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Spin Control archive for Jan. 13, 2014

MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

New Spokane City Council casts first 4-3 votes

The new majority of the Spokane City Council flexed its muscles twice on Monday in the first 4-3 votes of the year. Both votes rejected nonbinding efforts to back a state Senate bill designating energy produced at the city’s Waste-to-Energy Plant as renewable. But council…

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Brian Dansel sits at his chair on the Senate floor on Day 1 of the legislative session after being sworn in and returning from an official trip to the governor's office to extend the invitation to deliver the state of the state address on Tuesday. (Jim Camden)

Dansel sworn in, sent to gov's office 

Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, at his desk on the Senate floor. OLYMPIA -- Brian Dansel, the Republic Republican elected to the Senate in November, was formally sworn in to the Senate with other new members Monday, then sent to the governor's office. It's not like…

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Christian gets committee assignments

Newly appointed Rep. Leonard Christian received his committee assignments Monday on his first day in the Legislature. Appropriations. Capital Budget. Government Operations & Elections. Labor & Workforce Development. He also attended his first Appropriations Committee hearing, where Chairman Ross Hunter assigned him to the front…

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OLYMPIA -- House Speaker Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, calls for a vote on the DREAM Act after opening the legislative session Monday. The bill passed 71-23. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1: House passes DREAM Act 

House Speaker Frank Chopp presides over the opening day of the session. OLYMPIA -- The House moved swiftly to reiterate its support for expanding college aid to qualifying students who aren't legal residents, passing the so-called DREAM Act less than an hour after the session…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee talks with TVW's Anita Kissee in the hallway outside the legislative chambers before the session starts Monday. (Jim Camden)

WA Lege Day 1:Session opens at noon

Gov. Jay Inslee talks with TVW's Anita Kissee before the session starts. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature returns to the Capitol for its 2014 session with caucuses in the morning and formal opening at noon. Opening days are often light on substance other than opening speeches.…

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