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    State starts biting into candy revenue

    It's opening day for Washington state taxing the candy before it goes into a kid's mouth. Northwest writer Mark Trahant has fun with that and other news.

    Ever since Twitter started to catch on, Northwest writer Mark Trahant has been fascinated with the challenges and opportunities of communicating in 140 characters. He once taught a university course about Twitter and democracy, and he writes a more-or-less daily rhyme off the news on Twitter.

    The rhyme, which he started while he was editorial page editor of the old Seattle Post-Intelligencer, is called NewsRimes4Lines and has a quite respectable 1,500-plus followers. His latest piece is about the introduction today (June 1) of Washington state's candy tax, one of several approved by the legislature and Gov. Chris Gregoire to soften the state's budget shortfall:

    WA legislators think it's dandy
    levying a tax on candy
    starting today June the First
    or as kids say June the worst.

    Joe Copeland is political editor for Crosscut. You can reach him at Joe.Copeland@crosscut.com.

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