Spin Control archive for June 2010

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2010

Murray v. Rossi on Petraeus 

As expected, the Senate confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the commander in Afghanistan.Also as expected, Petraeus became a bone of contention in Washington state's U.S. Senate campaign, although not from the candidates themselves.U.S. Sen. Patty Murray voted for Petraeus (as did everyone else in the...

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Shameless plug: Vestal weighs in on Idaho GOP

In case you missed it, elsewhere on The Spokesman-Review Web site is a good hard look by Shawn Vestal at the new Idaho Republican state platform approved by the state convention last week."Idaho just turned purple..." Vestal opines. It's a look at what's conservative and...

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Dorn apologizes (sort of) for Cliff Lee comparison

OLYMPIA -- State Schools Superintendent Randy Dorn is sorry he compared his salary to Mariners' pitcher Cliff Lee's salary last week.Which isn't too surprising, considering he's been taking flak for it for the last week on talk radio and elsewhere. It probably doesn't help that...

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Gregoire, other govs repeat call for Medicaid money

OLYMPIA -- Chris Gregoire and other governors from around the country are in Washington, D.C., asking, cajoling, lobbying, pleading (pick one) with Congress to approve more money for Medicaid payments.They held a joint press conference about 11 a.m. PDT, reiterating what they've already repeated, that...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Candidate says he's back in the running 

A day after announcing an end to his campaign, David Elton says he's back in the running for Spokane County Commission.On Monday, Elton wrote a news release announcing his departure from the race. Today, he told a Spokesman-Review reporter that he'll still be a candidate...

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Verner will sign ombudsman ordinance

UPDATE: City Spokeswoman Marlene Feist said this afternoon that Verner will sign the ordinance. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Tuesday that she supports the "overall intent" of the police oversight ordinance approved by City Council and "likely" will sign it.She added, however, that she still...

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Candidate drops bid for county commission

David Elton, a civic gadfly and former radio show host, announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for Spokane County Commission.Elton had filed to run as a Republican for the seat held by Democrat Bonnie Mager. Elton faces harassment charges related to e-mails he...

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MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010

Drop that bag. Move away from the bread.

The City of Spokane is asking -- actually, it's sort of pleading, sort of demanding -- that people stop feeding the ducks at Manito Pond.City Parks and Recreation has put up signs to that effect. It has issued press releases and public announcements that feeding...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

FRIDAY, JUNE 25, 2010

Rossi puts up new Web site

About a month after officially getting into the race, Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi unveiled a new campaign Web site Friday. One that has more than the video of him announcing his campaign and a chance to sign up for Twitter, Facebook or campaign contributions.It's...

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Tucker, Bugbee get dual endorsement 

Republican voters looking for a little help on the Spokane County prosecutor primary are going to have to do a bit more than just scan the endorsements the candidates list.After a forum last Monday, the Republicans of Spokane County decided to make a dual endorsement...

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Poll: Murray, Rossi still tied 

Patty Murray and Dino Rossi are tied in the latest Rasmussen Reports poll, each with 47 percent of the people responding to automated calls on June 22.A month ago, Rasmussen had the race at 48 percent Murray, 47 percent Rossi -- which means there's been...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010

Tree advocate nominated for Spokane Park Board 

An advocate for improving the city's urban forest has been nominated by Mayor Mary Verner to serve on the Spokane Park Board.Susan M. Ross Traver, a board member of Spokane Preservation Advocates, was selected from a dozen people considered for the job, said Marlene Feist,...

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Income tax may be ballot-bound

OLYMPIA -- Supporters of an initiative to put an income tax on people who make more than $200,000 may have the signatures to make the Nov. 2 ballot.The Initiative 1098 folks have informed the Secretary of State's office they'll be bringing in an estimated 325,000...

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Gregoire: We gotta budget differently

Gov. Chris Gregoire answers a question during a press conference Thursday. Staff photo by Jim CamdenOLYMPIA -- Facing a shortfall of $3 billion in the next biennium, the state has to come up with a new way of writing budgets, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.She...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2010

The big wallets in the initiative campaigns

OLYMPIA -- The first ballot initiative turned in its petitions today, which may be the first of about a half dozen that will be rolling in to the Secretary of State's office between now and July 2.Initiative 1100 collected about 390,000 signatures in 27 days,...

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Staff for the Secretary of State's elections office begin counting petitions for I-1100 turned in June 23, 2010. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Let the counting begin

Staff from the Secretary of State's elections office begins counting petitions for Initiative 1100 brought in Wednesay afternoon. (see post below) Staff photo by Jim Camden

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I-1100 turns in petitions to change liquor rules

Glenn Avery of Modernize Washington wheels boxes of signed petitions into the Secretary of State's office. Staff photo by Jim CamdenOLYMPIA -- Supporters of Initiative 1100 turned in what they estimate are 390,000 signatures on their petitions for a ballot measure to privatize liquor sales....

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Today's fun video: Huckabee on Palin and pot 

Former Arkansas governor turned presidential candidate turned Fox News contributor Mike Huckabee talks about former Alaska governor turned vice presidential nominee turned Fox News contributor Sarah Palin and pot.He makes a joke, it falls flat. Huchabee should definitely not quit his day job to do...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010


Shogan says council will delay ombudsman vote 

It's past midnight here at the Spokane City Council. City Council President Joe Shogan recently announced that there will not be a vote tonight (or more accurately, this morning) about providing ombudsman the power to conduct independent investigation. But testimony is continuing. So far, a...

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