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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

WA Lege Day 37: 5 p.m. witching hour

OLYMPIA -- The hopes of many interest groups, lobbyists and citizens with hopes for key pieces of legislation hang in the balance today, a major "cut-off" day for bills. If a bill doesn't have some fiscal aspect to it, it must have passed the chamber…

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MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

Didier: 'All in' for 4th District race 

For anyone who had any doubts about his intentions about running for Congress, Clint Didier ended them today. He scoffed at the prospect of setting up an "exploratory committee" and announced he was a candidate at a morning press conference in Pasco. He's got a…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2014

Another run at a port district coming? 

OLYMPIA – It’s possible that in politics, like in fashion, everything comes back in style. I believe in the latter and save a particularly striking, albeit too wide, paisley necktie from the 1970s that I really like but don’t wear because of my daughter, who…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

Innovate WA on the chopping block 

OLYMPIA – A state agency with roots in Spokane’s 1980s push to attract more high-tech jobs to the region would be eliminated under legislation approved this week by the House. Innovate Washington would cease to exist and its Riverpoint building, leases on other office space…

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Holmquist Newby may run for Congress

OLYMPIA -- State Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry said she has formed a committee to explore whether to run for the congressional seat opening up in Central Washington's 4th District. Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, said she plans to visit "with key leaders throughout the district. .…

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School bills move through Legislature

OLYMPIA -- Washington schools would be required to protect students against emotional bullying, keep more data on homeless students and test out whether extra days would help some students retain more from one year to the next under bills that advanced Friday. . . To…

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WA Lege Day 33: V-Day, as in votes 

OLYMPIA -- Legislators are spending Valentine's Day moving as many bills as possible through their respective chambers. Eastern Washington members may not be home in time for a romantic dinner with their significant others, but may get the rest of the weekend off. Why the…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2014

Senate majority offers roads package 

OLYMPIA -- The coalition controlling the Senate released a $12 billion transportation package that would raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over three years and finish several major projects, including Spokane's North-South Freeway. They said they have support from 13 of their members -- or…

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Rep. Doc Hastings discusses proposed alterations to the Endangered Species Act on Tuesday on Capitol Hill. (Associated Press)

Doc Hastings to retire 

Hastings at news conference earlier this month discussing the Endangered Species Act. AP Photo Richard “Doc” Hastings, Central Washington's veteran congressman, will call it quits this year after 20 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hastings, 73, announced today he will not seek re-election…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014

Execution moratorium misuse of power, Republicans say

OLYMPIA -- Legislative Republicans accused Gov. Jay Inslee of misusing his power by announcing a blanket moratorium on all executions during his term. "It's the Legislature that decides whether (capital punishment) is an appropriate policy," Sen. Steve O'Ban, R-University Place, said, while a governor has…

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, calls for support of a bill that would require state agencies to use products free of PCBs when they are available. (Jim Camden)

Do yellow highway stripes contain PCB?

Sen. Andy Billig plugs bill limiting products with PCBs. OLYMPIA -- State agencies would be required to buy products that are free of cancer-causing PCBs if they are available under a bill approved today by the Senate. The proposal is a way to reduce the…

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OLYMPIA -- Washtucna Elementary School students ask a House Committee to name Palouse Falls the official state waterfall. (Jim Camden)

House passes Palouse Falls bill

Washtucna elementary students pitched Palouse Falls at House committee hearing last month. OLYMPIA -- Palouse Falls would become the official state waterfall under a bill receiving unanimous approval in the House today. The proposal originated with students at Washtucna Elementary School as a way to…

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Senate approves nuke study

OLYMPIA -- Washington should study whether more nuclear power should be added to the state's power grid, the Senate said today. In 34-15 vote, the Senate approved a bill calling for a study of new "modular" nuclear technologies to see whether they make economic sense.…

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WA Lege Day 31: A day of votes

OLYMPIA -- Both chambers are expected to spend much of Wednesday voting on bills that have been sent to them by the various committees that spent the first half of this session reviewing legislation. Initial lists from the Senate call for votes on ski lift…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014

WA Lege Day 30: Halfway mark

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature hits the midway point today, which is also the final day for bills that cost money or affect taxes to get out of the committees in charge of those topics. Any legislation that doesn't make that deadline is likely dead for…

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MONDAY, FEB. 10, 2014

Oil transport bill gets committee OK

OLYMPIA -- The public would have access to more information about crude oil moving through the state by rail or barge under a proposal sent to the House Monday. On a mostly partisan 18-12 vote, the House Appropriations Committee sent HB 2347 to the committee…

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Call from Caribbean may be a scam

OLYMPIA – If someone calls your cell phone from a Caribbean island but hangs up before you answer, chances are some friend wasn’t calling to gloat about sipping daiquiris on a beach. You didn’t win a free trip to a resort hotel. The Beach Boys…

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WA Lege Day 29: Left-turning motorcycles

OLYMPIA -- Motorcyclists could turn left at an intersection if the traffic light doesn't give them the green arrow after a complete cycle under a bill that received strong support from the Senate. SB 5141 would change state traffic laws to account for a problem…

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