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UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Spin Control: How to keep tabs on lawmakers, legislative issues from miles away

The Legislature begins its 2020 session Monday, and while the lawmakers will spend most of the next two months some 300 miles away, there are ways a person with a …

Spin Control: Tax votes aren’t an automatic no, this election showed

An article of faith among certain political “experts” says voters, given the chance, will always vote against taxes. But voters don’t automatically do so.

UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019

Hey, patriot, take our annual Independence Day trivia quiz

So you consider yourself a true American patriot, a Yankee Doodle Dandy? Then we’ve got a quiz for you.

Spin Control: Running for office? Great. Now listen up.

Spin Control reprises its eight rules for running for office for the 2019 crop of candidates.

Spin Control: Doing the budget the way it’s always done doesn’t make it the best way

Legislature pushes toward its deadline with closed budget negotiations, hasty tax hearings and late-night votes because “that’s the way we always do it.”

Spin Control: Recent proposal to ban abortion is a ‘hero’ bill

Bills introduced late in the session are sometimes “hero” bills. And that’s not really a compliment.

Spin Control: Senate committee airs out a cap-and-trade proposal for Washington

State law calls for Washington to reduce carbon pollution in the coming decades. It sets standards for how much, and how soon. It doesn’t say how.

Spin Control: What’s in store for 2019? Maybe this. Maybe not.

With 2019 stretching before us, Spin Control makes some predictions.

When’s Santa Claus comin’ to town? NORAD’s tracker can tell you

NORAD tracks Santa. You can watch on the Spin Control blog.

Answers to 12 Trivias of Christmas quiz

Here are the answers to Spin Control’s annual 12 Trivias of Christmas quiz.

Spin Control: Can’t join in any reindeer games? Try 12 Trivias of Christmas

To celebrate rather than castigate, Spin Control offers its annual 12 Trivias of Christmas, a tradition call for a seasonal halt to political wrangling.

Spin Control: Awards time for the highlights and lowlifes of the 2018 election

With most counting finished for the 2018 election and very few races still in doubt, it seems appropriate to pass out the awards for the highlights and lowlifes of the …

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018

Spin Control: Breaking with trend, campaign coffers relatively low in Spokane’s 6th District race

For many years, Spokane’s 6th Legislative District could be counted on for two things.

Spin Control: Campaigns ramp up as ballots hit the mail

With ballots in the mail, expect campaigning to ramp up and stay there for a couple of weeks.

UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018

Spin Control: Candidates can be relentless in the race for cash

Pleas for money fill up the inbox in campaign season.

Spin Control: Words of campaign advice for a new crop of candidates

Spin Control offers its annual advice to candidates entering the campaign.

Spin Control: The 2018 Legislature, by the numbers

A look at the numbers generated by 147 legislators in 60 days of the 2018 session

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018

Senate plan would block the public from some voter data

Senate Democrats want to take the month and day of a voter’s birthdate out of what the public can see in the state’s voter database. Here’s why I think that’s …

Spin Control: Somebody call the IT department

To err is human, Shakespeare said, but to really screw up takes a computer.

Spin Control: Tips for tracking the Legislature from across the state

Keeping up with the Legislature from Spokane can be difficult. We offer some suggestions to make it easier.

Spin Control: What’s ahead for the state of Washington in 2018? Jim Camden throws out a few possibilities

2018 may have some surprises, but also some variations on familiar themes.

Spin Control: ‘Necessity defense’ will have its day in court

Spokane has a long and colorful history of “taking it to the streets” on everything from the Wobblies free speech and labor demonstrations a century ago to more recent protests …

Millennials, internet aren’t source of nation’s polarization

Why I can’t blame millennials for a politically polarized country.

Spin Control: Elected officials sometimes do rely on the postman

Yes, elected officials actually do mail those letters they send to other elected officials.

Spin Control: Eyman’s suit falls flat

While much of the Northwest was trying on eclipse glasses and peeking carefully at the sun Monday morning, initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman was trying to convince a judge that voters …

Spin Control: Questions and answers about the not-so-special special session.

Questions and answers about the not-so-special special session.

Spin Control: A look at voters and turnout, by the numbers

Political geeks might rejoice in a new page on the Washington secretary of state’s website that provides a plethora of political numbers that can be fed into a spreadsheet and …

Spin Control: Education issues greet East Side business representatives

GSI visitors get firsthand view of education debate.

Spin Control: Politics on full display in first week of Washington legislative session

It didn’t take long for Washington’s Democratic governor and legislative Republicans to accuse each other of politics, which, of course, was completely unexpected for a legislative session in a major …

Spin Control: Moves afoot to change the Constitution

Changes to the constitution can come in two ways, but only one has ever been tried.