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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, OCT. 31, 2013

Yo ho Halloween at governor's mansion

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and wife Trudi will be hitting the pirate theme tonight for trick or treaters at the Governor's Mansion. Technically, there are only treaters. The security system at the governor's mansion discourages tricksters. But the mansion is a stop on may…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Patty Murray gives Rep. Paul Ryan a gavel to run the Budget Conference Committee, upholding a tradition of alternating control between the Senate and House with each new conference committee. (Jim Camden)

Congress talks budget

Sen. Patty Murray hands the gavel signifying chairmanship of the Budget Conference Committee to Rep. Paul Ryan. Key members of the Senate and House sit down today to try to find a compromise on the 2014 budget. Rep. Paul Ryan, the former GOP vice presidential…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama speaks at a memorial service for former House Speaker Tom Foley in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. (Jim Camden)

In praise of compromise and civility

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Tom Foley. WASHINGTON – In a service that contrasted the state of today’s Congress with the House Tom Foley left nearly two decades ago, past and current leaders extolled the former Spokane speaker’s ability to see another…

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Candidates John Ahern, left, and Jon Snyder debate each other on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at KSPS's Studio in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Fire District safe from Ahern

In the KSPS debate that aired earlier this month on KSPS City Council candidate John Ahern spoke in confusing terms about the area served by the city's Fire Station No. 9 on the South Hill. So confusing, apparently, that Spokane County Fire District No. 9…

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Obama orders flags at half-staff for Foley

Flags are flying at half staff outside the U.S. Capitol and at federal buildings around the nation today in honor of former Rep. Tom Foley of Spokane. President Barack Obama ordered the flags lowered Monday for Foley, who served in the House of Representatives for…

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MONDAY, OCT. 28, 2013

Last call to register to vote

Today is the last day for Washington residents who aren't registered to vote to do something to fix that if they want to cast a ballot in next week's general election. The easy way to register, online or by mail, closed weeks ago. But Washington…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 2013

Obama to attend Foley service at Capitol

President Barack Obama will be among current and former leaders attending a memorial service for the late Tom Foley, former House speaker and U.S. ambassador, Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol. The White House announced this morning that Obama will attend the service in Statuary Hall.…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 2013

GMO labeling measure losing steam? 

The onslaught of commercials castigating Initiative 522, the genetically engineered food labeling measure on the November ballot, may be taking their toll. A new survey by The Elway Poll shows support for I-522 has dropped precipitously in the last month. In September, about two-thirds of…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 23, 2013

TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

Foley resolution introduced by McMorris Rodgers 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduced a resolution Tuesday honoring former Speaker Tom Foley as "one of our country's most remarkable leaders." Not surprising, because McMorris Rodgers occupies the Eastern Washington seat Foley held for 30 years. Interesting, because McMorris Rodgers is the chairwoman of the…

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Crouse to resign at end of year

Republican Larry Crouse will retire after 19 years in the Legislature, likely setting off a rush of GOP hopefuls in the Spokane Valley district. Crouse announced Tuesday he plans to retire as of Dec. 31, halfway through his current term, because of health problems that…

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MONDAY, OCT. 21, 2013

State recommends taxes, limits on medical pot

OLYMPIA – A proposal by state agencies to overhaul Washington’s medical marijuana system, restricting access and toughening requirements for patients, was immediately criticized by some advocates for the drug. Staff from the state Health and Revenue departments, along with the Liquor Control Board which will…

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The federal shutdown of 1990 

Some readers have taken issue with Sunday's column and whether a federal government shutdown ke the one we just experienced would have happened if Tom Foley were speaker. There was a shutdown, after all, in October 1990, when Foley was speaker, several pointed out in…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 20, 2013

FRIDAY, OCT. 18, 2013

Foley memorials

Spin Control blogging is admittedly light today as we produce an obituary for Tom Foley for the web page and Saturday's paper. We recommend the S-R's slide show, which has many Foley pictures from the newspaper's extensive photo archives. For those who want to read…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Ending the shutdown: How they voted 

Washington state has one distinction in yesterday's vote to end the partial government shutdown and extend the federal debt limit: It is the largest state in which the entire delegation voted yes. Across the border in Idaho, the delegation was split, 3-1, on the no…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 2013

AP: Ferguson suing anti GMO labeling donor 

Attorney General Bob Ferguson held a press conference this morning to announce a lawsuit against a group that has given some $7 million to the campaign against Initiative 522. Here's an updated report from Mike Baker of the Associated Press: SEATTLE (AP) — Washington’s attorney…

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State pot rules get board OK

OLYMPIA -- Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. The agency in charge of setting up the state's recreational marijuana system this morning approved the rules they'll have to follow to get the industry…

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Inslee in Spokane Wednesday

Gov. Jay Inslee comes east for a full day today: * Press conference at 9:30 a.m * Roundtable discussion on transportation at 10:30 a.m. at the downtown library. * Shows off the Washington Healthplanfinder’s Mobile Enrollment Tour at 2:45 p.m * Speech at the Greater…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 15, 2013

Medicaid expansion adds adults to dental care 

OLYMPIA – A quarter-million adults in Washington will gain dental coverage over the next two years as the state expands its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and re-establishes programs dropped in budget cutbacks. Starting Jan. 1, current Medicaid recipients who lost coverage after…

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