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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29, 2014

Gun initiatives get second hearing 

OLYMPIA – A pair of initiatives on gun control had their second and likely last hearing Wednesday with supporters and opponents disagreeing sharply on when giving a gun to another person would require a background check. Wednesday’s hearing by the Senate Law and Justice Committee...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 2014

Giffords: 'Be bold', pass gun control measure 

OLYMPIA – Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords urged legislators to “be bold, be courageous” and require wider background checks on gun sales. Gun rights advocates urged them to protect constitutional rights and pass a competing initiative. But even before testimony began in the packed hearing room...

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McMorris Rodgers rebuttal set

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will rush from the House Floor to a nearby studio to give the rebuttal to tonight's State of the Union address by President Obama. But she won't have to listen carefully to his speech, take notes and write something new on...

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MONDAY, JAN. 27, 2014


WA Lege Day 15: Panel OKs tougher DUI laws

OLYMPIA – A pair of proposals for tougher drunk driving laws were sent to the budget writers Monday to figure out how the state might pay for more people serving time. One proposal would make the fourth conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol...

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Congressional delegation bets on Super Bowl

If it's Super Bowl week, it must be time for politicians to make bets on the outcome for the teams they represent. In keeping with that age-old tradition, the Washington and Colorado delegations are quickly out of the box with a collection of food. sweets...

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WA Lege Day 15: Senate majority flexes muscle

OLYMPIA -- In the clearest example yet of what it means to have one more member of the Senate's ruling caucus, the Democratic chairman of a key committee was forced to share power with a newly elected Republican. On 26-23 votes, the Majority Coalition Caucus...

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Former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords acknowledges members of the media Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Giffords to testify at gun initiative hearing 

Gabrielle Giffords waves to reporters earlier this month at an event to mark the third anniversary of her shooting in Arizona. OLYMPIA -- Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a shooting rampage that killed six, will testify in favor of a proposed initiative to...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 25, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 24, 2014

Wash. Post briefs readers on McMorris Rodgers 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' gig as the GOP responder to the State of the Union garnered a bit of attention from a Washington Post blog, which listed five things its readers probably didn't know about her. Most Spokesman-Review readers, many of whom are her constituents,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

Say what? Voice-to-text loses in translation

A colleague got the following voice-to-text message last night. See if you can figure out what it ought to say. "Good evening spoke an(?) State Representative is Marcus with Shelly and Tim arms be along with Senator Randy Bill legs(?) are currently holding a live...

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Medical pot bill moves to House

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to restrict medical marijuana and put it under the state Liquor Control Board was sent to the full House this morning. After adding more flexibility on the amount of the drug or number of plants a patient might have, the House...

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Panel narrowly passes Reproductive Parity Act

OLYMPIA -- With a one-vote margin, the House Health Care and Wellness Committee passed a bill that would require most insurance companies to cover abortion if they cover maternity services. HB 2148, often called the Reproductive Parity Act was denounced by opponents like Rep. Shelly...

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Local legislators reaching out by phone

OLYMPIA -- While Spokane-area legislators are spending most of their time for the next two months in Olympia,some are are trying to keep in touch with constituents by shifting the standard "town hall meeting" from a place to a phone number. Republican Reps. Kevin Parker...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014


No pot sellers on Google, TIME says

One more obstacle for Washington's budding marijuana industry to confront: You won't be able to advertise on Google or Facebook. That according to TIME, which says that even in Washington and Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal, Google and Facebook will not allow sellers...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Medical pot bills generating rifts among patient groups 

OLYMPIA – Efforts to bring the state’s two laws on marijuana together is generating several proposals in the Legislature and rifts among the medical marijuana community. Some patients on Tuesday described a pair of bills on medical marijuana as unconstitutional intrusions, others said they were...

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Barring road art might not save much

OLYMPIA -- The state Transportation Department would be barred from spending highway construction money for art or special concrete designs on walls and bridges under a Valley legislator's bill. But that might not save much money to spend on other projects. The department said it...

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