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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Today's fun fact: Union membership 

About one worker out of nine is represented by a union nationwide In Washington, that number is close to one worker out of five. In Idaho, it's closer to one worker out of 20. This from the latest figures on union membership from the U.S.…

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WA Lege Day 10: Judges in the House

OLYMPIA -- Senators and representatives will spend a bit of time with each other again this morning as the Legislature meets in joint session to hear a report on the state of the state's judiciary. That means relatively few hearings in the morning, but a…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013

MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013

WA Lege Day 8: Marches and rallies

OLYMPIA -- Activists will march on the Capitol today, asking for several things. The Community Action Network will be highlighting racial equality, or the lack of it, as they march from downtown Olympia to the Capitol steps. The state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2013

Sunday Spin: Rhetoric can only get better

OLYMPIA – The start of a new Legislature with a new administration is much given over to pomp and ceremony, so it wasn’t too surprising that most of the players aren’t yet bringing their A game when it comes to rhetoric. Still, there were troubling…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013

WA Lege Day 5: Fighting campus drinking

OLYMPIA – Washington State University uses many tools to combat binge drinking by students, from mandatory information programs to counseling to notifying parents, a school official told a legislative panel Friday. But the rate of binge drinking is still about the national average, roughly two…

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WA Lege Day 5: Kretz would share the wolves 

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Joel Kretz made good today on his promise to help Western Washington enjoy one of the "advantages" Eastern Washington has -- wolves. Kretz, R-Wauconda, introduced a bill that would allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to "translocate" wolves that are captured…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013

WA Lege Day 4: Getting down to work

OLYMPIA -- After three days of pomp and ceremony, the Legislature gets down to work in earnest today with a full schedule of committee hearings through the afternoon. Gov. Jay Inslee has a noon press conference. Some people are wandering around the Capitol in purple,…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee delivers  his Inaugural address to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 16, 2013  (Jim Camden)

Inauguration Day: The full speeches

Inslee delivers his speech to a joint session of the Legislature. If you can't get enough of Inauguration Day rhetoric, wonder what else was in the Gov. Jay Inslee's speech or the GOP response, we can help. Click here to go inside the blog to…

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OLYMPIA -- Chitra South Indian Twin Girls dance to America the Beautiful in the Capitol Rotunda during Inaugural Celebration (Jim Camden)

At the Inaugural Ball

OLYMPIA – There were two inaugural balls in Olympia Wednesday. One was attended by about Gov. and Mrs. Inslee, other state officials and an estimated 3,000 other folks, men mostly in formal coat and tie and a few kilts, and women mostly in long dresses…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee goes up for a rebound in an Inauguration Day pickup basketball game at a hoop set up on the garage of the Governor's Mansion (Jim Camden)

Inslee: I'll be there for Hoopfest

Inslee goes up for a rebound in an Inaugural Day game at the governor's mansion. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee is a self-proclaimed hoopaholic who likes basketball so much his staff organized a pick-up game to provide a break in Inauguration Day. He likes it…

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Inslee: States need real innovation

Across our state, we need real innovation, real reform using proven models and real accountabilty. Science, technology, engineering and math are just as important to the next generation that the 3 Rs were to my generation. We cannot allow funding debates to mask deeper problems…

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