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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Gov.-elect Jay Inslee addresses a legislative preview forum on Jan. 10, 2013.  (Jim Camden)

Inslee: No panacea for gun violence 

Govenor-elect Inslee addresses a legislative preview session. OLYMPIA – The Legislature should consider a wide range of options in a search to increase gun safety and reduce the threat of violence, Governor-elect Jay Inslee said Thursday. “There is no panacea, no one solution,” Inslee said…

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Former County Commissioner Mark Richard lands new job 

Former Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will lead downtown Spokane main business group. The Downtown Spokane Partnership announced today that Richard started this week as the organization’s new president. In September, the partnership’s board fired then-president Mike Tedesco, who earned $95,000 a year in the…

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Inslee names budget chief

OLYMPIA -- Governor-elect Jay Inslee selected the leader of the state Senate's Budget Committee staff as his new budget director. Inslee told his transition team today that he would appoint David Schumacher as the director of the Office of Financial Management, making him the incoming…

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Fairchild on short list for new tankers 

Fairchild Air Force Base is one of several bases on a short list for receiving the nation's newest air refueling tanker. Senate sources confirmed the West Plains base is on a list of possible locations for the first KC-46A refueling jets when they roll off…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013

Congress rates lower than . . .

Congress is not popular. That's not news. But when Public Policy Polling decided to test just how unpopular it is, the firm may have found a way to make news at Congress's expense. It surveyed 830 Americans, asking them "Do you have a more favorable…

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

Sunday Spin: Leftover from the I-502 campaign 

OLYMPIA – Elections are designed to place a punctuation mark on political disputes. Sometimes it’s a full-stop period; other times, more of comma, pausing to allow one to take a breath before the argument continues. That seems the case with Initiative 502, which as most…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

We're No. 36...on one tax list

OLYMPIA -- Washington state are about two-thirds of the way down the list when one considers how much of their income they pay for state and local taxes. This according to the folks in charge of collecting the taxes, so they should know, right. The…

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Smith to replace Morton state Senate

John Smith, a Colville-area farmer and businessman, was appointed by Northeastern Washington county commissioners to replace Bob Morton, who retired at the beginning of the year from his post as 7th District state Senator. Click here to read colleague Mike Prager's coverage on the appointment.…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Latest Eyman initiative topic: Initiatives

OLYMPIA – Almost every year for more than a decade, Washington’s premier proponent of initiatives, Tim Eyman, has had a ballot measure to promote, and 2013 is no exception. This year’s initiative topic: initiatives. Eyman and other supporters of Initiative 517 filed petitions with more…

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Inslee names three top spots

OLYMPIA -- Governor-elect Jay Inslee began filling out his executive office staff today, naming a director of his legislative office, his press office and a "senior advisor." Ted Sturdevant, currently the director of the state Department of Eclology, was named Inslee's executive director for legislative…

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Tax-cut vote splits House delegations

This week’s votes to keep income tax rates from rising for most Americans split the House delegations in Washington and Idaho, but unified the two state’s senators behind the last-minute deal. Two Washington Democrats in the House voted against the tax changes, while the state’s…

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