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Christian gets committee assignments

Newly appointed Rep. Leonard Christian received his committee assignments Monday on his first day in the Legislature.

Appropriations. Capital Budget. Government Operations & Elections. Labor & Workforce Development.

He also attended his first Appropriations Committee hearing, where Chairman Ross Hunter assigned him to the front row with another newcomer “to be closer to the public.” 

If you clipped out Sunday's guide to Eastern Washington legislators, be sure to write those assignments in. They weren't available last Friday when the list was being prepared.

The Spokane-area is fairly well represented on the money-spending committee, with Rep. Timm Ormsby serving as vice chairman and Reps. Kevin Parker, Susan Fagan and Joe Schmick already assigned to it.  


Not much church-state separation

Newly appointed state Rep. Leonard Christian will take his oath of office Sunday during the morning service at New Life Church in the Spokane Valley.

Christian was appointed this week to fill the seat left open by the retirement of Larry Crouse. The 2014 legislative session starts at noon Monday and Christian said he wanted to be sworn in where relatives, friends and constituents could attend. He said he also wanted to make a statement on his view of the separation of church and state, which he believes does not mean God should be absent from public schools and government.

“Some people are saying you can’t have the two together,” Christian said. “I believe the go together more than some people let on.”

He’ll take the oath of office from Spokane District Judge Richard Leland during the 10:45 a.m. service at the church at 10920 E. Sprague.

Mapping the 2010 vote: County auditor

Data from Spokane County Elections Office/Computer analysis by Spin Control

County GOP endorses Christian, Dunham

The Spokane County Republican Party is endorsing Leonard Christian for County Auditor and Harvey Dunham for Appeals Court Judge.

At first glance, it may seem the first is logical, and the second a bit surprising, because the auditor’s office is partisan and Christian is the only Republican running, but judicial races are non-partisan.

Technically, that’s true about judicial races. But in practice, it’s ignored whenever convenient.

Dunham is a longtime Republican who serves as a judge pro tem and has run several times for various judicial positions, although never successfully. He was appointed to the County District Courty in 2005, but his inability to win the election the next year may have been hampered by partisanship. That is, an all-Republican board of county commissioners voted 2-1 to appoint Dunham to an opening, even though he wasn’t on the list of recommended appointees from a panel the commissioners set up. When questioned about the appointment, then-commissioner Phil Harris said he had a right to make a political appointment, and was going with Dunham, who was a friend.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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