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Sue Lani Madsen

Sue Lani Madsen

An architect and rancher, she writes a column for the Spokesman-Review as a correspondent.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Child’s play – safe or sorry

Heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house next week will undoubtedly trigger a few family disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If not over politics, over child-rearing.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Sparring the Spokane way

There’s a tough match-up next Tuesday evening in the boxing ring at the Howard Street Gym. No fisticuffs expected, only fact checking and flourishes of humor for the fifth edition of “Rhetoric in the Ring.”

SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Politics as a team sport

It’s the 4th quarter and the game is tied. The red and blue teams are both looking to score campaign points with undecided voters, who will have to make the call when ballots drop next week.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2018

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018

FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Underground economy discussion brings out the hypocrites on both sides

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 6 p.m.

It’s a great conversation nonstarter for Labor Day, but a good way to begin an argument. Mention how the complex web of labor regulations is driving the underground economy and you’ll be accused of wanting a return to sweatshops and child labor. Explain how President Franklin Roosevelt felt about public sector unions (he was against them) and clearly you support 18-hour workdays and unsafe working conditions.

SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2018

SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2018

SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a generation ago. The Spokane County Republicans denounced him in June with this statement over Cecily Wright’s signature as chairman: “His past statements, affiliations and actions are deeply out-of-step (sic) with the values of the Republican Party, as well as the values of the Spokane County GOP and our members.”

SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018

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SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Farmer to farmer with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue

UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

Monday’s smorgasbord of questions to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Colfax was hosted by the McGregor Co., a supplier of seed, fertilizer, equipment and expertise to Palouse producers. Perdue took the stage and described his Georgia farmer credentials but made it clear he was there to learn what Pacific Northwest farmers have on their minds.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018

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SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: No more newsboys

UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

No more newsboys. Those intrepid boys (and sometimes girls) who delivered newspapers by bicycle and on foot in the early hours before school have disappeared.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018

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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Regressive progressives in Seattle

If the Seattle City Council had a mantra, it would be “most regressive tax structure in the country.” So last Monday the council voted unanimously to make it more regressive by passing a head tax.