Spin Control archive for May 2012

THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012

City union tentatively agrees to contract 

Spokane Mayor David Condon has reached his first tentative contract deal with a major city union. The Spokane Managerial and Professional Association mailed ballots to its 250 members this week on a proposed three-year contract, said Carly Cortright, the association’s president. The union’s leadership, which...

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Links to the court ruling on I-1183

OLYMPIA -- The state Supreme Court upheld Initiative 1183, a.k.a. get the state out of the booze business, on a 5-4 vote. (Here's a link to today's story.) Or maybe it's better described a 5-3-1 vote, because Justice Tom Chambers disagreed with the majority on...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2012

Mike Gregoire undergoes cancer surgery

OLYMPIA -- Mike Gregoire, husband of Washington's two term governor, is recovering from cancer surgery after colon cancer was discovered during a routine screening. Gov. Gregoire said in a statement her husband, who is 66, is still in the hospital but is expected to make...

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TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Speaking of convention speakers

OLYMPIA -- State Democrats and Republicans sparred today over the scheduled banquest speakers for their upcoming conventions, trying to one-up each other with digs at the incoming guests. Democrats invited Newark Mayor Corey Booker to address their assembled delegates for a Friday evening banquet. This...

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MONDAY, MAY 28, 2012

County awash in PCO candidates 

The most basic political position for either party is that of the Precinct Committee Officer, a job with no pay, limited authority, and the potential for significant demands on the office holder’s time. In theory, Democrats and Republicans should each elect a PCO for each...

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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012

SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2012

Sunday Spin: Be prepared as a voter

As candidates wander around their respective district, county or state looking for support, it’s up to us the voters to have an idea what to expect from them. They’re trying to cajole your vote with cheesy pictures in brochures or fancy camera work in commercial....

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FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2012

State to "monitor" gas prices 

OLYMPIA -- If your motor is racing because Washington's gasoline prices are going up, while most of the rest of the country's prices are going down, here's something that may tach it up further: There is now a state agency in charge of monitoring and...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

Charter school initiative filed 

OLYMPIA -- An initiative that would allow the state to form as many as 40 charter schools over the next five years was filed today with the Secretary of State in an effort to get the proposal on the November ballot. They would be "public...

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Parker again without challenger

So much for magical thinking. The Occupy Spokane activist who challenged state Rep. Kevin Parker's reelection bid already has dropped out of the race. Wayne Kyle Spitzer, a Democrat, confirmed today that he decided against running for Parker's 6th District House seat. He filed paperwork...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

Another legislator out: Pflug to take GMA Board slot

OLYMPIA -- The number of vacant seats in the Legislature continues to grow, as Sen. Cheryl Pflug accepted a gubernatorial appointment Monday to the Growth Management Hearings Board. Pflug, R-Maple Valley, represents the suburban King County 5th Legislative District, first elected to the House in...

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Spokane GOP challenges Roskelley run 

The Spokane County Republican Party plans to go to court this week in an effort to block the county commissioner campaign of Democrat John Roskelley. The county GOP filed a challenge to Roskelley's current voter registration on Friday, and asked Auditor Vicky Dalton to remove...

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SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2012


There's a reason it's called a political party

Washington’s Top 2 primary doesn’t just bring out a wealth of candidates. It brings out the creativity in some of those candidates as they list which party they “prefer.” Preference is a key part of the Top 2, because it doesn’t limit the general election...

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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012

A Filing Week tradition ends 

When the dust from candidate filing week settled at the close of business Friday, there were a few surprises in who is running for what. But the biggest surprise was who isn’t running. For the first time since 1996, a Spokane primary election ballot will...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Day 5 Filing Week: A long ballot for Aug. 7

OLYMPIA – Washington’s primary ballot got longer and more interesting before elections offices closed for filing Friday afternoon. Spokane-area ballots will have nine candidates for governor, eight for U.S. Senate, seven for secretary of state, six for lieutenant governor, five for a Spokane legislative seat,...

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Waite drops out, endorses Snyder

Downtown Spokane businessman John Waite said Friday that he has decided not to run for the state House afterall. Waite said earlier this month that he would run as a Democrat for the seat held by state Rep. Andy Billig, who is giving up his...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012


WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2012

Condon backs change to initiative process

Changes to the way citizens can sidestep elected leaders to pass their own laws received the endorsement on Wednesday of Mayor David Condon. But there will be more steps before the new rules become law if some citizens have their way. Ian Moody, a marijuana...

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State gets piece of Skechers settlement

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna says state residents shouldn't be taking advice from Kim Kardashian, at least not about shoes that supposedly help build you up without a trip to the gym. The state got a piece of the settlement between Skechers shoe manufacturers...

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