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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2013


State could legalize hemp along with pot 

OLYMPIA -- The cannabis plant could provide Washington state with two new agricultural crops: One for smoking, and one making rope and fabric. Different strains of the plant would be used for the different products, and different state agencies would control the different crops. But…

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Vapor cigs would be banned for minors

OLYMPIA -- "Vapor" cigarettes, which deliver nicotine without the need to light up tobacco, would be illegal for minors in Washington under a bill that got unanimous support from a House panel this morning. The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee voted 8-0 to put…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2013

Some gas tax money for N. Spokane Corridor 

OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 2 cents per year for five years and impose or hike other taxes would provide some $420 million for further work on the North Spokane Corridor. The long-running road construction project – sometimes called…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013


Gas tax proposal coming

OLYMPIA -- A major transportation plan will be unveiled Wednesday that features 2-cent per year increases in the state's gasoline tax. The proposal, from House Transportation Committee Chairman Judy Clibborn, will divide the money between new projects and maintenance and eventually raise the state's gas…

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MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013

Tax hike for medical marijuana blasted 

OLYMPIA – Washington will soon have two very different systems for legal marijuana, but a plan to tax medical patients similar to recreational pot users is unfair and unworkable, a legislative committee was told Monday. The proposal to place higher taxes on medical marijuana did…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 17, 2013

Maiden speech for Billig 

Freshman Sen. Andy Billig made his first official floor speech last week, which is traditionally a time for new senators to give gifts and older senators to give grief. It was during a resolution marking service of women in the Legislature, appropriate since Billig’s 3rd…

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Sunday Spin2: Speaking of names

There was a time when the U.S. Navy received its ransom for naming rights. It didn’t hit up corporations but cities that were seeking the prestige of having their names on the latest frigate or cruiser. When the U.S.S. Spokane was christened, it received gifts…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2013


Baumgartner town halls today

State Sen. Mike Baumgartner returns to Spokane today for a pair of town hall meetings. He has a 10 a.m. session at the Cheney Middle School, 740 W. Betz Road. and a 2 p.m. session at the Museum of Arts and Culture in Browne's Addition,…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2013

Cops, chiefs clash over firings bill 

OLYMPIA – The fight over who decides what can get a police officer fired prompted a legislative hearing that pit beat cops against their chiefs and prompted Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich to say a state senator was attacking his character. “It was very insulting,”…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2013


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Wednesday's tally of Spokane Prop 2 vote totals (Jim Camden)

Mapping the Vote: Latest on Prop 2

Proposition 2, the requirement for a supermajority approval by the City Council of any tax increase, gained slightly in Wednesday's count. Here's the latest map of precinct results. For a closer look, click on the document below. To compare with the election night tally, click…

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OLYMPIA-- Gov. Jay Inslee explains his Working Washington Agenda plan to increase jobs at a press conference. (Jim Camden)

Inslee releases jobs package

Gov. Jay Inslee explains his Working Washington Agenda Wednesday. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed to train workers and cut unemployment.…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2013




Elections worker Mike McLaughlin removes ballots from the drop box outside the South Hill Library on Monday. For a list of drop boxes in Spokane County and resources for other counties, see Page A12. (The Spokesman-Review)

Turnout, ballot drop info for today's election

Today is the last day to vote in the February special elections in Spokane, Rockford, Spokane County Fire District 13 and East Valley and Orchard Prairie school districts. Spokane voters are considering three propositions that would give the police ombudsman more authority; require a City…

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Spokane legalizes pot possession 

Following the lead of state voters, the Spokane City Council on Monday legalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 and up. Councilman Jon Snyder, who has led the effort on the City Council to consider the impacts to the…

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Barkeep: A round of booze hearings 

OLYMPIA – Getting a drink of alcohol in a movie theater, a farmer’s market, even a senior center or a massage, would be easier under a series of proposals considered Monday by a Senate panel. Getting a taste of that $90 a bottle whiskey or…

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