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In brief: Fagan stands behind his criticism of Inslee

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan is standing behind a letter he signed that called Gov. Jay Inslee “a lying whore.”

Fagan and the two other co-directors of Voters Want More Choices, which advocates for lower taxes through state voter initiatives, criticized Inslee in a mass email sent Thursday.

On Friday, Spokane Mayor David Condon and council members Mike Allen, Steve Salvatori, Jon Snyder, Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref condemned the letter. City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin is on vacation, and attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.

“Words like this have no place in public discourse,” Condon said in a prepared statement released by the city. “This language doesn’t represent the community we all live in.”

In an email, Fagan said the statement shouldn’t be attributed to him as an elected councilman.

“While I would tend to agree that a statement like that shouldn’t come from a city councilman, it didn’t,” he said. “It came from the principals of a political action committee whom on their own time, using their own resources sent an email to convey information and express frustration towards another politician who has gained tremendously through lies.”

Jonathan Brunt

Bill sought by sheriff dies in committee

OLYMPIA – A proposal that would have prevented an arbitrator from reinstating a police officer who committed a crime or was caught lying won’t become law this year.

The bill, sought by Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and other Washington sheriffs but opposed by rank-and-file police organizations, failed to be voted out of the Senate Law and Justice Committee before Friday’s deadline.

Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley and the committee chairman, said they considered some amendments that would satisfy the two sides but never came up with version that had enough support in the full Senate. A House version of the bill also died.

Jim Camden

One killed in crash north of Spokane

One person was killed in a two-car wreck on U.S. Highway 395 on Friday.

The collision occurred just after 4 p.m. three miles north of the Spokane County line, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Alcohol or drugs were not believed to be involved and the investigation was ongoing.

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