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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014


Earth Day, from 2 perspectives 

At Spin Control, we get a wide range of suggestions from e-mail, Twitter and Facebook on a wide variety of topics most days. But seldom do we get something with such a sharp dichotomy on the topic of the day, which is Earth Day. We…

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

McMorris Rodgers makes 2014 bid official 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers made her re-election campaign official Monday, announcing she’ll seek a sixth term in the House of Representatives. The announcement is primarily a formality because the Spokane-area Republican has been raising money almost since the 2012 election ended and already has collected some…

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Pot store lottery begins

OLYMPIA -- The lottery for Washington's limited supply of recreational marijuana shops began today and will continue through the beginning of next month. But don't expect any snappy video shots of bouncing balls in a cage, which the state's other Lottery features. It's called a…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

State, feds nix each others Hanford plans

OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department's latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state's counter offer, setting up the prospect that they could be headed back to court with their…

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WA to US: Hanford plan's a no-go

OLYMPIA -- Washington is rejecting the U.S. Energy Department's latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In a letter today to the Justice Department, Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the proposal DOE made last moth…

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Shea says feds making war on rural U.S.

YouTube video by Gavin Seim The federal government has declared “war on rural America” with its rules and regulations on land use, a Spokane Valley legislator said in the wake of last week’s standoff between a Nevada rancher and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.…

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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

Flags going to half-staff for mudslide victims

OLYMPIA -- State agencies will lower flags on or outside their buildings to half-staff Tuesday to honor victims of the Oso mudslide, and keep them lowered through next Tuesday. Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the flag-lowering Monday afternoon for all state agencies and asked other governments,…

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OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom addresses a group from Spokane in January 2014. (Jim Camden)

Rodney Tom calls it quits 

Rodney Tom addresses a delegation from Spokane last January. OLYMPIA -- Rodney Tom, a Republican turned Democrat who joined with GOP members of the Senate to form a ruling coalition for the last two years, will not run for re-election this fall. Tom, currently the…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

McMorris Rodgers events next week 

Congress is taking time next week off from its crushingly exhaustive work schedule for members to return to their districts to meet with voters and possibly cut ribbons or hunt Easter eggs. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced two public events for the first part of…

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So can you find Ukraine on the map? 

A recent survey that shows most Americans can't find Ukraine on the map has been grist for the political pundit mill, as well as a funny bit from Stephen Colbert. But given Americans' general lack of geographic knowledge, was anyone surprised? After all, we've been…

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Obama to tour mudslide April 22

(Editor's note: This is an update of the short story that first appeared this morning on the newspaper's website. It generated more than 100 comments there, and you can join the conversation by clicking here.) OLYMPIA — President Obama will make a stop in Washington…

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Political grades for WA and ID

OLYMPIA -- It must be time for mid-terms. A pair of political watchdog groups is giving out grades for the states. Washington is passing; Idaho may be headed for summer school. The Pew Charitable Trust released its biannual ratings on how the states handled elections.…

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Problem for county pot growers 

Spokane County commissioners may have thrown a wrench into the plans of some would-be marijuana growers hoping to set up in unincorporated parts of the county. An interim zoning ordinance approved Monday says anyone growing recreational marijuana will have to be on at least eight…

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