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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 2014

Last call for voter registration

Washington residents who want to do something about the prospect of poor turnout for the November election but aren’t registered to vote have one last chance. If they are eligible – American citizens, state residents, over 18 and haven’t lost the right to vote by...

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Sunday Spin2: Is WA 'the bluest state'? 

The Hill, meanwhile, came up a with a formula that declared Washington the nation’s bluest state. We could be more comfortable about that title if its researchers had been a bit more diligent in their research. . . To read the rest of this item,...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

McMorris Rodgers, Pakootas debate on Thursday 

The second debate between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas will air Thursday night on KSPS-TV and KXLY 920 AM radio. Pakootas, the chief executive officer of the Colville Tribe Federal Corp., is running against McMorris Rodgers, a Republican seeking her sixth...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Roundtable: Road projects have big payoff

OLYMPIA – Washington would get a major economic boost by finishing the North Spokane Corridor and some other major road projects worth $7 billion, a state business group said Tuesday. It faces significant costs and problems if the Legislature continues to deadlock over some type...

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Spokane mayor, city attorney seek ethics upgrade

This week, the city of Spokane is holding two public meetings about its proposed update to the city's ethics code. “This update formalizes our commitment to deliver outstanding service through greater transparency,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon in a statement. “The proposed updates establish a...

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014


Board clears Sen. Roach on foreign travel

OLYMPIA -- A complaint against an Auburn legislator for taking an improper trip to Turkey and Azerbaijan last year was dismissed by the Legislative Ethics Board. Some of the allegations were outside its authority, the board said, and the trip involved enough official and educational...

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Johnson denies disclosure allegations 

Mary Lou Johnson said she's complying with state laws regarding campaign finance disclosure after a complaint was filed targeting a recent television ad and mailings. Michael Cathcart, government affairs director at the Spokane Home Builders Association, sent a copy of his complaint to the Spokesman-Review...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

Sunday Spin: Where does McMorris Rodgers live? 

At least once a week, and more frequently during election season, the newspaper gets a call, a letter, an e-mail or an online comment alleging a scandal about Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Sometimes it comes in a conspiratorial query just above a whisper. Other times it’s...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Spokane retail pot sales top $1.9 million 

Legal marijuana operations in Spokane County are reporting more money from sales than any of the state’s other 38 counties — almost $3.6 million worth of sales from licensed growers, processors and recreational marijuana stores since sales began this summer. Clark County’s two recreational marijuana...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014

3rd debate for 5th Cong Dist scheduled 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas have added a third debate to their campaign schedules, agreeing to a second match-up in Spokane. The debate, sponsored by three area business groups, will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lincoln Center. While...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

State could quadruple land planted to legal pot

OLYMPIA – Washington may soon quadruple the amount of land where legal marijuana can be grown. The state Liquor Control Board is considering a series of changes to its recreational marijuana rules, and one of them would increase the allowable land for the legal pot...

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Ballots going in the mail starting today 

Ballots are being mailed out to Washington voters starting today and Spokane County, which is sending out about 275,000 ballots, will mail them out over a two-day stretch through Thursday. Most voters should have their ballots by the weekend, but the elections officials said that...

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In this corner ...

The gloves are off in the 6th legislative district Senate race. After trading jabs for the past few months, Republican incumbent Michael Baumgartner and Democratic challenger Rich Cowan now are pummeling each other in a series of back-and-forth sound bites and other insults triggered by...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014


Legislators' free meal limit: 12 per year

OLYMPIA -- Legislators could accept as many as a dozen free meals from lobbyists each year under a new rule adopted by their ethics committee. But in what could be described as only a partial victory for public accountability, their constituents will have no way...

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