of potential crises over the flights to U.S. diplomatic missions…

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Washington lost 9,500 jobs in last 2 months 

OLYMPIA -- Washington lost 8,100 jobs last month and 1,400 in September when employment statistics are adjusted for seasonal variations. The changes left the state's unemployment rate almost unchanged. It was 7 percent in August, 6.9 percent in September and 7 percent in October. The…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013


MONDAY, NOV. 18, 2013

Pot businesses: 299 applications in first six hours 

OLYMPIA -- Would-be marijuana entrepreneurs began Monday filing applications for state licenses to grow, process or sell recreational marijuana. In the six hours after the state Department of Revenue's web site began taking applications, 299 had been filed online and the non-refundable fee of $250…

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Inslee staying in China extra day

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee will return from his belated trade trip China on Tuesday, rather than today. Inslee's office said this morning the governor was extending his stay in China an extra day to make a trip to Beijing for meetings that were postponed…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 16, 2013


Pot biz applications open Monday

Sam Calvert has a dream of getting in on the ground floor of a historic change in retail commerce that begins Monday. But it’s a struggle, he acknowledged. “This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” said Calvert, 50, who has managed commercial real estate…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013


WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

Senate per diems for Special Session = $8,460

OLYMPIA -- The three-day special session cost the state $8,460 in per diem expenses for members of the state Senate. That's the tally released today from the Secretary of the Senate's office, from per diem requests filed by senators from last week's Thursday-through-Saturday session. Legislators…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

SPD detective files for run against Knezovich

Last week’s off-year election isn’t even certified yet, and now 2014 already is heating up. Spokane police Detective Doug Orr is gearing up for a run against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Orr, who also serves as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Gonzaga University, has filed…

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Legislators at NE Community Center Wednesday

Legislators from Spokane's 3rd District will hold a "mobile office" session Wednesday afternoon at the Northeast Community Center. Sen. Andy Billig, along with Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli, will be at the center, 4001 N. Cook St., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to talk…

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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

Fractured metaphor

OLYMPIA -- There's an axiom in politics that anything worth saying is worth repeating, sometimes ad infinitum. Based on the late great special session, it would seem that even things not worth saying are worth repeating. That would be the only explanation for something Sen.…

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Inslee signing Boeing legislation today

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee travels to the Museum of Flight this morning to sign legislation passed over the weekend in the hurry-up special session. Probably an appropriate backdrop, considering the session was all about luring a new Boeing assembly line and wing manufacturing plant…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 10, 2013

Sunday Spin2: New definition of victory?

In elections, victory is usually well-defined. You got the most votes. Period. So it was a bit odd Thursday to get a post-election email from initiative guru Tim Eyman describing the results of the election as “7 measures, 7 votes, 7 victories". . . To…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 9, 2013

Boeing tax breaks, training bills pass

OLYMPIA — The Legislature gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to convince Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington, rejecting calls Saturday to spread the benefits of tax breaks and streamlined permit approvals to all businesses in the state. Then it quit, without any…

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Senate passes Boeing bills 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to convince Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington but rejected calls to spread the tax benefits and streamlined permit approvals to all businesses in the state. On a 42 to 2 vote, the…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013

U.S. Capitol tree stops by state Capitol

OLYMPIA -- The Englemann spruce that was cut last week near Usk to serve as the national Christmas tree at the U.S. Capitol made a stop by the state Capitol in Olympia Friday afternoon. Obviously, someone forgot to look at the map. Only something connected…

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