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Spin Control archive for April 2014


Spokane pot businesses could bank on credit union

OLYMPIA -- Numerica Credit Union is the first financial institution in the state willing to accept clients whose business is recreational marijuana, the Washington Liquor Control Board was told Wednesday. But only for Spokane area businesses, Becky Smith, the board's marijuana licensing manager, said: “They…

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State to dispensaries: Pay your taxes

OLYMPIA – The state Revenue Department is stepping up efforts to make medical marijuana dispensaries pay their taxes. After more than two years of “educational outreach” designed teach medical marijuana businesses that they must register with the state and pay taxes, the department says in…

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Stuckart to seek re-election next year

Spokane City Council Chairman Ben Stuckart is already making plans for next year's election, saying today he will seek another term in his current position. Stuckart, currently part of a liberal/progressive/Democratic majority on the council, had been rumored as a potential candidate for mayor against…

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Inslee looks for ways to cut carbon emissions 

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee appointed a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce carbon emissions as part of an executive order that attempts to find ways to fight climate change. At a speech at Shoreline Community College Tuesday, Inslee outlined goals…

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Coming today: Climate change, school plan

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to announce the next steps in his plans for Washington state to fight climate change during a speech this morning at Shoreline Community College. A joint legislative committee is scheduled to adopt the official response to the state…

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014



District 81 official fined for campaign activity 

OLYMPIA -- A top official from the Spokane School District was fined $500 today for improperly using the district's resources to support ballot measures in 2009 and 2012. Mark Anderson, the district's associate superintendent for School Support Services, agreed to a settlement with the state…

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Board likely to ban pot home-delivery 

OLYMPIA — Recreational marijuana purchases in Washington will be take-out but not delivery, proposed new rules say. The Liquor Control Board, which is overseeing the establishment of the state's legal marijuana system, appears likely to ban home-delivery of the drug along with several other tweaks…

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Marine One flies over the site of the March 22 mudslide taking President Obama to Oso on April 22. (AP)

Obama in Oso: Reports from the pool

Marine One flies over the site of the March 22 mudslide taking President Obama to Oso. AP PHOTO President Obama stopped in Washington state on his way to Asia, landing in Everett and traveling to Oso to see the devastation of last month's mudslide and…

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Earth Day, from 2 perspectives 

At Spin Control, we get a wide range of suggestions from e-mail, Twitter and Facebook on a wide variety of topics most days. But seldom do we get something with such a sharp dichotomy on the topic of the day, which is Earth Day. We…

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

McMorris Rodgers makes 2014 bid official 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers made her re-election campaign official Monday, announcing she’ll seek a sixth term in the House of Representatives. The announcement is primarily a formality because the Spokane-area Republican has been raising money almost since the 2012 election ended and already has collected some…

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Pot store lottery begins

OLYMPIA -- The lottery for Washington's limited supply of recreational marijuana shops began today and will continue through the beginning of next month. But don't expect any snappy video shots of bouncing balls in a cage, which the state's other Lottery features. It's called a…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

State, feds nix each others Hanford plans

OLYMPIA — Washington rejected the U.S. Energy Department's latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The federal government, in turn, rejected the state's counter offer, setting up the prospect that they could be headed back to court with their…

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WA to US: Hanford plan's a no-go

OLYMPIA -- Washington is rejecting the U.S. Energy Department's latest plan for the cleanup of leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. In a letter today to the Justice Department, Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the proposal DOE made last moth…

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Shea says feds making war on rural U.S.

YouTube video by Gavin Seim The federal government has declared “war on rural America” with its rules and regulations on land use, a Spokane Valley legislator said in the wake of last week’s standoff between a Nevada rancher and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.…

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