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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Elway Poll: Class-size measure has strong lead

An initiative that would require smaller classes in Washington's public schools has strong support among voters polled a month before election day. Elway Research says two of three voters surveyed last week said they were either definitely or probably going to vote yes on Initiative...

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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

Elway Poll: Voters split on gun initiatives 

OLYMPIA -- Support for both gun initiatives on the November ballot is falling, but the proposal to expand background checks to most sales still has majority support, a new Elway Research poll says. Three of five voters polled last week said they would definitely or...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 12, 2014

Sunday Spin: Say what No. 2

Keeping track of legislative committees can be a chore for the public during the session, because some panels string several topics together and because the House and Senate have come up with different titles for groups with the same purview. Between sessions, even legislators have...

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Sunday Spin: Say what No. 1 

Last week’s debate between U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas veered briefly into immigration policy, with both candidates being asked to address the topic in the context of the need for farm labor and secure borders. Pakootas tossed off a line...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

Biden in Seattle

This pool report from Vice President Joe Biden's stop in Seattle, courtesy of Joel Connelly of the Seattle P-I, just in via smart phone: Vice President Joe Biden riffed from domestic violence to the minimum wage, from CEO salaries to infrastructure needs, as he raised...

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Biden in Renton

Vice President Biden is visiting Renton Technical College. Here's the latest pool report from his visit, courtesy of Jim Brunner of the Seattle Times: Vice President Biden entered a Renton Technical College machine shop shortly after 10:30 a.m., accompanied by U.S. Sens Maria Cantwell and...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

Biden in Seattle this week

Vice President Joe Biden makes a stop in Seattle this week for a speech at Renton Technical College the next morning. Biden will be campaigning for Democrats in California on Tuesday and in Oregon for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on Wednesday. He'll fly to Seattle...

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MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

Marijuana banking problems persist 

OLYMPIA -- The federal government is offering little help to banking institutions willing to set up accounts for legal marijuana operations, making it difficult to bring them out of an all-cash business that has higher risk of theft and money laundering. Instead, it has set...

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Last call for online voter registration

Today is the final day Washington residents can register to vote in the November election with the click of a mouse buttons and some key strokes. In other words, it's the final day for online voter registration. It is not the absolute, final, drop-dead deadline,...

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But will he dance `Gangnam Style' 

Former Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna will headline an Oktoberfest fundraiser in Spokane next month for state Sen. Michael Baumgartner. McKenna lost his bid for the governor's office two years ago but produced perhaps one of the campaign season's most memorable moments...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Warning: Light blogging ahead

Spin Control will be a bit less active for two weeks. The political staff in Spokane will be contributing items but primary writer Jim Camden is out of the office. In the meantime, here's an early reminder: You've got until Oct. 6 to sign up...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014

Nov election turnout prediction: 62 percent

OLYMPIA -- Slightly less than two out of three Washington voters are likely to cast ballots in the November general election, Secretary of State Kim Wyman estimated today. The 62 percent she's predicting is about twice the turnout of the August primary, but less than...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014


Spokane skywalk staircase comes down 

If a skywalk staircase comes down and no one's around to see it, does it make a sound? Okay, there were plenty of people to see it slowly get dismantled at the corner of Main Avenue and Howard Street, but we were a little disappointed...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

Cantwell to NFL: Give up 'Skins or tax break 

The NFL would lose its not-for-profit status, and millions of dollars, if the Washington Redskins don't change their names under a bill being introduced soon by Sen. Maria Cantwell. The Washington state Democrat joined the National Congress of American Indians in calling for the name...

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