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Sunday spin2: I am shocked — shocked! to find gambling going on

Reporters have been known to bet on almost anything, from when a jury will come back to which candidates will win the races they are covering.

It’s a tendency that even some professional gamblers find appalling. So when a Craigslist ad offered a cash prize for the best handicapper of Tuesday’s mayoral race, it caught some eyes in the newsroom.

Even more curious, the referenced website seemed to be that of Mike Noder. But a closer look showed that it wasn’t his mikeforspokane site, but a mocking site, mike4spokane, set up by someone he describes as a former friend turned critic.

To be fair, the mike4 site is close to being an equal opportunity annoyer of all five candidates. The photo of Mary Verner looks like it was shot by the photographer who did Michelle Bachmann for Newsweek, and the shot of David Condon makes his head seem as round as a balloon. The other three candidate’s photos are so out of focus as to be almost unrecognizable.

Only 13 people found their way to the site and left a prediction before the contest closed. The average: Condon 40 percent; Verner 38 percent; Barbara Lampert 9 percent; Noder 7.5 percent and Robert Kroboth 3 percent. Actual results may vary.

Spokane mayoral candidates to discuss ‘green’ business

Spokane voters can get an early look at their choices for mayor Tuesday night at a candidate forum focused on environmentally friendly businesses.

Four of the five candidates for mayor will be at the candidate forum sponsored by Sustainable Resources INW, a nonprofit that assists businesses to make changes that save money while helping the environment, said Susanne Croft, executive director of the organization.

Incumbent Mary Verner, David Condon, Mike Noder and Barbara Lampert will attend. Robert Kroboth has said he won’t participate in any candidate debate.

Croft, who worked as Verner’s sustainability coordinator in 2008, will moderate the debate. She said most the questions will be posed by the audience.

“We really don't take a stand on sustainability as a political issue,” Croft said. “It's a topic of community concern just like poverty is.”

The hour-long forum will start at 6 p.m. Tuesady at the Community Building, 35 W. Main Ave. 

Fifth Spokane mayor hopeful pledges not to debate opponents or talk to media

Spokane voters on Wednesday got a fifth choice in the race for Spokane mayor.

Robert Kroboth, 77, filed paperwork to place his name on the Aug. 16. He joins incumbent Mayor Mary Verner; David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Mike Noder, who co-owns a demolition busines; and Barbara Lampert, who runs for office every year.

Kroboth also ran for mayor in 2000 and 2007 but didn’t attract much support. He came in fourth in the four-way mayoral primary in 2000. He was fifth in the five-way primary in 2007, taking 1.4 percent of the vote.

In a brief call Wednesday afternoon, Kroboth indicated that his policy of not talking to the media hasn’t changed.

“I don’t want to talk to you,” he said, before hanging up.

(Kroboth had the same policy in 2007, but talked to a reporter when he appeared at a City Council meeting and mentioned that he had once been tried and acquitted related to a shooting in California.)

On his website, Kroboth says if elected, he would eliminate the city’s Waste-to-Energy Plant and would place garbage in landfills. He also stresses his opposition to fluoridating the water system and calls the Spokane Police Department a “NaziFascist police force.”

“I will not appear at any debates because they are simply not debates, but ignorant questions from ignorant people, most of whom are the stooges of candidates,” Kroboth’s website says. “If we had a League of Men Voters, they would call us ‘male chauvinist pigs.’”

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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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