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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014

The new Goat Standard

By spending nearly a year meeting with neighborhood groups and others to develop an urban farming plan that addressed various concerns before bringing it to a final vote, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has created an unexpected new problem. Any plan on almost any…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

Inslee signs most of 'disappointing' budget 

OLYMPIA – The ink from his signature wasn’t even dry on the Legislature's current budget before Gov. Jay Inslee was challenging lawmakers to do more on their next one. Inslee signed the state’s supplemental operating budget, vetoing some elements such as a section that would…

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Drone bill vetoed 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to regulate the use of drones by law enforcement and other agencies was vetoed Friday. Gov. Jay Inslee said the bill did not do enough to protect the public's right to privacy and raised questions about public records. In its place,…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

Education bill raises graduation requirements

OLYMPIA – Washington high school students will need 24 credits to earn a diploma, with an extra credit of math and science, starting in 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday that legislators said will help give students a “meaningful diploma” increasing both the…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

Pot store lottery at the end of April

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the end of this month. The first legal sales aren’t likely until the beginning of July,…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014


MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014


OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill designating the official state oyster, with a plate of them on the table with the bill. (Jim Camden)

Bills, bills and a plate of oysters

OLYMPIA – Children will have to have lawyers before a court can sever their parents’ rights. Juveniles will have more protection against self-incrimination in Washington. Marijuana growers won’t get tax breaks that other farmers get. People who sign local initiative petitions more than once will…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014


Has the Dream of the '90s found its way to Spokane? 

Spokane's latest push to expand urban farming opportunities had at least one councilman wondering if TV sketch comedians Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein might be lurking nearby. "Sometimes when I'm reading this ordinance I feel like I've landed in an episode of "Portlandia,'" Councilman Mike…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014


OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee begins signing more than four dozen bills Thursday morning in his office conference room. (Jim Camden)

Inslee signing boatload of bills

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign more than four dozens of bills this morning, including: -- a bill to raise fees on vehicle tab replacements and transfers for people who do that online or at county auditors' offices to help pay for…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014


Robocall may have prompted death threat

Robocalls may be annoying, particularly during campaign season, but for Rep. Kevin Parker, one apparently prompted a death threat. The Spokane Republican contacted the Washington State Patrol this week after someone left a message on his office voice mail with graphic threats to him and…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014


Senators' per diem pay going up 33%

OLYMPIA -- State senators will be able to collect an extra $30 a day for expenses during legislative sessions under a rule approved Tuesday by a committee of their members. The Senate Facilities and Operations Committee voted 4-3 to raise the allowance for daily expenses…

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014

FEMA gives Oso mudslide emergency declaration

OLYMPIA -- The Federal Emergency Management Administration issued a verbal declaration that makes the area around the Snohomish County mudslide eligible for immediate assistance. Gov. Jay Inslee received assurance from FEMA this morning that it will issue a limited emergency declaration for the mudslide area…

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SATURDAY, MARCH 22, 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014

WA Supreme Court decision on Yates

OLYMPIA -- The Washington Supreme Court handed serial killer Robert Yates what could be a pyrrhic victory in his appeal of his 408-year sentence for 13 murders and one attempted murder. Yes, the court said in a 7-2 ruling, the two 20-year-sentences for a pair…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Immigrant protections added to labor law

OLYMPIA – Washington employers who threaten their immigrant employees with deportation or the destruction of their documents while forcing them to work can be charged with a felony. A new law signed Wednesday stiffens the penalties for coercing workers into forced labor, adding to existing…

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