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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2009


State flags lowered

Washington state lowered flags to half staff today in honor of Pvt. Aaron Fairbairn, a 21-year-old soldier from Aberdeen who was killed in Action in Afghanistan on July 4.Gov. Chris Gregoire issued the order early Thursday morning. The flags will stay at half staff on…

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CDA mayoral candidate: Not taking the 14th

Josh Arnold, who entered the race for Coeur d’Alene mayor this week, said he’s concerned about the size, tone and responsiveness of government. Those concepts probably wouldn’t distinguish Arnold, a Republican precinct leader and 30-year-old planner for the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, from most other candidates,…

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Vice President Joe Biden and American Hospital Association President Rich Umbdenstock at a press conference on health care reform on June 8. (The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane vortex strikes national health care

At the newspaper, reporters like to talk about the Spokane vortex, in which almost every big national and international event has a link to this part of the country. Yesterday's big press conference on health care, where Vice President Joe Biden talked about hospitals pitching…

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Where's Joe's picture? 

There's no picture of Vice President Joe Biden in the federal building, reader Carol Nestor notes.There's a full-color shot of President Barack Obama on the walls, but no Biden, anywhere. What gives?Turns out there's no photos of Biden in federal buildings anywhere. Ross Buffington of…

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Team Sarah to play on

Word comes from Team Sarah, a group dedicated to the political advancement of the Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her political goals, that they're still enthusiastic about their namesake.This comes in a press release that is, admittedly, a bit dated because it got hung up…

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MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009

Knezovich running for re-election 

This will probably come as no huge surprised to anyone watching politics in Spokane, but Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is running for re-election.Knezovich filed paperwork with the Public Disclosure Commission at the beginning of the year, but even incumbents who don't plan to run again do…

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Monday fun videos: An ode to Sarah Palin

This music video comes courtesy of reader and colleague Reiko Tateya in Yokohama, Japan, who brought to our attention a fun Web site that creates a song a day. Today's song is about Sarah Palin calling it quits. Thanks Reiko!And for those who slept th…

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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009

Idaho could get stuck in this knife fight

There's a switchblade fight going on in Congress. Depending on who wins, North Idaho could bleed jobs at some point.This is not some latter day version of the Sharks and the Jets, minus the choreography. It's even nastier than some back alley knife fight, because…

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Take the July 4th quiz

Happy Independence Day. Spin Control is taking the day off, but if you’ve put out the flag, packed the cooler and bought the fireworks, only one question remains: Just how much do you really know about American history? The real history, that is – not…

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FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2009

I-1033 only one to turn in signatures

Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033 is the only one that bothered to turn in signatures yesterday to the Secretary of State's office. Because today is a holiday, that means it's the only initiative with a chance to make it to the ballot.Among those left in the…

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Blast from past: July 4th Quiz

In honor of the three-day holiday, and as a sign of laziness, Spin Control is rerunning last lyear's July 4th Quiz. A new quiz is coming Saturday.So you think you’re a good patriot. You wear a flag pin on your pajamas, know that the last…

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I-1033 likely headed to ballot 

Tim Eyman's latest effort, Initiative 1033, appears headed for the November ballot. Eyman reports a few minutes ago that they have turned in more than 314,000 signatures, which is far more than the requirement of about 249,000 or the cushion of 292,000 they were shooting…

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Push to save Shriners

Politicians and local business persons are gathering Thursday morning in an effort to convince the Shiners to keep their Spokane hospital open.It will be bipartisan, with Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican, in front of the hospital building on…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

Austin pays county

Spokane County expects to receive a total of $30,000 by the end of the week that will cover monthly payments through July from racetrack operator Bucky Austin. County officials will meet Monday with Austin and his staff about notices from contractors for past-due bills totaling…

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Envision Spokane to turn in petitions

Envision Spokane, the organization promoting a "Community Bill of Rights" for the city, says it will turn in the signatures Wednesday morning for its petitions to put the proposed charter change on the November ballot.The group needs at least 2,795 valid signatures from registered city…

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WA flags ordered to half staff

Gov. Chris Gregoire ordered flags on state buildings lowered to half staff Wednesday in honor of 1st Lt. Brian Bradshaw of Steilacoom.Bradshaw, 24, died June 25 in Kheyl, Afghanistan, from injuries suffered when an improvised explosive device was detonated.

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2009

Gregoire does Twitter 

Word came last week from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office that she is now on Twitter. In truth, she’s been tweeting for a few weeks. But with the revolution in Iran apparently running on social networking media, her office wanted to make sure the governor is…

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