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Spin Control archive for July 2014


Bipartisan Ex-Im Bank bill introduced in Senate 

Washington's two senators helped sponsor a bipartisan bill Thursday that would keep a major export program vital to the state from going out of business. But Congress, which starts a five-week recess this weekend, will have to use parliamentary shortcuts to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank…

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State wants to be part of pot ban cases 

OLYMPIA -- The Attorney General's office wants to get involved in a pair of lawsuits between pot businesses and cities that have banned them in an effort to "protect the will of the voters" who legalized the drug in 2012. Attorney General Bob Ferguson said…

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Gregoire gets Harvard fellowship 

OLYMPIA -- Former Gov. Chris Gregoire will be going to Harvard University in a program designed to inspire undergraduates to seek jobs in government and public service. Gregoire will be one of six resident fellows at the John F. Kennedy School of Government for the…

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Sit-lie protest draws few

Only two people actually sat at today's protest against Spokane's sit-lie ordinance, though one was in a wheelchair. The only other two protesters stood outside downtown's Spokane Regional Business Center to talk about why they believed the law targets the homeless. The law in question,…

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Chud Wendle joins McMorris Rodgers' local staff 

Spokane-native Chud Wendle has joined Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' local office as district director, the congresswoman announced this week. "I was intrigued from day one, by the challenges and opportunities this job would present," Wendle said. A member of the Wendle family that owns several…

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014

MONDAY, JULY 28, 2014

Bringing Nazis into the WA gun debate 

It's almost always a bad idea to make a reference to Nazis in any contemporary American political debate because it shifts the focus away from the issue at hand and onto the rightness or wrongness of the analogy. That's what's happening for opponents of Initiative…

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Last call for voter registration

Today (July 28) is the last day to sign up to vote in the primary for eligible Washington residents who aren’t yet registered. Who’s eligible? You’ll have to be 18 by Aug. 5, an American citizen, and not someone whose voting rights have been revoked…

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Sunday Spin: What will primary turnout be? 

OLYMPIA – With Washington’s primary a mere 10 days away, the big question – after who’ll survive and go to the general election, of course – is how many voters will bother to cast ballots. It’s a common question around the country, as a recent…

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

Eastern WA burn ban extended

OLYMPIA -- The ban on most outdoor and agricultural burning in 20 Eastern Washington counties was extended for another week. The ban, ordered last week by Gov. Jay Inslee, was set to expire at noon today. But with wildfires still burning east of the Cascades,…

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Court: Public records trump renters' concerns 

OLYMPIA – Renters who have been wrongly sued by their landlords can't have their names hidden in court records to prevent possible problems with finding future housing, the state Supreme Court said Thursday. Public interest in the judicial system outweighs renters' rights to privacy, a…

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Spokane County turnout nudges past 10%

Slightly more than 30,000 ballots for the Aug. 5 primary have been returned to the Spokane County elections office. That pushes turnout -- or turn in, to be more precise -- to about 10.5 percent countywide. County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the county is…

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Used practice targets left at League office

The League of Women Voters of Washington wants supporters of a gun-rights initiative to denounce the unknown group that left used targets at or near their office. But supporters of Initiative 591 called the incidents a "propaganda stunt" the good government group is milking to…

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Obama signs emergency declaration for fires

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration this morning that offers federal aid to Central Washington areas hard hit by wildfires. It authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in Chelan and Okanogan counties and on the Colville Reservation. Obama had promised…

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Inslee: FEMA aid to help restore power in fire areas

SEATTLE – The federal government will provide emergency assistance to help restore electricity in areas of Central Washington where wild fires have knocked out power, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. Inslee got a promise of emergency assistance that will include generators, replacing burned out lines…

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Spokane unemployment rate drops 

Spokane County's unemployment rated dropped by 1 percent in June, nearing the state average as it fell to 5.6 percent. The Washington Employment Security Department released its monthly unemployment report this morning, which shows unemployment in Spokane County at the lowest point since October 2008.…

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Inslee to brief Obama on fires 

Gov. Jay Inslee will brief President Obama on the fires in Central Washington as the two drive into Seattle this afternoon. Obama, Air Force One and the traveling White House press corps are due in to Boeing Field at mid-afternoon, and the president will motorcade…

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