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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013

Inslee delays China trip

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee is postponing his trade mission to China. Inslee was scheduled to leave Saturday on a previously arranged trade mission. But with the Legislature in a special session he called earlier this week to pass proposals aimed at convincing the Boeing…

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Murray steps down as Senate Dem leader

OLYMPIA -- Sen. and Seattle mayor-elect Ed Murray said he's dropping one of his titles, that of Senate Democratic leader. Murray said he was relinquishing that post and Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, was stepping in as interim leader for the special session. Murray will remain…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, Majority Coalition floor leader, moves through the pro forma opening of the Legislature's Third Special Session with Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, foreground, and Sens. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, Brian Hatfield D-Raymond and David Frockt, D-Seattle, (l-to-r in background) (Jim Camden)

Special Session 3: They're baaaack. . .

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, leads a lightly populated Senate through the pro forma opening for this year's Third Special Session. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature convened -- or should we say reconvened -- this morning, although if you overslept or lingered over that second cup of…

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Baumgartner to hold meeting before session

Before heading to Olympia for the start of the special session, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants to hear from constituents. He's holding a "mobile office" session in Airway Heights on his way out of town. "I want to answer questions and receive feedback about what…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

Special session starts Thursday

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will meet in a special session starting Thursday to consider a $10 billion transportation package and other legislation Gov. Jay Inslee said is key to landing the manufacturing plant for a new Boeing jetliner. Standing with legislative leaders, Boeing executives…

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Liquor Board seeks opinion on pot bans

OLYMPIA -- In another sign that the state is feeling its way through the unknown terrain of legalizing marijuana, a state agency is asking the attorney general's office for advice on what to do about local bans on growing and selling the drug. The Washington…

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Time running out on election

Elections in Washington are coming down to the wire, with ballots due in drop boxes or postmarked by 8 p.m. today. In Idaho, voters must go to the polls by 8 p.m. today to cast ballots. Idaho residents who haven't yet registered can sign up…

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MONDAY, NOV. 4, 2013

Pot applications open Nov. 18

OLYMPIA -- State officials will begin accepting applications for people who want to get into the marijuana business -- legally, that is -- starting at 8 a.m. Nov. 18. The state Revenue Department will be set up to accept marijuana license applications any one of…

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Cost of tax advisories less than projected

OLYMPIA -- Adding the five tax advisory measures to the state Voters Pamphlet cost less than originally projected after the Secretary of State's office found some ways to consolidate information, a spokesman for the office said today. The final cost to was about $130,000 to…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 2013

Sunday Spin 2: Say what?

Last week’s opening session of the committee to reconcile House and Senate budgets offered 29 members of Congress the chance to expound – some might say bloviate – on the task. Opening the floor to professional talkers can be dangerous, but Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.,…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 2, 2013

The Apotheois of Washington, a fresco on the ceiling of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda (Jim Camden)

Sunday Spin: Haunting the Capitol

The U.S. Capitol, arguably the greatest building in the other Washington, sometimes seems at though it is America’s answer to the Vatican, where the business at hand is conducted in surroundings adorned with art and replete with history. The hallways and staircases of both are…

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Tax advisory votes: How much effect?

Voters seeking extensive information from the usual sources on five statewide advisory measures before casting their ballots may be out of luck. There are no high-powered campaigns for or against Advisory Votes 3 through 7. No statements pro or con in the state Voters Pamphlet.…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 2013

PAC backing Snyder, Mumm missed filing deadlines 

The flood of money into Spokane City Council races is accompanied by campaign accusations flowing to the state agency that oversees election spending. In the last week at least four complaints have been filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission about Spokane races. In the…

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1 in 5 Spokane ballots in

About one of every five Spokane voters has returned a ballot for Tuesday's election. The Spokane County Elections Office said it has slightly more than 59,000 ballots as of this morning's count, both from mail delivery and collections at the drop boxes around the county.…

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TVW to show Foley service live

TVW will show today's memorial service for former Speaker Tom Foley live on its cable system and on its web site. The memorial service, which is open to the public, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church on Gonzaga University campus.…

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