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Spin Control Rodney Tom archive

MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom addresses a group from Spokane in January 2014. (Jim Camden)

Rodney Tom calls it quits 

Rodney Tom addresses a delegation from Spokane last January. OLYMPIA -- Rodney Tom, a Republican turned Democrat who joined with GOP members of the Senate to form a ruling coalition for the last two years, will not run for re-election this fall. Tom, currently the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

Inslee: Do more hard things. GOP: Be more specific.

OLYMPIA – Washington should raise its minimum wage, spend more on schools and highways, raise teacher salaries and do something about climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday. “We have done hard things. And we can do more,” the Democratic governor told a joint legislative...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013

Special Session 1 over. Special Session 2 ahead

OLYMPIA – The Legislature closed for about 17 hours overnight Tuesday – the amount of time between its ineffectual first special session and a second special session that some say could bring the state to a fiscal cliff. Gov. Jay Inslee criticized the largely Republican...

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Sunday Spin: On not negotiating in the media

OLYMPIA – Among the bromides passed off as great wisdom during this special session of the Legislature is that budget negotiators should not – nay, absolutely must not, and therefore do not – negotiate a budget in the media. This has been mentioned at various...

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MONDAY, MAY 13, 2013


GOP: We could still finish on time. Maybe.

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature might still finish on time Sunday, even though the House and Senate have two very different budget proposals and disagreements on some key policy issues, Republican leaders of the Legislature and the Democrat who heads up the Senate's majority coalition said...

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Becker: No vote on abortion coverage bill

OLYMPIA -- Supporters of the controversial Reproductive Parity Act say they have enough votes to pass it in the Senate, but they may not get the chance. The chairwoman of the committee that held a two-hour hearing on the bill said Monady afternoon she will...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013

OLYMPIA -- A cadet honor guard carries the state flag to the Senate rostrum prior at the start of a memorial service for former Gov. Booth Gardner. (Jim Camden)

Legislature honors Booth Gardner 

Cadet honor guard carries the state flag to the Senate rostrum during joint session to honor Gardner. OLYMPIA – With his family in the gallery and flags outside lowered to half-staff, Booth Gardner was eulogized Friday in the Senate chamber where he once served, as...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

OLYMPIA-- Gov. Jay Inslee explains his Working Washington Agenda plan to increase jobs at a press conference. (Jim Camden)

Inslee releases jobs package

Gov. Jay Inslee explains his Working Washington Agenda Wednesday. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee added some specifics to his campaign themes of generating more jobs in key industries, releasing a package Wednesday of tax breaks and spending projects designed to train workers and cut unemployment....

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013

WA Lege Day 26: Parity Bill hearing canceled

OLYMPIA -- A hearing on a proposal to require insurance companies to cover abortion services if they cover live births was cancelled this morning, a few days after the committee chairman said he would hear the bill even though he didn't support it. The Reproductive...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

Could abortion bill split Senate coalition?

OLYMPIA -- A bill that would require parental notification when a woman under 18 seeks an abortion in Washington could divide the Senate's "majority coalition" intent on passing bills on jobs, budget and education. The notification bill, with strong support from Senate Republicans opposed to...

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee shows off the changes to the governor's office, including a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: We can stop 'leakage' on legal pot

Inslee shows off the decorating changes in the governor's office, which include a portrait of Abraham Lincoln given to him by his father-in-law, a Republican. OLYMPIA -- State officials are trying to convince the federal government they can keep legally grown pot from making its...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2011

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