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Spin Control Jon Snyder archive

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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FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

Signature of Spokane City Councilman Jon Snyder. This one comes from a letter he signed on Nov. 26, 2013 to the CEO of Deaconess and Valley hospitals.

Snyder on signature: I'm left-handed

Yesterday, I asked readers to guess which Spokane leader uses this signature. It belongs to City Councilman Jon Snyder. The above example comes from this letter. Snyder claims the signature is simply a big J. Me: "Is it a backward J?" Snyder: "I'm left-handed." He...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 24, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 9, 2013

Results don't change in futile Ahern recount 

A recount that couldn’t change the winner also didn’t change the vote totals. Last week, Spokane City Council candidate John Ahern paid to have a partial recount in his race against incumbent Jon Snyder. Ahern, a former state representative, lost the race by 5,669 votes...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 3, 2013

Ahern: Race against Snyder not over yet 

Former state Rep. John Ahern, who lost his race against incumbent Councilman Jon Snyder by a nearly 2-to-1 margin is questioning how he could have performed so poorly. Ahern is requesting a partial recount in the race just to "double-check" the accuracy of the ballot...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 27, 2013

Today's fun video: Snyder says "Thanks"

City Councilman Jon Snyder borrowed a bit -- OK, he kind of outright stole -- from "Vision Quest" to say thanks to supporters for his re-election. But he acknowledged it on the video. "Snyder Quest" features the councilman and his bike, has good shots of...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6, 2013

FRIDAY, NOV. 1, 2013

PAC backing Snyder, Mumm missed filing deadlines 

The flood of money into Spokane City Council races is accompanied by campaign accusations flowing to the state agency that oversees election spending. In the last week at least four complaints have been filed with the state Public Disclosure Commission about Spokane races. In the...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 29, 2013

Candidates John Ahern, left, and Jon Snyder debate each other on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at KSPS's Studio in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Fire District safe from Ahern

In the KSPS debate that aired earlier this month on KSPS City Council candidate John Ahern spoke in confusing terms about the area served by the city's Fire Station No. 9 on the South Hill. So confusing, apparently, that Spokane County Fire District No. 9...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

City Hall Scoop: Foot bridges and vegetated roofs 

There were enough members for a quorum, but the dais was a bit spare at Monday's regularly scheduled Spokane City Council meeting. Councilman Jon Snyder, acting as council president pro tem in Ben Stuckart's stead, politely led the charge through the hour-long meeting. Councilman Mike...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7, 2013

Stuckart 1, Condon 0

It shouldn’t be any surprise that Candace Mumm topped all the candidates for Spokane’s Northwest City Council seat. Her two main opponents lean Republican and were bound to split the vote. Topping 50 percent in a four-way race, however, is a win of sorts for...

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TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013

Waldref cruises to Bloomsday win 

Congratulations to Councilwoman Amber Waldref, this year's top Bloomsday finisher among elected leaders (at least among those whose time we checked). She easily beat out the rest of her City Council cohorts, though in defense of the others, she is the youngest elected official we...

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2013

Spokane legalizes pot possession 

Following the lead of state voters, the Spokane City Council on Monday legalized the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 and up. Councilman Jon Snyder, who has led the effort on the City Council to consider the impacts to the...

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MONDAY, JAN. 28, 2013

MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

Council adopts Condon's budget in predictable split

Spokane’s city government is shedding 92 jobs. The Spokane City Council on Monday voted 4-3 to freeze the city general fund budget, largely accepting the recommendations of Mayor David Condon. Condon proposed a $161 million general fund, which pays for police, fire, parks, libraries and...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2012

Council will consider repeal of beer restrictions 

The West Central Neighborhood Council wanted restrictions on the sale of high-octane beer and now it doesn’t. But while council members used the council’s support as a reason to create a voluntary Alcohol Impact Area in West Central, the neighborhood’s change of heart won’t make...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2012

This is a map of the 3rd District House race, based on the numbers from election night (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: 3rd District House race 

Marcus Riccelli is comfortably in first place in the 3rd District House race, but three candidates are bunched up in the race for second place and a spot on the general election ballot. As this map shows, Riccelli owes his first place standing to doing...

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Thousands left to count in Spokane House race

About 24,000 people voted in Spokane's 3rd Legislative District in Tuesday's primary election, according to election statistics that include ballots received in today's mail. So far, about 17,000 of those votes have been counted. That means the second-place battle for state House among Democrats Bob...

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Intriguing possibilities for Spokane House race 

After an intense three-month campaign, the race for a state House seat representing central Spokane only revealed the first- and last-place finishers. The three candidates in between will have to wait at least through the end of the week – and perhaps through a round...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2012

Sunday Spin: Appealing to the geeks 

Politicians are always looking to expand their base, even when they divide the electorate into different groups. Business owners. Union members. Blue collar workers. Soccer moms. Seniors. College students. John Waite is offering some political training next week to a segment he believes is generally...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

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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SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2012

Filing week is nearly here. Candidates take note

Everyone thinking about running for political office this year, take note: You have less than a week to make up your mind. Everyone talking about running and acting like they’re already a full-fledged candidate, take note: It’s not official until you file your paperwork and...

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