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Spin Control: By any name, it’s a very hopeful scene

OLYMPIA – ’Tis the night before Christmas, plus about 18, and all through the statehouse not a creature is stirring with complaints about how Washington is waging war on the holiday. Thankfully.

Inslee, McKenna square off at Bing

The two leading candidates for Washington governor debated for the first time on Tuesday and agreed that new taxes aren’t needed to improve schools. But they disagreed on most other points, including education, in the hourlong debate at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane.

Spin Control: Both sides fuel up for critical Spokane debate

Spokane will be in the political limelight Tuesday as Washington’s first gubernatorial debate of the season takes the stage at the Bing Crosby Theater. The Association of Washington Business and Greater Spokane Incorporated are co-hosting the premier head-to-head between Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee at 3:30 p.m., the second debate on a two-event card. Two guys who want McKenna’s current job of state attorney general, Republican Reagan Dunn and Democrat Bob Ferguson, are the warm-up debate at 2 p.m.

Spokane to host Inslee, McKenna for governor debate

The likely Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will debate this June in Spokane. An on-again, off-again matchup of state Attorney General Rob McKenna and former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee in front of a major state business group appears on again, for good. The Association of Washington Business announced, and the campaigns confirmed, Inslee and McKenna will debate at the Bing Crosby Theater on June 12 as part of the group’s quarterly meeting, in an event co-sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated. As recently as Monday, the Inslee campaign was refusing to debate at that particular time and place, accusing the AWB of bad faith in announcing the event before all details were worked out.

Gregoire to set special session

CLE ELUM, Wash. – The state’s economic outlook is likely to get worse in the next two months. Until she knows how much worse, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she won’t call the Legislature into a special session until November. “It would be premature for me to call them back before the next forecast. They need to know how large the problem is,” Gregoire told about 250 business leaders gathered at the Suncadia Lodge for the annual “policy summit” of the Association of Washington Business.

Caldwell: I-1098 is not a business-friendly tax option

Nobody out here in Eastern Washington likes to admit it, but King County is the great trough from which most of the rest of us feed. Initiative 1098 is a great opportunity to increase our caloric intake.

Small businesses wrangle with health reform and what it means for them

Harris Mithoug said he had a simple solution to the challenges of life without health insurance: Don’t get hurt. The 31-year-old bartender at The Onion restaurant in Spokane did not for the five years he went uncovered – a lucky streak that ended with a hand fracture repaired on the dime of Premera Blue Cross, which insures his spouse.