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Spin Control archive for April 2015

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015

WaLeg: Rep. Fagan faces ethics charges, will resign 

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Susan Fagan will resign Friday in the face of ethics violations that House officials have deemed "extremely serious." Fagan, a Pullman Republican, is accused of inflating the reimbursements she got for such expenses as mileage, using state resources for campaigning, and pressuring staff to change reports to inflate payments.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015


MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015

Sunday Spin: What's left undone in Olympia

OLYMPIA – There will be some well-deserved grousing for the next couple of days about the Legislature and the things it didn’t do. Chief among them, of course, is not passing budgets. Critics inside and outside the hallowed chambers will be right to say this is the Legislature's chief goal. But they'll be wrong to act all that surprised.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015


THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2015

WALeg Day 101: Campaign finance bill likely dead

OLYMPIA – A campaign finance reform that supporters said would shine light on “dark money” in politics appears dead after a procedural fight that suggested growing acrimony between the two caucuses in the Senate Wednesday. The Republican leader said the bill still needed study but its prime sponsor said "dark money found a way to kill the bill."

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2015

WaLeg Day 100: Aversion therapy bill likely dead 

OLYMPIA – A bill to ban therapies that try to change the sexual orientation of homosexual youths is likely dead for this legislative session. Although both chambers gave strong support to some different proposals that would ban certain therapies, the Senate refused Tuesday to go as far as the House and voted down an effort to keep talking.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015



THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2015


OLYMPIA -- Flags fly at half-staff on April 15 to mark the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's death. (Jonathan Brunt)

WaLeg Day 94: New ideas on public school funding

OLYMPIA -- Only 11 days left in the regular session, but that doesn't mean there are no new ideas floating around. Senate Democrats unveiled a trio of bills that would put more money into schools through a capital gains tax on the upper, upper income and rearrange the levy system. Senate Republicans may have a plan of their on in the afternoon.

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