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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014


This is a map of the turnout statistics in Spokane County after the votes were counted on election night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Spokane County turnout

Spokane County turnout currently stands at 35.5 percent, which isn't very good, but there are still plenty of ballots to count. But as the map above shows, it wasn't consistent across the county, with much lower turnout in many of the city of Spokane precincts,...

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Stevens County races largely lopsided

Voters in staunchly Republican Stevens County strongly supported Cathy McMorris Rodgers, voiced vehement opposition to a state initiative to extend background checks for gun purchases and cast most of their ballots for incumbents in Tuesday's races. The Stevens County Auditor's Office counted on Tuesday 7,700...

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this is a map of the election night totals for the Spokane County treasurer's race. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: Spokane county treasurer

In a pattern that became familiar in Tuesday's election, Republican County Treasurer Rob Chase carried most of the precincts outside of the city of Spokane, while Democratic challenger Amy Biviano won much of the city. For a better view of the results, click on the...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014

This is a map of the vote totals for the Spokane County commissioner's race on election night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: County Commissioner race 

In the Spokane County commissioner's race, challenger Mary Lou Johnson is winning the city of Spokane, and incumbent Al French is winning almost everything else. As the map of the Tuesday vote totals shows, Johnson did well inside the city limits of Spokane and some...

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This is a map of the election night tallies for the Spokane city park bond issue. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: How the park bond won

The Spokane park bond issue was passing handily around the city Tuesday night, picking up the needed 60 percent approval rating or better in most of the 137 precincts. As the map shows, it was getting a majority, although not the needed supermajority, in most...

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One in 3 WA ballots in so far 

One in three ballots in Washington state have been returned to county elections offices statewide. Spokane County is slightly better, at 39 percent. If you still have yours and are looking for a little help to make your final picks, scroll down to the last...

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Last-minute voter help

Washington voters who still have their ballots sitting on the counter may be searching for that last bit of information to help them decide how to mark the ballot on one particular race or ballot measure. Idaho voters may be trying to bone up before...

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2014

SUNDAY, NOV. 2, 2014

Sunday Spin: Centrist Spokane Valley?

CBS's Sunday Morning show repeated the rather questionable claim that the city of Spokane Valley is the most centrist city in the country, a ranking Spin Control first questioned last week and revisited in this morning's paper. For our look at this spurious ranking, click...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Late endorsements just in 

Spokane Mayor David Condon endorsed Ozzie Knezovich for sheriff, which is not hugely surprising but interesting for a couple of wrinkles. First Knezovich's main law enforcing area is outside the Spokane city limits and Condon has his own police chief for things inside those lines....

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Mock election results in 

Given a chance to vote on some items on this year's ballot, Washington students supported wider background checks for gun sales and smaller classroom sizes for themselves. The Secretary of State's office traditionally holds a mock election for students from kindergarten through high school, with...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014


Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers have final debate today 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas have their third and final debate today at the Lincoln Center. The debate is sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, a lineup that...

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Finalists for Huntington Park plaza

The city's plan commission recommended three names for the new plaza next to City Hall to the City Council this week, and the names reflect recent history and Native culture. The commission, which has been discussing the names since July, suggested naming the plaza after...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014


MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014


State, county lose round in PCB dispute

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant will need a new permit that measures the amount of a cancer-causing chemical it’s putting in the Spokane River, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled. Judge Eric Price agreed with a state Pollution Control Hearings Board...

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