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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, FEB. 1, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Susan Fagan reads from a copy of the state Constitution during a debate in the House of Representatives on Feb. 1, 2013 (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 19: Education funding rule

Rep. Susan Fagan reads from the state Constitution during a floor debate Friday. OLYMPIA -- House Republicans want to change rules to require the state's general fund budget be split up so education expenses are decided before other state programs. The "Fund Education First" proposal…

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WA Lege Day 19: House rules

OLYMPIA -- The House of Representatives has a bit of housekeeping to take care of this morning, specifically some rules for how they do business. Minority Republicans have proposed four rule changes, including one that would require a two-thirds majority vote on tax measures should…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Motorcyclists lobby the Senate Transportation Committee in support of a bill that would let them ride without helmets. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 18: Helmet law bashed, defended 

Not your usual attire for lobbyists at a bill hearing, motorcyclists lobby for a bill to let them ride helmet free. OLYMPIA – Motorcyclists made their annual plea to the Legislature to let them ride without helmets in Washington state, citing everything from accident statistics…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30, 2013

Talk by phone to your legislators

OLYMPIA -- Two groups of Spokane-area legislators will hold telephone conferences this week in an effort to let the folks back home ask questions or raise concerns about issues. Constituents can call in just to listen, or to ask a question that could get them…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 29, 2013

WA Lege Day 16: Possible changes to elections

OLYMPIA – Legislators have a wide array of changes they think would make the state’s elections run smoother. At hearings Tuesday, they suggested paying for the postage for voters to return their mail-in ballots, requiring most ballots be in the hands of county elections officials…

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WA Lege Day 16: Electoral College change pushed 

OLYMPIA — Changing the way the state casts its Electoral College votes for president would be fairer to Eastern Washington voters, a Spokane Valley legislator said Tuesday. It’s a way Republicans could win the White House through gerrymandered districts without a majority of the popular…

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WA Lege Day 16: Stamping out the vote? 

OLYMPIA -- College students want to vote, student lobbyists told legislators today, they really do.But some don't because they just don't have a stamp to put on their mail-in envelope. And at least one University of Washington student said he didn't even know where to…

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MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Could abortion bill split Senate coalition?

OLYMPIA -- A bill that would require parental notification when a woman under 18 seeks an abortion in Washington could divide the Senate's "majority coalition" intent on passing bills on jobs, budget and education. The notification bill, with strong support from Senate Republicans opposed to…

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Firearms Freedom law prospects dim

OLYMPIA -- A bill to exempt firearms made and sold in Washington from federal gun laws was introduced by 10 House Republicans today, but their leader said it's unlikely the bill will come to a vote, let alone become law. A bill titled the Firearms…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee shows off the changes to the governor's office, including a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: We can stop 'leakage' on legal pot

Inslee shows off the decorating changes in the governor's office, which include a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law, a Republican. OLYMPIA -- State officials are trying to convince the federal government they can keep legally grown pot from making its…

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WA Lege Day 11: Spokane folks making the rounds 

OLYMPIA -- More than 80 people from the Spokane area -- business leaders, public officials, health care professionals -- are getting face time with state officials today. It's part of the Greater Spokane Inc. annual "flyover", a lobbying blitz for local issues. In some recent…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Listen in on legalized marijuana forum

The Washington State Liquor Control Board held its first public forum last night in Olympia on efforts to get ready for legalized marijuana under the new voter-approved law. It got an earful, for more than 2 hours. Expect more of the same as they travel…

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