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Spin Control archive for Sept. 2014


But will he dance `Gangnam Style' 

Former Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna will headline an Oktoberfest fundraiser in Spokane next month for state Sen. Michael Baumgartner. McKenna lost his bid for the governor's office two years ago but produced perhaps one of the campaign season's most memorable moments...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Warning: Light blogging ahead

Spin Control will be a bit less active for two weeks. The political staff in Spokane will be contributing items but primary writer Jim Camden is out of the office. In the meantime, here's an early reminder: You've got until Oct. 6 to sign up...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014

Nov election turnout prediction: 62 percent

OLYMPIA -- Slightly less than two out of three Washington voters are likely to cast ballots in the November general election, Secretary of State Kim Wyman estimated today. The 62 percent she's predicting is about twice the turnout of the August primary, but less than...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

Pot may bring state $25 million by next July 

OLYMPIA — Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid 2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that money is spoken for and won't help the general fund. The estimates for taxes...

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Harvard poll:Most millennials could skip election  

The youngest segment of American citizens are none too excited about the upcoming mid-term elections, a new survey from Harvard University says. HeadCount, a group concerned about civic engagement, or the lack of it, by that segment -- dubbed Millennials by whoever is tasked with...

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Spokane skywalk staircase comes down 

If a skywalk staircase comes down and no one's around to see it, does it make a sound? Okay, there were plenty of people to see it slowly get dismantled at the corner of Main Avenue and Howard Street, but we were a little disappointed...

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Federal judge rejects Coe request for release

OLYMPIA — A federal judge in Tacoma turned down the latest request from convicted rapist Kevin Coe to be released from McNeill Island, where he is incarcerated as a sexually violent predator. He has exhausted one avenue of appeals, but still faces annual reviews by...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

Cantwell to NFL: Give up 'Skins or tax break 

The NFL would lose its not-for-profit status, and millions of dollars, if the Washington Redskins don't change their names under a bill being introduced soon by Sen. Maria Cantwell. The Washington state Democrat joined the National Congress of American Indians in calling for the name...

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Mager endorses Johnson in County Commission race

In an unsurprising move, former County Commissioner Bonnie Mager endorsed Democrat Mary Lou Johnson on Tuesday in her bid to unseat GOP incumbent Al French in the November election. Mager, who finished third in the August primary as an independent, served as a Democrat on...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

Condon restarts ambulance bid process 

Spokane Mayor David Condon said this morning he was re-issuing a call for bids on the city's ambulance contract after no competition emerged to challenge the firm that already provides the city’s emergency transportation. The new request for bids will strike a provision requiring an...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014

Sunday Spin2: Happy B-Day, Nat Anthem

Today is the bicentennial of what may be the most oft-sung song in the country. No, not “White Christmas.” Two hundred years ago, the dawns early light revealed the stars and stripes still flying above Fort McHenry near Baltimore, and Francis Scott Key, who was...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014

Sunday spin: So many constitutional experts

OLYMPIA – Standing in line at Safeway one evening last week, I was reminded that almost everyone considers themselves an expert in constitutional law. An irate shopper was unhappy that his total was more than the amount available on his bank card and a coupon...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014

Lyft and Uber are coming 

The Spokane City Council is preparing to change city law to allow "for-hire" drivers to do business in town. The law is aimed at new taxi-like services springing up around the country, namely Lyft and Uber. Read the draft operating agreement between the city and...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014

Some not-too-shocking endorsements

The Spokane County Republican Party has gone waaaaay out on a limb and endorsed three incumbent Republicans running for re-election to county office The party sent out a press release over the weekend that it is endorsing Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Treasurer Rob Chase...

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Sunday Spin: Gun inits duel over cop support 

OLYMPIA – Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here in Washington, the dueling gun initiatives are competing for the claim of “cops...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014



OLYMPIA -- Rich Hadley of the Washington Military Alliance talks with Gov. Jay Inslee at a meeting to announce the reformation of the group to help protect the state's defense installations. (Jim Camden)

Inslee approves group to protect WA military bases

Rich Hadley talks with Gov. Jay Inslee at the announcement of the reformation of the Washington Military Alliance. OLYMPIA – Protecting the jobs and economic stimulus from the many military installations in Washington is “a no-brainer”, Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday as he resurrected a...

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