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Spin Control archive for March 2014


Racist heckler flips off immigration activists

Activists trying to rally support for immigration reform outside Spokane City Hall got a rude welcome to the Inland Northwest this morning. A young man walked briskly past the ongoing news conference and, with TV cameras rolling, muttered, "Go back to Mexico." He then continued…

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Legislature 'apologizes' for salmon wars

OLYMPIA -- Native Americans who were arrested and jailed for"off-season" fishing in tribal waters before a federal judge ruled they were within their treaty rights are getting the legislative version of an apology. A unanimous Senate approved and sent to Gov. Jay Inslee a bill…

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Another predator tangles with Shelby 

Last year we brought you the story of Shelby, the dog who showed up at a Senate hearing in support of a bill to make it easier for landowners to fight off wolves attacking their livestock and pets. The six-year-old Siberian Husky mix didn't speak,…

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Murray questions OMB head about Hanford cuts

WASHINGTON - Sen. Patty Murray continued her criticism of President Obama's proposed cuts for cleanup of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, taking his budget director to task at a hearing of the Senate Budget Committee which she leads. Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Office of Management…

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House passes budget with teacher raises 

OLYMPIA — In a prelude to end-of-session budget negotiations, the House dumped the Senate's no-new-taxes budget that extended some tax loopholes for businesses, replacing it with a plan to spend an extra $140 million on education and other programs, partly by raising several taxes. Democrats…

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Senate passes Palouse Falls designation 

OLYMPIA -- A plan to name Palouse Falls the official state waterfall passed the Senate and was sent to Gov. Jay Inslee this afternoon. On a 46-3 vote, a plan devised by students at Washtucna Elementary School cleared its last legislative hurdle and seems likely…

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Senate: No tax breaks for pot

OLYMPIA -- A unanimous Senate voted to bar tax breaks for the state's fledgling marijuana businesses. On a 47-0 vote, it passed SB 6505, which says the state's new marijuana entrepreneurs who have filed for licenses to grow, process and sell recreational marijuana won't be…

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Committee votes to close 4 tax breaks

OLYMPIA -- Bottled water would carry the standard sales tax and out-of-state shoppers would have to apply for a refund of taxes they pay at the register under a proposal approved this morning by the House Finance Committee. On an 8-5 party-line vote, the panel…

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E-cigarette tax passes committee 

OLYMPIA -- Washington could levy a 75 percent tax on e-cigarettes under a proposal narrowly approved this morning by the House Finance Committee. On a 7-6 vote, the committee approved a plan to tax the mixture of nicotine, flavoring and water vapor despite objections from…

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Senate panel OKs state pot biz mega-committee

OLYMPIA – Facing a wide range of challenges for allowing different forms of legal marijuana, the Senate budget panel voted to set up a 22-member committee board to try to work things out. The proposed State Cannabis Industry Coordinating Committee would have four legislators, representatives…

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Hill: Lobbyists get "a hall pass"

OLYMPIA -- Faced with 16 bills up for a hearing and 27 that need a vote in executive committee, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Andy Hill suggested lobbyist stay seated, and quiet. "You can tell your employers I said you couldn't testify," Hill said…

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WA Lege Day 50: Ten days left

OLYMPIA -- A day of floor votes expected today -- and possibly the evening -- with only the Senate Ways and Means Committee scheduled to meet this afternoon. With only 10 days left in the session, that suggests the spillways will be opening for legislation…

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Say what?

Kids may say the darnedest things, as Art Linkletter once insisted. But folks at legislative hearings can be a close second. This week’s best description came from an opponent of a plan to raise taxes on vaporized nicotine, or e-cigarettes. Vaping, as it is sometimes…

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