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Bloem, Verner To Bell Ring

Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem, left, and Spokane Mayor Mary Verner have challenged each other to see whose city can raise the most money to help support their community. Each Mayor will be hosting a Salvation Army Red Kettle at a participating Fred Meyer location this Saturday, from 9am-8pm. Kettles will be tallied mid-day, and the city with the highest grossing kettle at the end of the day wins. Mayor Sandi Bloem is scheduled to staff the Red Kettle at Fred Meyer in Coeur d'Alene from 9am to 11am, and will also be visiting her kettle throughout the day. The remaining hours will be staffed with Salvation Army Advisory Board members, community volunteers, and/or paid workers. Mayor Mary Verner is scheduled to staff the Red Kettle at the Thor/Freya Fred Meyer in Spokane from 10am to 11am. The remaining hours will be staffed with community volunteers and/or paid workers/Salvation Army Kroc Center news release. More here.

Question: Who do you think will win? Why?

GOP Spent $63,000 On Spokane Race

Washington State Republican Party poured at least $63,000 into the campaign of victorious Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon in the closing days of the race, helping to defeat incumbent Mary Verner. Although the office is non-partisan, Condon has extensive ties to GOP politicians, while Verner has ties to Democrats. Verner is crying foul about the big contributions from the GOP, calling them a “turning point” for local politics in the state's second largest city/KXLY. More here.

Question: Can you blame Spokane Mayor Mary Verner from crying, “Foul”?

Verner Blasts Partisanship, Concedes

On her Facebook page, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner complained about the politicizing of this year's election. Sound familiar? Quoth: “This year was a turning point for the way campaigns are conducted in Spokane. Mine was a grassroots campaign with a small army of volunteers, over 1,000 individual donors, over 400 confirmed endorsers, and over 5,000 social media friends and fans working hard for many months to share my accomplishments and plans for Spokane. David Condon’s race for a non-partisan local office was woven into a larger partisan domination strategy with out-of-town consultants, push polls, and shrewd positioning of issues in collaboration with media mouthpieces.” More here.

Question: Why did Mayor Verner take so long to concede?

Verner Seeks Police Investigation

The entire Spokane Police Department could soon be under full federal investigation. Outgoing Mayor Mary Verner announced Monday she will ask the U.S. Justice Department to launch a “pattern and practice” investigation of the department, which federal prosecutors described earlier this month as participating in an “an extensive cover-up” of the fatal 2006 police confrontation with unarmed janitor Otto Zehm. A jury on Nov. 2 convicted Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. of using excessive force on Zehm and lying to cover up his actions. “The public must trust its law enforcement institutions,” Verner said in prepared remarks. “This outside view can help identify our faults and rebuild trust.” Verner declined further comment Monday at City Hall/Thomas Clouse, SR. More here.

Question: Can you imagine a police department in Idaho trying to get away with the things that the Spokane Police Department does?

CC: Snowplows Free Us At Last!

The problem, as I see it, is that Queen Mary is unable, for whatever reasons, to manage the union plow and grader drivers. It is readily apparent sitting on her throne in City Hall, she is unable to ascertain the true conditions of the residential streets after a snow fall. One suggestion from several others is perhaps Queen Mary should get out of City Hall more often and simply follow one of the city plow drivers around, as always in the interest of keeping them honest/Community Comment. More here.

Question: Anyone live in a community that performs as badly as Spokane in removing snow from streets?

Parting Shot — 8.10.10

On colleague Jesse Tinsley’s Facebook page, Jesse posts this photo of Spokane Mayor Mary Verner at the opening of a skate park in the Lilac City. He writes: “Mary Verner, center, mayor of Spokane, along with her grandkids, takes in the view of the new skate park at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex, which opened today.” Jesse also explains that tattoo surrounding the skater’s belly button, to the right of the mayor: “It’s a jelly doughnut that says ‘thickness.’”

Parting Shot — 2/25/09

Nineteen-year-old Josh Ogle has gained fame this week as a youtube video of him rapping with Spokane Mary Verner took off on the Internet. Ogle was homeless for three years, and Verner wrote the song for a fund-raiser in December. The two have performed it four times. See YouTube video here. And: Story here. (Courtesy Keith Currie Photography) SR Today In Photos here.

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner Raps

Do you think Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem could hold her own in a rapping contest against Spokane Mayor Mary Verner?

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