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Spin Control Bob Morton archive

FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

Smith to replace Morton state Senate

John Smith, a Colville-area farmer and businessman, was appointed by Northeastern Washington county commissioners to replace Bob Morton, who retired at the beginning of the year from his post as 7th District state Senator. Click here to read colleague Mike Prager's coverage on the appointment....

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

5 seeking 7th District Senate seat

A county commissioner, a former legislator and a former legislative aide are among five applicants so far for an open state Senate seat in Northeastern Washington’s 7th District. The seat becomes open Jan. 1 when Sen. Bob Morton, a 22-year veteran legislator, retires halfway through...

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Kerns to seek state Senate seat

Josh Kerns, a former legislative aide and campaign manager, said today he'll apply for the open state Senate seat in Northeast Washington's 7th District. Kerns, 27, was a legislative aide during the last session to state Rep. John Ahern, managed the campaign of Ahern's replacement...

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MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012

Short won't seek Senate seat

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Shelly Short said this evening she will not seek the state Senate seat that will become open on Jan. 1 with the retirement of Bob Morton. Morton, a 22-year veteran of the Legislature, announced last week that he would retire halfway through...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 30, 2012

Kretz won't seek Senate seat, Short might 

OLYMPIA -- State Rep. Joel Kretz of Wauconda will not seek the 7th District Senate seat being vacated by Bob Morton, but seatmate Shelly Short said she is considering it. Morton announced this week that he will retire at the end of this year, leaving...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012

Sen. Bob Morton to retire

OLYMPIA -- Bob Morton, a conservative Republican who has served northeastern Washington's 7th District for 22 years, will retire from the Legislature at the start of next year. Morton announced today he will step down half way through his current term, setting the stage for...

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I'll take silly grandstanding for $800, Alex

OLYMPIA (AP) -- A state senator’s plan to split Washington in half is placing him in Double Jeopardy. Literally. The long-running quiz show “Jeopardy!” used a clue in Tuesday night’s show that mentioned Republican state Sen. Bob Morton. The Kettle Falls lawmaker has previously proposed...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

A dam good bill with some teeth in it

OLYMPIA -- Beavers making a nuisance of themselves in Western Washington could be relocated to Eastern Washington areas that need their help in damming streams, but the furry critters from Eastern Washington couldn't be shipped west under a bill approved Wednesday by the Senate. Seems...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 26, 2011

Legislative pay cut: Some say yes, some say no 

OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same level of pay cuts the imposed on state workers. That’s a level slightly better than legislators statewide. Many who have done it, like Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane,...

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