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Spin Control Mike Allen archive

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

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, 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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MONDAY, JAN. 6, 2014

Stuckart relents on supermajority rule

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will soon be handing out duties to the city’s six other council members. The Spokane City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to give Stuckart the power to chose which members serve on what boards. But Stuckart abandoned his proposal...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6, 2013

FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2013

Allen, Salvatori call on Fagan to apologize 

A majority of the Spokane City Council is calling on Councilman Mike Fagan to apologize for the letter he signed calling Gov. Jay Inslee "a lying whore." The council's three Democratic-leaning members issued a statement condemning Fagan's letter this morning. Now two of the council's...

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MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012

Council adopts easier-to-enforce noise law

Testimony at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting included the sounds of William Cruz on guitar and trumpet as some downtown buskers argued against proposed noise restrictions. But Spokane City Council members said the new rules, which they approved 6-1, protect free speech while making the...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2012

Condon undecided on gay marriage resolution

Spokane Mayor David Condon said Monday that he still is considering what his position will be on the two hottest topics for next week's City Council meeting. Those issues are Councilman Jon Snyder's resolution in support of the state's gay marriage law and Councilman Mike...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

Allen wins second count, but a third awaits 

Former Councilman Mike Allen's lead over incumbent Richard Rush grew by three to 91 on Wednesday after a recount of the Spokane City Council election for the city's south district. The race was recounted by machine because the result from the first count was within...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Recounts moved to Wednesday 

Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said this afternoon that sorting ballots for recounting took longer than expected. Therefore, the Spokane City Council recount between Richard Rush and Mike Allen and the 4th Legislative District Senate race between Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden won't start...

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

Recounts start Tuesday

Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they need to complete to finish work from the November election. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the office plans to count the ballots from the Spokane City...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Baxter pays for recount 

Former state Sen. Jeff Baxter is paying for a partial recount of ballots in his unsuccessful bid to retain his Spokane Valley seat despite losing the race by more than 3,400 votes. Baxter’s opponent in the contest, Mike Padden, was sworn in as senator representing...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Rush-Allen recount will be done by hand 

The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week. That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination. Former Councilman Mike...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Allen lead over Rush grows by 6

This post has been changed to correct the change in Allen's lead. The race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen for Rush's Spokane City Council seat representing the south district remains headed for a recount after the sixth day of counting. Allen's lead grew by...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Allen-Rush contest now within recount margin

The race between incumbent Councilman Richard Rush and former Councilman Mike Allen for Rush's south Spokane City Council seat was sent within recount margins by counting on Tuesday. Only 92 votes now separate the two, and if the race remains within a half percentage point,...

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MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011

Candidates prepare for results

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she expects only one count of votes tonight. Results should be released about 8:15 p.m. She said including today's mail, the county has received about 100,000 ballots. About 90,000 of those will be counted in the numbers released tonight....

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SATURDAY, NOV. 5, 2011

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19, 2011

TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2011

During KSPS debate, Rush questions Allen's work ethic 

NOTE: This post has been corrected from an earlier version to accurately reflect the number of times Allen was recorded absent during Spokane Employees' Retirement System board meeting. An earlier version was incorrect because of a reporter error. Before tonight's KSPS candidates debate was filmed...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 14, 2011

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