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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

Today's fun video: Obama between 2 ferns 

President Obama sat down with Zach Galifianakis for a mock interview, with the main purpose of plugging the health care website but which wandered into many bizarre topics. Am guessing that conservative pundits who get angry when Obama goes on ESPN to make his NCAA...

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Lege bans minors from tanning booths

OLYMPIA -- Be prepared for more pale teens, particularly during the winter months in Washington. Most minors would be banned from sessions in tanning booths under a bill receiving final approval in the Legislature this morning. With a 42-6 vote, the Senate agreed with changes...

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WA Lege Day 58: Time is running out

OLYMPIA -- One would expect to see a budget agreement sometime today, considering the Legislature has less than 72 hours left in the session, and it takes time to take the agreement and turn it into a printed document on which the two chambers can...

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

Democratic senators tag-team all-nighter

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate is pulling an all-nighter. More than two dozen senators will take turns speaking from tonight through tomorrow morning to drum up support for legislation to address climate change. Technically it's not a filibuster, since the senators aren't delaying a vote...

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Eide calling it quits 

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Tracey Eide, a Federal Way Democrat, said she will not run for re-election this year, opening up a seat in one of the state's swing districts. Eide, an 18-year-veteran of the Legislature, has served for the last two years has shared bipartisan...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Seahawks mascot Taima visits the House of Representatives Friday with owners David and Robin Knutson, Rep. Kevin Parker (center) and Seahawks executive Mike Flood. (Jim Camden)

Seahawks' Taima is in the House...

OLYMPIA -- The Seahawks' flying mascot Taima made a guest appearance in the Legislature this morning, posing for pictures and being present in the House when a resolution of his honor was adopted. The resolution, by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, commended the augur hawk as...

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OLYMPIA -- WSU Football Coach Mike Leach addresses the state Senate after a resolution honoring the 1915 football team was adopted. (Jim Camden)

...while Cougs' Leach is in Senate 

Mike Leach addresses state Senate. OLYMPIA -- The Washington Senate elevated the 1915 Cougar football team to the status of National Champion today, honoring the team that went undefeated and won the 1916 Rose Bowl. With current WSU Coach Mike Leach at the rostrum, the...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014




Racist heckler flips off immigration activists

Activists trying to rally support for immigration reform outside Spokane City Hall got a rude welcome to the Inland Northwest this morning. A young man walked briskly past the ongoing news conference and, with TV cameras rolling, muttered, "Go back to Mexico." He then continued...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014

Legislature 'apologizes' for salmon wars

OLYMPIA -- Native Americans who were arrested and jailed for"off-season" fishing in tribal waters before a federal judge ruled they were within their treaty rights are getting the legislative version of an apology. A unanimous Senate approved and sent to Gov. Jay Inslee a bill...

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Another predator tangles with Shelby 

Last year we brought you the story of Shelby, the dog who showed up at a Senate hearing in support of a bill to make it easier for landowners to fight off wolves attacking their livestock and pets. The six-year-old Siberian Husky mix didn't speak,...

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Murray questions OMB head about Hanford cuts

WASHINGTON - Sen. Patty Murray continued her criticism of President Obama's proposed cuts for cleanup of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, taking his budget director to task at a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee which she leads. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Office of Management...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

House passes budget with teacher raises 

OLYMPIA — In a prelude to end-of-session budget negotiations, the House dumped the Senate's no-new-taxes budget that extended some tax loopholes for businesses, replacing it with a plan to spend an extra $140 million on education and other programs, partly by raising several taxes. Democrats...

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Senate passes Palouse Falls designation 

OLYMPIA -- A plan to name Palouse Falls the official state waterfall passed the Senate and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon. On a 46-3 vote, a plan devised by students at Washtucna Elementary School cleared its last legislative hurdle and seems likely...

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Senate: No tax breaks for pot

OLYMPIA -- A unanimous Senate voted to bar tax breaks for the state's fledgling marijuana businesses. On a 47-0 vote, it passed SB 6505, which says the state's new marijuana entrepreneurs who have filed for licenses to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana won't be...

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Committee votes to close 4 tax breaks

OLYMPIA -- Bottled water would carry the standard sales tax and out-of-state shoppers would have to apply for a refund of taxes they pay at the register under a proposal approved this morning by the House Finance Committee. On an 8-5 party-line vote, the panel...

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E-cigarette tax passes committee 

OLYMPIA -- Washington could levy a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes under a proposal narrowly approved this morning by the House Finance Committee. On a 7-6 vote, the committee approved a plan to tax the mixture of nicotine, flavoring and water vapor despite objections from...

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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2014

Senate panel OKs state pot biz mega-committee

OLYMPIA – Facing a wide range of challenges for allowing different forms of legal marijuana, the Senate budget panel voted to set up a 22-member committee board to try to work things out. The proposed State Cannabis Industry Coordinating Committee would have four legislators, representatives...

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