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Spin Control archive for Jan. 2014

THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

Panel narrowly passes Reproductive Parity Act

OLYMPIA -- With a one-vote margin, the House Health Care and Wellness Committee passed a bill that would require most insurance companies to cover abortion if they cover maternity services. HB 2148, often called the Reproductive Parity Act was denounced by opponents like Rep. Shelly…

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Local legislators reaching out by phone

OLYMPIA -- While Spokane-area legislators are spending most of their time for the next two months in Olympia,some are are trying to keep in touch with constituents by shifting the standard "town hall meeting" from a place to a phone number. Republican Reps. Kevin Parker…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

No pot sellers on Google, TIME says

One more obstacle for Washington's budding marijuana industry to confront: You won't be able to advertise on Google or Facebook. That according to TIME, which says that even in Washington and Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal, Google and Facebook will not allow sellers…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Barring road art might not save much

OLYMPIA -- The state Transportation Department would be barred from spending highway construction money for art or special concrete designs on walls and bridges under a Valley legislator's bill. But that might not save much money to spend on other projects. The department said it…

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OLYMPIA -- Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, tells members of the March for Life on the steps of the state Capitol to continue the fight against legalized abortion. (Jim Camden)

Abortion foes fill Capitol mall

Rep. Matt Shea urges demonstrators for the March for LIfe to continue the fight against legalized abortion. OLYMPIA -- The annual March for Life brought several thousand demonstrators to the Capitol Tuesday, filling the north steps of the Legislative Building and the Temple of Justice.…

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The Shermanesque elevating of a spat

"Going Richard Sherman" might become the go-to phrase for someone who elevates trash-talking with a long-time adversary to a whole new -- and more public -- level. Consider this posting by Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick the city of Portland's website. Going Richard Sherman on…

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MONDAY, JAN. 20, 2014

WA Lege Day 8: Not a holiday in Olympia

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature meets today despite the state holiday for Martin Luther King Day. Not much floor action,but a full day of hearings on a potpourri of bills that include tougher rules for driving under the influence, changes to the state lottery, revised rules…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014

I-522 campaign rerun on GMO salmon bill

OLYMPIA – For a while, it seemed as though someone hit the rewind button Friday in the Legislature. Last year’s ballot battle over genetically modified food was being rerun in a hearing as some fishing groups called for a ban on re-engineered salmon and others…

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OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Floor Leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn, sports a Seattle Seahawks hood and scarf as he moves the Senate through the pro forma session Friday. A dress code that usually requires business attire on the Senate floor was relaxed to allow Seahawks jerseys and other paraphernalia or blue and green clothing. (Jim Camden)

Seahawks day at the Lege

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, sports Seahawks attire while leading the Senate through today's pro forma session. OLYMPIA -- It is Seahawks attire day in the Capitol, where Senators and staff were allowed -- actually encouraged -- to wear team attire or team colors and a…

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WA Lege Day 5: A smorgasbord of issues

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature has a smorgasbord of issues on its hearing schedule today. Genetically modified fish. Old convictions for tribal fishing protests. Ski lift safety. EPI pens. Sexually violent predators. Crooks in body armor. All those and more will be the subjects of bills…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014

Bill would make trash-generated power renewable

OLYMPIA – Electricity from the West Plains garbage incinerator would be classified as a renewable energy, and be more valuable to an electric utility, under a bill proposed by Spokane Sen. Mike Baumgartner. Spokane’s waste-to-energy plant should be designated as a renewable resource, Baumgartner told…

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Condon asks Police Guild for contract changes

Spokane Mayor David Condon is heeding the advice of Spokane City Council members who have pushed him to reopen contract negotiations with the Spokane Police Guild. The mayor and guild agreed to a tentative four-year labor contract last fall, but that deal was rejected by…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014

The state's pitch for the 777X

As mentioned elsewhere on the website, Washington's official pitch for the 777X names the West Plains as an alternative site for the assembly plant and describes all the good things the state has done and will do for Boeing. For those who want to delve…

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Medical pot proposal slammed in morning hearing 

OLYMPIA -- Medical marijuana patients bashed a proposal by state agencies to change current state laws on the drug as everything from unworkable to unconstitutional at a morning legislative hearing. Legislators also sharply questioned staff from the Liquor Control Board and the Department of Health…

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WA Lege Day 3: Lots of committee hearings

OLYMPIA -- The ceremonial beginnings of the Legislature now over, the honorables get down to the more mundane work: Committee hearings. There will be hearings on medical marijuana legislation at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. A bill on "knockout game" assaults at 1:30 p.m. Discussions…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

State of state at noon

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee delivers his "state of the state" address to a joint session of the Legislature at noon. Last month he signaled he's pushing for a "hold steady, get ready" budget for the short session. The road to "hold steady" could get…

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