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Spin Control archive for April 2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

Flags going to half-staff for mudslide victims

OLYMPIA -- State agencies will lower flags on or outside their buildings to half-staff Tuesday to honor victims of the Oso mudslide, and keep them lowered through next Tuesday. Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the flag-lowering Monday afternoon for all state agencies and asked other governments,…

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OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom addresses a group from Spokane in January 2014. (Jim Camden)

Rodney Tom calls it quits 

Rodney Tom addresses a delegation from Spokane last January. OLYMPIA -- Rodney Tom, a Republican turned Democrat who joined with GOP members of the Senate to form a ruling coalition for the last two years, will not run for re-election this fall. Tom, currently the…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

McMorris Rodgers events next week 

Congress is taking time next week off from its crushingly exhaustive work schedule for members to return to their districts to meet with voters and possibly cut ribbons or hunt Easter eggs. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced two public events for the first part of…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

So can you find Ukraine on the map? 

A recent survey that shows most Americans can't find Ukraine on the map has been grist for the political pundit mill, as well as a funny bit from Stephen Colbert. But given Americans' general lack of geographic knowledge, was anyone surprised? After all, we've been…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014

Obama to tour mudslide April 22

(Editor's note: This is an update of the short story that first appeared this morning on the newspaper's website. It generated more than 100 comments there, and you can join the conversation by clicking here.) OLYMPIA — President Obama will make a stop in Washington…

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Political grades for WA and ID

OLYMPIA -- It must be time for mid-terms. A pair of political watchdog groups is giving out grades for the states. Washington is passing; Idaho may be headed for summer school. The Pew Charitable Trust released its biannual ratings on how the states handled elections.…

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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014

Problem for county pot growers 

Spokane County commissioners may have thrown a wrench into the plans of some would-be marijuana growers hoping to set up in unincorporated parts of the county. An interim zoning ordinance approved Monday says anyone growing recreational marijuana will have to be on at least eight…

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The new Goat Standard

By spending nearly a year meeting with neighborhood groups and others to develop an urban farming plan that addressed various concerns before bringing it to a final vote, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has created an unexpected new problem. Any plan on almost any…

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SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 2014

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2014

Inslee signs most of 'disappointing' budget 

OLYMPIA – The ink from his signature wasn’t even dry on the Legislature's current budget before Gov. Jay Inslee was challenging lawmakers to do more on their next one. Inslee signed the state’s supplemental operating budget, vetoing some elements such as a section that would…

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Drone bill vetoed 

OLYMPIA -- A proposal to regulate the use of drones by law enforcement and other agencies was vetoed Friday. Gov. Jay Inslee said the bill did not do enough to protect the public's right to privacy and raised questions about public records. In its place,…

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014

Education bill raises graduation requirements

OLYMPIA – Washington high school students will need 24 credits to earn a diploma, with an extra credit of math and science, starting in 2019. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday that legislators said will help give students a “meaningful diploma” increasing both the…

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 2014

Pot store lottery at the end of April

OLYMPIA – Washington will announce the winners of licenses for its first legal recreational marijuana stores at the beginning of May, after a complicated “double-blind” lottery is held at the end of this month. The first legal sales aren’t likely until the beginning of July,…

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TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014


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