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Spin Control archive for Jan. 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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SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014

Govs bet on Seahawks-Saints

OLYMPIA -- Add one more politicians' bet to the list of wagers over today's Seahawks-Saints game. Gov. Jay Inslee's office said today he has bet Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal that if the 'Hawks win, Jindal will donate 100 pounds of Louisiana seafood to a food…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

Not much church-state separation 

Newly appointed state Rep. Leonard Christian will take his oath of office Sunday during the morning service at New Life Church in the Spokane Valley. Christian was appointed this week to fill the seat left open by the retirement of Larry Crouse. The 2014 legislative…

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Daily Show tweets about WA pot biz rush

#TDSBreakingNews Washington State faces "too many pot growers" problem. In related news, Washington State wins award for "Best Problem". — The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) January 10, 2014 As reported earlier this week in Spin Control: OLYMPIA — Washington is seeing a green rush of sorts…

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Putting things on the line for the Seahawks

If it's playoff season, that can mean only one thing in politics: Elected officials from Washington will make bets with elected officials in other locales over the outcome of Saturday's game between the Seahawks and the Saints. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell made a…

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Signature of Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder. This one comes from a letter he signed on Nov. 26, 2013 to the CEO of Deaconess and Valley hospitals.

Snyder on signature: I'm left-handed

Yesterday, I asked readers to guess which Spokane leader uses this signature. It belongs to City Councilman Jon Snyder. The above example comes from this letter. Snyder claims the signature is simply a big J. Me: "Is it a backward J?" Snyder: "I'm left-handed." He…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

Midterm grades for Inland Northwest lawmakers

We're halfway through the 113th Congress, and legislative watchdog has handed down its marks for lawmakers based on multiple indicators of legislative success. Inland Northwest legislators had their fingers in several pieces of sweeping, high-profile federal legislation enacted in 2013, including an update to…

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Demand high for pot licenses

Applications for marijuana stores in Spokane County Applications for marijuana growing licenses in Spokane County OLYMPIA — Washington is seeing a green rush of sorts in marijuana, with far more people wanting to grow and sell the drug legally than the state will allow. State…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014

Shin retires from Senate

OLYMPIA -- Paull Shin, an Edmonds Democrat who served in the Senate since 1999, said today he will retire his seat immediately because of health problems. In a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee and his Senate colleagues, Shin said he was resigning "with the deepest…

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Pot applications continue to pour in

Applications for marijuana stores in Spokane County OLYMPIA -- Washington has many times more people who want to sell or grow marijuana that the state will allow, and all the applications have yet to be processed. The Washington Liquor Control Board today released the names…

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MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Stuckart relents on supermajority rule

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will soon be handing out duties to the city’s six other council members. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to give Stuckart the power to chose which members serve on what boards. But Stuckart abandoned his proposal…

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City decides water department needs leader

Spokane once again has a permanent leader for its water department. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously approved Mayor David Condon’s appointment of Dan Kegley as the water director. The city was without a water director from June 2012, when previous director Frank Triplett…

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Clean up your language, 2 senators told

OLYMPIA -- Two senators from Southwest Washington were admonished to use "professional, business language" and the caucuses should help members deal with "interpersonal conflict," a special Senate committee said today. Put in plainer language, Sen. Ann Rivers should not have called Sen. Don Benton a…

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Hill: No pay raise if budget is late

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Andy Hill has some ideas to speed up the budgeting process that may not endear him to his colleagues. Everyone else who waits on the Legislature to cobble together a budget might cheer them, however. The Redmond Republican who will repeat last…

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