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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

In this corner ...

The gloves are off in the 6th legislative district Senate race. After trading jabs for the past few months, Republican incumbent Michael Baumgartner and Democratic challenger Rich Cowan now are pummeling each other in a series of back-and-forth sound bites and other insults triggered by...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014

But will he dance `Gangnam Style' 

Former Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna will headline an Oktoberfest fundraiser in Spokane next month for state Sen. Michael Baumgartner. McKenna lost his bid for the governor's office two years ago but produced perhaps one of the campaign season's most memorable moments...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014

"A country run by idiots"

Audience comments during the Spokane City Council’s debate over adding gender identity to local civil rights protections were at times so graphically vile that Councilman Jon Snyder suggested it was evidence of why the ordinance is necessary. Former state Rep. John Ahern, for example, warned...

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MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014

The new Goat Standard

By spending nearly a year meeting with neighborhood groups and others to develop an urban farming plan that addressed various concerns before bringing it to a final vote, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has created an unexpected new problem. Any plan on almost any...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014

Has the Dream of the '90s found its way to Spokane? 

Spokane's latest push to expand urban farming opportunities had at least one councilman wondering if TV sketch comedians Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein might be lurking nearby. "Sometimes when I'm reading this ordinance I feel like I've landed in an episode of "Portlandia,'" Councilman Mike...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

Racist heckler flips off immigration activists

Activists trying to rally support for immigration reform outside Spokane City Hall got a rude welcome to the Inland Northwest this morning. A young man walked briskly past the ongoing news conference and, with TV cameras rolling, muttered, "Go back to Mexico." He then continued...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

SPD detective files for run against Knezovich

Last week’s off-year election isn’t even certified yet, and now 2014 already is heating up. Spokane police Detective Doug Orr is gearing up for a run against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Orr, who also serves as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Gonzaga University, has filed...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2012

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012

McMorris Rodgers to appear on "Meet the Press" 

If you tune in to NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend, you’ll see a familiar face from the Inland Northwest getting some network air time. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican serving as vice chair of the House GOP Conference, will be among...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012

Democrats target Romney

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and possibly Congressman Ron Paul, are getting some help in their bids for the GOP presidential nomination from an unusual source: The Washington State Democratic Party. The state party is targeting GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney with a blitz in advance...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

McMorris Rodgers gives GOP prebuttle 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, gave Fox News a preview of the GOP's rebuttle to tonight's expected themes in President Obama's State of the Union address. The congresswoman from Spokane took repeated shots at Obama's rejection of the...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 8, 2011

White House nominates Verner for board post

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will be nominated by President Obama to serve on the board of a Washington-based nonprofit group dedicated to helping make the nation's buildings safer and more efficient. Verner, who would serve on the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Directors,...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2011

Idaho's open primaries ruled unconstitutional

This just in -- Idaho's open primary elections were ruled unconstitutional today by a U.S. District Court judge. Check out Eye on Boise, the SR's political blog for Idaho, for continuing coverage and a copy of the ruling. The open primaries were challenged by the...

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