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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

Sims named health exchange chairman

OLYMPIA -- Ron Sims will be the new chairman of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates the state's online system for finding health insurance. Sims, a member of the Washington Health Alliance board, is a former King County Executive and former deputy secretary of…

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Update: More Eastern WA pot store locations

To check for locations, enlarge the map or click on the locator pins. OLYMPIA -- When the Liquor Control Board announced the "winners" of its lotteries for recreational marijuana stores, it also mentioned there were other applicants getting the green light to secure a license…

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014


SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014

SATURDAY, MAY 3, 2014

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014


And the pot lottery winners are. . .  

OLYMPIA -- Marijuana retail stores in the Spokane area could be heavily concentrated on North Division, East Trent and East Sprague, based on the results of the state lottery. The Washington Liquor Control Board this morning released the results of the double-blind lottery for most…

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

This is the original logo for Washington state recreational marijuana. It was later abandonned by the state Liquor Control Board. (Washington State Liquor Control Board)

Pot lottery 'winners' revealed Friday 

The original logo for legal recreational marijuana in Washington, which was developed for the Liquor Control Board but never officially used. But we kind of like it, anyway. OLYMPIA – More than 300 businesses that get the first crack at opening the state’s recreational marijuana…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu arrive at the Temple of Justice Thursday where Inslee appointed Yu to fill an opening on the state Supreme Court.  (Jim Camden)

Inslee names Yu to state Supreme Court 

Inslee and Yu arrive at the Temple of Justice where Inslee announced her appointment to an opening on the state Supreme Court. OLYMPIA -- In his first appointment to the state Supreme Court, Gov. Jay Inslee replaced that court's most conservative member with its first…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2014

Spokane pot businesses could bank on credit union

OLYMPIA -- Numerica Credit Union is the first financial institution in the state willing to accept clients whose business is recreational marijuana, the Washington Liquor Control Board was told Wednesday. But only for Spokane area businesses, Becky Smith, the board's marijuana licensing manager, said: “They…

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State to dispensaries: Pay your taxes

OLYMPIA – The state Revenue Department is stepping up efforts to make medical marijuana dispensaries pay their taxes. After more than two years of “educational outreach” designed teach medical marijuana businesses that they must register with the state and pay taxes, the department says in…

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Stuckart to seek re-election next year

Spokane City Council Chairman Ben Stuckart is already making plans for next year's election, saying today he will seek another term in his current position. Stuckart, currently part of a liberal/progressive/Democratic majority on the council, had been rumored as a potential candidate for mayor against…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014


Inslee looks for ways to cut carbon emissions 

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce carbon emissions as part of an executive order that attempts to find ways to fight climate change. At a speech at Shoreline Community College Tuesday, Inslee outlined goals…

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Coming today: Climate change, school plan

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to announce the next steps in his plans for Washington state to fight climate change during a speech this morning at Shoreline Community College. A joint legislative committee is scheduled to adopt the official response to the state…

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

SATURDAY, APRIL 26, 2014

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014


District 81 official fined for campaign activity 

OLYMPIA -- A top official from the Spokane School District was fined $500 today for improperly using the district's resources to support ballot measures in 2009 and 2012. Mark Anderson, the district's associate superintendent for School Support Services, agreed to a settlement with the state…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014


Board likely to ban pot home-delivery 

OLYMPIA — Recreational marijuana purchases in Washington will be take-out but not delivery, proposed new rules say. The Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the establishment of the state's legal marijuana system, appears likely to ban home-delivery of the drug along with several other tweaks…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

Marine One flies over the site of the March 22 mudslide taking President Obama to Oso on April 22. (AP)

Obama in Oso: Reports from the pool

Marine One flies over the site of the March 22 mudslide taking President Obama to Oso. AP PHOTO President Obama stopped in Washington state on his way to Asia, landing in Everett and traveling to Oso to see the devastation of last month's mudslide and…

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