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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

MONDAY, AUG. 19, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi welcome Hyogo Prefecture Gov. Toshizo Ido to a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of a sister-state relationship between the two areas. (Jim Camden)

Washington has 50-year-old 'sister'

Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife Trudi greet Hyogo Prefecture Gov. Toshizo Ido at a ceremony marking the sister state relationship between the two areas. OLYMPIA -- Washington state officials will mark the 50th anniversary of a relationship with Japan's Hyogo prefecture with some pomp…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 17, 2013

State toll system: High tech, low marks  

OLYMPIA – Add to the long list of things the Puget Sound communities have that Spokane residents can be glad they don’t: Toll bridges. Spokane’s last such facility, the Maple Street Bridge, removed “Toll” from its title in 1990 after some 42 years of collecting…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013

Defense Department announces same-sex benefits

Following several declarations from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the Pentagon would be extending health care and housing benefits to same-sex couples in the military, the Department of Defense announced Wednesday they would be available to employees Sept. 3. In a news release, the Department cited…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013

Board delays pot rules

OLYMPIA -- The state's rules for legally growing and selling marijuana will get another rewrite. The Washington State Liquor Control Board voted unanimously this morning to delay final approval of the rules while the staff crafts new provisions in several areas, including a possible limit…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 13, 2013

State delay of marijuana rules likely

OLYMPIA – Washington should revise its proposed rules to grow and sell recreational marijuana and delay adopting them by a couple of months, the staff of a state board recommended Tuesday. The Washington State Liquor Control Board was scheduled vote Wednesday on the final rules…

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MONDAY, AUG. 12, 2013

SUNDAY, AUG. 11, 2013

Sunday spin: Cleaning out the Inbox

OLYMPIA – Things are quiet enough at the Capitol that it’s possible to do something reporters generally avoid: clean out the unsolicited emails clogging up the inbox. We avoid wading through such correspondence for several reasons, like being busy most days with face-to-face and phone…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 9, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013

Is Doc Hastings eying House Oversight chair?

Politico's Rachel Bade reports this morning U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, may be considering a slot as chairman of the House of Representative Oversight Committee, to be vacated by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., at the end of next year. "Call this Boehner ally and personal…

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Legal pot rules criticized 

OLYMPIA – Washington’s proposed rules for growing and selling recreational marijuana were conflict with federal drug laws and state environmental laws, critics said Wednesday. They would make the end product to be smoked or eaten too expensive from taxes, some said. They might favor the…

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7th Dist. Senate follow up: The map

The Secretary of State's office has a map of Tuesday's results in the 7th District Senate race that shows John Smith on top in four counties and Brian Dansel on top in one. That one, Ferry County, which is Dansel's home county. So one would…

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Stuckart 1, Condon 0

It shouldn’t be any surprise that Candace Mumm topped all the candidates for Spokane’s Northwest City Council seat. Her two main opponents lean Republican and were bound to split the vote. Topping 50 percent in a four-way race, however, is a win of sorts for…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 2013

Spokane Council 2: Snyder v. Ahern 

South Spokane voters will pick between two familiar candidates for the Second District council seat this fall. Incumbent Jon Snyder will face former State Rep. John Ahern in the general election. Snyder finished Tuesday night's count with nearly 56 percent of the votes; Ahern had…

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Smith v. Dansel for the 7th Dist. Senate seat

Appointed State Sen. John Smith will face Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel for the rights to fill northeast Washington’s 7th District Senate seat in next year’s legislative session. Smith easily finished first in the off-year primary and at the end of ballot counting Tuesday night…

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Spokane Council Dist. 3 Mumm v. Cannon

Candace Mumm will face Michael Cannon this fall in the race for the open council seat in Northwest Spokane's 3rd District. In Tuesday night's count, Mumm was easily in first place with 56 percent of the vote. Cannon was solidly in second, with 27 percent…

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Today's fun video: RNC v. Hillary Clinton

Talking Points Memo does a synopsis about the Republican National Committee's threat to ban CNN and NBC from its 2016 primary debates if the networks do Hillary Clinton documentaries. Then there's The Hillary Project, a New Hampshire-based PAC intent on keeping Clinton from running, that…

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90 percent of ballots could be counted tonight

Spokane County could count as much as 90 percent of the ballots for the primary tonight. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said county elections staff have processed and readied for tabulation all ballots received by this morning. That leaves only the ballots being placed in the…

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MONDAY, AUG. 5, 2013

Time running out to vote in primary

Tuesday is the last day to turn in a ballot for the primary election. For most Eastern Washington voters, it's a short ballot. One or two races for city council seat, a fire district or school board. The names might not be household words. The…

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