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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2009

SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

Carpetbaggery, Part 2 

Thursday's post challenging Councilman Bob Apple's label of "carpetbagger" on a city judicial candidate brought more than a dozen comments, including one from Apple himself. " I honestly believe any body still considers an elected official who would literaly refuse to live in the area…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

9th Circ: Release the names 

Washington state can release the names and addresses of people who signed the petion for Referendum 71, a ballot measure that attempts to peel back the latest changes to the state's domestic partnership laws, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said today.A 9th Circuit…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

And so it starts

Ballots in Spokane County will start arriving in the mail on Thursday.For those still wondering how the candidates stand on the issues, here's a link where you can hear three Spokane City Council debates in full or broken into important topics by our very capable…

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Should Apple be called on the carpet? 16 

Is it too much to ask that people who hurl political epithets during campaign season at least get them right? OK, that was a stupid question. It probably is. But still… In an e-mail to constituents last week, Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple described whom…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2009

Another chance to talk health care reform

If you'd like to "chat" about health care reform and you'll be at your computer around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, here's an unusual opportunity:Sen. Patty Murray and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are hosting an "online chat" to discuss the topic. They'll be answering…

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MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2009

Some interest in town hall 

Liberal groups say they plan to attend a town hall meeting this afternoon by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.Their plan, as reported in a press release from this morning, is "to express our support for serious health care reform and express our skepticism of her…

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Turn the valve to OFF

If the stalactite sized icicles around your sprinkler heads aren't enough incentive, the City of Spokane has a request for homeowners.Turn off your sprinklers. Seems there are problems this morning with water from sprinklers running down the street, turning to ice and making slick spots…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2009

GSI debate was a stacked deck

Anyone laboring under the misconception that political debates take place on neutral turf would have been disabused of such foolishness Friday at a Proposition 4 debate. Three members of Envision Spokane, the group trying to convince Spokane to pass what they call the Community Bill…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 2009

McMorris Rodgers town hall Monday

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will hold a town hall meeting on seniors’ issues Monday afternoon in the Spokane Valley. The Eastern Washington Republican scheduled the meeting to discuss health care, Social Security and other seniors’ issues that will start at 4 p.m. at University…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2009

Prop 4 debate: Rollin on the river

Just how polluted the Spokane River is became a bone of contention Friday between panelists debating a major change to the Spokane City Charter. Among the nation’s most polluted, said supporters of Proposition 4, which asks voters to add what they call a Community Bill…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

Kirkpatrick: We may cut 24 from SPD 

Spokane police would cut 24 positions, most of them by attrition, to cover the department’s share of a projected city shortfall if officers don’t agree to wage concessions, Chief Anne Kirkpatrick told the City Council Thursday. Half of the reductions would come from patrol officers,…

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Spokane GOP: Yes 1033 and a candidate list 

The Spokane County Republican Party endorsed state Initiative 1033, party officials said today. It fits with their view of limited government which governs least and is closest to the people, spokesman Curt Fackler said in a press release.No telling what they'll do about Republican elected…

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Fireworks alert: Council up to something? 

The Spokane City Council has a special meeting this afternoon to discuss a change in rules that would strip the council president of some authority.It will come up while Council President Joe Shogan is out of town, and Councilman Al French is sitting in as…

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Prop 4 debate Friday a.m. 

Supporters and opponents of Spokane City Proposition 4 will go at it Friday morning at a breakfast debate sponsored by Greater Spokane Inc.Prop 4 is the ballot number for a proposal that's AKA The Community Bill of Rights. It would amend the charter in various…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2009

Anti I-1033 forum Thursday a.m.

City and county elected officials will discuss the potential impact of I-1033 at a forum Thursday morning sponsored by Greater Spokane Inc. It starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Service Station, 9315 N. Nevada; tickets are $20. On the agenda are Spokane Mayor Mary Verner,…

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Nonprofits recruiting against I-1033 15 

Non-profit agencies that work on housing and children’s issues are putting out a call for volunteers to work against a state initiative to limit government spending. Recent polls that show Initiative 1033 with a comfortable lead has groups concerned about a loss of grant funding…

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Minnick joins defund ACORN movement

U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick was a primary signer of a letter demanding that ACORN be barred from receiving any funds in the upcoming transportation, housing and urban development spending bill.Minnick was one of 35 Democrats asking their leadership to add "no money for ACORN" language…

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Look what's happening out in the street... 

Groups opposed to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan will hold a rally this evening.The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane, the Gonzaga University Justice Club, Progressive Democrats of America and others will be meeting at Trent and Hamilton at 5 p.m. to hear…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2009

Guilty, and expensive?

OLYMPIA -- Changing Washington law to allow criminal defendants to be found guilty but mentally ill probably wouldn't have much effect on the state mental hospital system, a high-ranking state official said Friday.But it could add significant costs to the Department of Corrections, and taxpayers,…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2009

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2009


What’s in a word? When the word is “lunge”, it could be quite a bit.That’s lunge the verb, as in the Spokane Police Department’s repeated insistence that Otto Zehm “lunged” at Officer Karl Thompson the night of March 18, 2006, in an altercation that led…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2009

Mark your calendar 

Chances to catch the candidates, and the surrogates for some of the ballot issues, in the Nov. 3 election are going to be popping up with increasing frequency. The newspaper and the Spin Control Web site will try to keep up with them as they…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

Fri. fun video: A tie to Spokane

This is from a Web site that offers up a video of a new song every day. This one is interesting for two reasons:1. It has an excellent message about the Internet.2. It flashes on a Spokane "celebrity" about a 1 minute into the video.Thanks…

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Read all about it: voter study

Sunday's column and post discussed a new study by Eastern Washington University's Kevin Pirch on the differnt voting patterns of young and old voters.Those looking for more information could check out the whole study. Find it here.

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