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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2009

THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009

Voter map of the Spokane School Board race between Rocky Treppiedi and Laura Carder, as of the vote count of 11/4/2009. (The Spokesman-Review)

Here's a map for tight school board races 

The Spokane School Board races are too tight to call with any certainty. But a look at the vote patterns shows a definite north-south split in both races.It's probably most pronounced in the Position 4 race, where incumbent Rocky Treppiedi has a narrow lead over…

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 (The Spokesman-Review)

Here's a new map for that Fire Bond

Spokane City Proposition 1, aka the Fire Bond Issue, inched a bit toward the supermajority it needs for passage in Wednesday evening's count. As the map shows, its support varied around the city. The ballot measure currently has a 58.85 percent approval; it needs 60…

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How Spokane voted on Proposition 4, the community bill of rights proposal. (The Spokesman-Review)

Where Prop 4 fared less awfully 

There are few, if any, bright spots supporters of Envision Spokane's Community Bill of Rights will find in last night's count.As a whole, Proposition 4 only garnered 25 percent support. It failed in all of the city's nearly 125 precincts.The measure won 40 percent support…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2009

McLaughlin movin' on up?

The showing of Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin -- the City Council's most conservative member -- in a district that voted for President Obama has prompted speculation that she may run as a Republican for state Rep. Alex Wood's seat next year in Spokane's 3rd…

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Spokane County turnout: 38.5% so far 

Spokane voters seemed to spend a bit more time weighing their options this year. The two biggest days for ballots showing up at the elections office were yesterday and today.The current ballot count stands at 98,968, which is 38.5 percent of all registered voters in…

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Art distributed by Envision Spokane in support of Proposition 4.

All in

Here's one of the more talked about election mailers distributed locally this campaign season.It's from Envision Spokane, the campaign in support of Proposition 4. It hit mailboxes last week.What do you think? Is it effective?

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

Following the money: Prop 4 spending

(Note: This story appeared in Sunday's paper, and through an oversight on my part didn't get posted simultaneously to the blog. So it appears here with links to the spread sheets that show the campaign spending, for those political junkies out there that eat this…

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Mon. fun video: Obama Girl returns

In a new video from, Obama Girl, aka Amber Ettinger, makes a pitch for someone to be appointed to the Social Security Board.The plea is set to "Man of Constant Sorrow," and proves that blue-grass legend Ralph Stanley can still pick and sing, Obama…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

County to Austin: You're fired

Spokane County commissioners fired the company they hired less than a year ago to operate the county’s Raceway Park, their controversial purchase near Airway Heights that drew good crowds this summer but racked up some $1.2 million in unpaid construction debt. The county’s insurance may…

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County may cancel Austin contract

Spokane County Commissioners have an executive session at 2 p.m. to talk about cancelling the contract to run the Raceway Park.They had already given Bucky Austin, the embattled operator, a 60-day deadline, that's set to run out next week. They may cancel today.Unanswered questions include…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

Coming soon: Boeing blame game 

Boeing Co.'s announcement that it will build jetliners in South Carolina was not particularly well received in Washington, as most readers can well imagine.Some Democrats were disappointed. Some Republicans were disappointed but more in a "we warned you" mind set.For a compilation of comments, go…

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Tucker: Not just 'No' 

Prosecutor Steve Tucker and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich made their best pitches for some wiggle room on budget cuts Tuesday night. Maybe dip into the budget reserve, or borrow from money set aside for streets. After all, what good are streets if they aren't safe to…

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Jail Lts. give up COLAs 

Spokane County jail lieutenants agreed to contract concessions that will wipe out their cost-of-living raises, overtime and comp time in 2010. The agreement with the county, which comes as most departments are expecting to start next year with a budget that is 11 percent smaller…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Tues. fun video: Colbert on Ref 71 signatures

Stephen Colbert takes off on the fight over releasing the names from the Referendum 71 petitions, as well as a campaign ad from the Protect Marriage folks.The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cThe Word - Don't Ask Don't Tellwww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorReligion

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Hell has little fury 

Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s threat to “bring hell” didn’t stop the council -- or even himself -- from approving on Monday new rules governing the body.The lone opposition belonged to Councilman Richard Rush, who expressed concern that the final version was rushed.The rules,…

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Reed named a top public official

Secretary of State Sam Reed was named a Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine, the publication said Monday.Reed will be one of eight elected or appointed government officials to get one of the annual awards in the November issue of the magazine, as…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009

Prop4: Where's the money coming from? 11 

Opponents of Proposition 4 have complained that out-of-town influence helped shape the proposed amendment to the Spokane City Charter. But the opponents rely heavily on national and state development interests to bankroll the campaigns against the proposal. Led by the National Association of Home Builders,…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

About half the voters will

Vote, that is.Or at least that's Secretary of State Sam Reed's projection, released today.Reed projects turnout at 51 percent, down markedly from about 85 percent last year. Ah, for the halcyon days of '08. Obama vs. McCain. A gaffe-watch on Joe Biden. A dissection of…

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There goes the English teacher vote 30 

As a reporter responsible for my share of embarrassing typos over the years, I am hesitant to point out spelling and grammatical errors in others' work (especially in a blog that usually isn't edited before it's posted).That said, City Councilman Mike Allen's campaign flier that…

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MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2009

Kennedy: Hold those names 

Latest in the legal battle over the names of people who signed Referendum 71 petitions: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy today blocked the release of the names which the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unblocked last week. Kennedy got a request from the group…

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