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MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

FRIDAY, SEPT. 3, 2010

Signature event 73 

A judge in Western Washington has lifted the order that prevented the release of signatures on initiative and referendum petitions. The ruling does not affect the petitions for Referendum 71 which remain under wraps because that case is tied up in a federal suit. But...

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Questions? We have questions 

Lots of the blogs and comment threads on our website -- and other places, I'm sure -- are talking about last week's officer-involved shooting that took the live of Spokane Valley clergyman and businessman Wayne Creach. Questioning of Deputy Brian Herzel, who fired the fatal...

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Seven years: What happened? 25 

On May 1, 2003, President George W. Bush announced the end of "major combat operations" in Iraq. Last night, President Barack Obama announced that "the American combat mission in Iraq has ended."Fifty thousand U.S. troops remain there, however. And fighting in Afghanistan is as frantic...

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MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010

Campaign spending update at a click

The Washington state Public Disclosure Commission has a cool new online gadget for those who are interested in the amount of money being spent on political campaigns this election year. It's a quick way for anyone, even the unitiated, to find out quickly how much...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010

Prosecutor's race 18 

I've always found it strange that some of the county races like this and others (assessor, sheriff) are partisan but that city of Spokane races are not (council, mayor). When I've mentioned this in endorsement interviews, the candidates all say it is strange that the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010

Didier withholds Rossi endorsement 

Clint Didier, who was a pass receiver in the NFL, might be down and out, but he's willing to try a Hail Mary. He says he will endorse Ross if:1) Rossi signs a no-new-taxes pledge; 2) promises a strong position against federal spending; and 3)...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010

Religion and the mosque 46 

Interesting poll question from the Economist. Second one down.Whether or not you think the Islamic cultural centre and mosque should be built near the World Trade Center site, do you think that Muslims have a constitutional right to build a mosque there?OverallYes, 50.2%By partyDem, 57.5;...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010

Anti-incumbent fever! 

Not so much in Washington state.Not so much nationwide.Sabato is still predicting that the GOP in the fall will pick up seven of the 59 Senate seats held by Democrats — not enough to take over control of that chamber. And he thinks Republicans will...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 17, 2010

Save a stamp

Still more than three hours before polls close. As always, I'll be dropping my ballot off in person, slipping it into the box in front of a live person. I love tradition. Does anyone else?Meanwhile, what else is on your mind?

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MONDAY, AUG. 16, 2010

Election Roundup 11 

Here are the endorsement editorials for the primary, which ends Tuesday.Here is a summary of same.Did you vote? Which race interests you the most and why?

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MONDAY, AUG. 9, 2010

MONDAY, AUG. 2, 2010


The Constitution, commas and immigration 174 

The meaning of the Second Amendment is oftened debated and sometimes the placement of a comma becomes a focal point. We've been down that road, but it could come up with the 14th Amendment and the issue of "anchor babies." The authors of the Arizona...

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 23, 2010

Friday's loose thread 33 

What, another week almost over? So soon?Time to dangle a loose thread at A Matter of Opinion for anyone who wants to (borrowing an expression from my distant, decadent youth) tie one on. One topic for conversation, that is.

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Push 'em back, push 'em back 44 

U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill in Connecticut ruled this week that competitive college cheerleading does not qualify as a sport under Title IX. The decision comes in a case filed over Quinnipiac University's plans to drop volleyball and replace it with a competitive cheerleading program....

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TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2010

Kagan moves on 10 

The conservative website GOPUSA called on South Carolinians to hang their heads in shame over Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham's decision to vote in favor of confirming Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Graham, the ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was the only...

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City will do the heavy lifting 

The Spokane City Council voted 5-2 last night to retain responsibility for inspecting elevators here. The alternative was to turn the statutorily mandated work over to the state, which every other city in Washington except Seattle has already done.Either way, under current practices, the work...

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MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010

MONDAY, JULY 12, 2010

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