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Spin Control archive for May 2013

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013

Most money for I-522 from outside WA 

OLYMPIA – Out-of-state money pouring into the campaign coffers of this fall’s initiative to require labeling of genetically modified food products make clear that Washington will once again be a battleground state for progressive causes. Supporters of Initiative 522, which would require any product sold…

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OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Capitol reflected in Capitol Lake on May 15, 2013 (Jim Camden)

A calm day in Olympia

The Capitol Building above Capitol Lake on Wednesday morning. OLYMPIA -- Day 3 of the special session is quiet, inside the Capitol and out. The Senate Government Operations Committee had a "work session" in the morning on recall elections. The Senate had a four-minute pro-forma…

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TUESDAY, MAY 14, 2013



MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013



OLYMPIA -- The floor of the House of Representatives a few minutes after the chamber opened for the first day of the special session and adjourned until Day 2.  (Jim Camden)

WA Spec Session: They're back. Sort of

OLYMPIA -- The special session of the Legislature began officially at 9 a.m. with a flurry of inactivity. The House passed a few resolutions and adjourned until Tuesday morning. The Senate went at ease until the afternoon, when Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said enough…

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

Felts tower to stay open

Remember how Congress moved almost like greased lightning to keep stop the slowdown in commercial flights that the sequester was going to cause? And remember how the jaded among you said that was just because they were getting to leave on recess, and didn't want…

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Yo, would-be candidates: Filing starts Monday 

People thinking about running for local council or district offices who haven't yet made up their minds need to make a decision pretty quick. Filing week starts Monday morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and towns throughout Washington, as well…

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Inslee: Progress made on the budget

OLYMPIA --Negotiators are making progress on a budget compromise that would cover the state's operating costs for the next two years, Gov. Jay Inslee said this morning. But not enough that Inslee could say for certainty whether the Legislature will be working full-time starting Monday,…

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THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013

Sales tax collections up 

OLYMPIA – Taxes collected from all retail sales grew by 5 percent in Washington last year, the biggest jump from one year to the next since the recession began in 2008. Figures released Thursday by the state Department of Revenue showed that taxes from retail…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2013

State officials restricted from lobbying

OLYMPIA – State officials who ask the Legislature for more money or expanded programs could be fined, and pay the penalty out of their own pocket, if they don’t properly file lobbying reports with the Public Disclosure Commission. A bill sponsored by Rep. Matt Shea,…

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Verner lands new job 

Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has landed a new job at the Department of Natural Resources. She will start next month as the deputy supervisor of resource protection and administration, said department spokesman Matthew Randazzo. That is the lead position over the resource protection division,…

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

Waldref cruises to Bloomsday win 

Congratulations to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, this year's top Bloomsday finisher among elected leaders (at least among those whose time we checked). She easily beat out the rest of her City Council cohorts, though in defense of the others, she is the youngest elected official we…

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