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Spin Control archive for April 2013

FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Joe Korbuszewski, who works at Red Hot Beer Bar in Tacoma, addresses a rally against an increase in the tax on microbreweries Friday on the north Capitol steps. (Jim Camden)

So many taxes, so many comments

Joe Korbuszewski addresses the group protesting a new tax on microbreweries Friday on the Capitol steps. OLYMPIA – The Legislature looked at raising a wide array of taxes Friday -- on beer, gasoline or bottled water, on doctors, lawyers or janitors or on nonresidents who…

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OLYMPIA -- The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against extending the state's beer surcharge to microbreweries. (Jim Camden)

Showing up for the protest

The Rainier bottles "graze" in front of the Capitol during a protest against the extension of the state's temporary beer surcharge. OLYMPIA -- There's never a giant opener around when I need one. A pair of the Rainier bottles made famous in the beer's off-beat…

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Tougher DUI penalties need work, panel told

OLYMPIA – Efforts to fast-track a crackdown on repeat drunk drivers, announced with bipartisan fanfare Tuesday, hit some go slow warnings Thursday from prosecutors, judges and cops. They're raising so many questions that a key committee chairman all but acknowledged Thursday the Legislature might not…

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OLYMPIA -- Virginia Graham of Spokane watches as Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill extending the statute of limitations on prosecuting child sex abuse cases. Behind Graham is Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Cheney, the bill's sponsor; Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley is behind Inslee and former Rep. John Ahern is to Inslee's left. (Jim Camden)

Child sex-abuse prosecutions extended 

Virginia Graham watches as Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill extending the statute of limitations on child sex abuse cases. OLYMPIA – Virginia Graham’s journey to get justice for victims of child sex abuse isn’t over, but after nearly 10 years of pleading and prodding…

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DeBolt steps down as House GOP leader

OLYMPIA -- Citing health concerns, Rep. Richard DeBolt said today he is stepping down as House Republican leader. DeBolt, a Chehalis resident first elected in 1996, suffered an unspecified health emergency on the evening of April 10 at his home, a statement from the House…

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Phone books may some day be rare 

OLYMPIA – Some day soon, small children could have trouble reaching the dining room table. Doors will blow shut with the breeze. Well-muscled men will search in vain for something to tear in half to prove their strength. Navin Johnson will not jump for joy…

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Beware of scams from Boston bombing

OLYMPIA -- Be careful about giving money to groups that claim to be helping victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, state officials warned today. In what some would consider a disturbing sign of the times, Attorney General Rob Ferguson and Secretary of State Kim Wyman…

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House passes $8.4 billion Transportation Budget 

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats passed a two-year spending plan for the state's transportation system today, overcoming Republican objections about a controversial bridge over the Columbia River and the way tolls are set on roads and bridges. Included in the bill is some $79 million for…

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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2013

Something for Tax Day

Your federal income tax forms are due today. If you haven't started and you need to file something harder than the 1040EZ, you may want to think about filing for an extension. If you're done with taxes and want a diversion -- and you're old…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Padden listens to debate over a bill that would change pay for presidential electors. (Jim Camden)

Elector pay would go up

Sen. Mike Padden listens to debate on bill to raise pay to presidential electors. OLYMPIA -- Electors who cast their vote for the state's choice for president would get more money in 2016 -- quite a bit more -- under a bill that passed the…

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Senators weigh in on FAA tower closure plans

WASHINGTON — Powerful Congressional voices on transportation issues, including Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington, admonished the Federal Aviation Administration for plans to shutter control towers nationwide as a result of federal spending cuts, including Spokane’s tower at Felts Field. Cantwell joined six of her colleagues…

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GOP to put AR-15 up for bid 

State Republicans will have a chance to bid on a rifle at the center of the current gun-control vs. gun rights debate, an AR-15, at their spring fund-raiser this weekend. But State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said auctioning off the semi-automatic rifle is not a…

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Mike Padden, left, talks with Sen. Andy Billig Thursday on the floor of the Senate during debate on the National Cowboy Day resolution. (Jim Camden)

Senate: Ye-Haaaa for National Cowboy Day

Sen. Mike Padden, left, talks with Sen. Andy Billig on the Senate floor during the discussion of the National Cowboy Day resolution Thursday. OLYMPIA -- Ignoring the advice of almost every political consultant worth a darn that an elected official should not wear silly headgear,…

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Hitching a ride across the Pacific

OLYMPIA -- By now, most people have heard or read about the striped fish that came across the Pacific in a boat after the tsunami in Japan. But the boat that washed ashore near Long Beach was actually full of critters that made the trip.…

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