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Spin Control archive for April 2009

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009

Monday bonus video: Moms in Congress

Good Morning America did a piece this morning on "Moms in Congress", featuring Cathy McMorris Rodgers fairly prominently. Not sure what the news peg was...the lead in suggests it's "spring and fertility", but perhaps it's just a slow news day.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2009

After Tea time, who wins? 

Inland Northwest Democrats who belittle the Tea Party gatherings of last Wednesday do so at their peril. Inland Northwest Republicans who embrace them wholeheartedly could be in for a few surprises. In terms of number of venues and total participants, the demonstrations outstripped any protests...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

Eugster, Allen running in South Spokane 

The City Council race in South Spokane went from nothing to the potential for "really something" Friday morning as former Councilman Steve Eugster announced he'd run and incumbent Mike Allen said he'd seek the seat to which he was appointedThat sets up a competition between...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009


Got a question for your congresswoman?

Tonight's your chance to ask it is coming up.U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is appearing live on KSPS tonight and taking questions from the public. The show airs at 7 p.m. on Channel 7, and viewers can call 800-278-4315 to ask a question or send...

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Today's video: Views of the tea parties

You've had a chance to read about the "tea parties". For those who haven't had enough of the accounts, here are some videos to watch:O'Reilly on Fox News applauds "robust debate."Olberman points out problems with the DC protest.Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 2009

Your Tea times 

We're repeating -- without comment, endorsement or admonishment -- schedules for the "Tea Parties" around the Inland Northwest today:Coeur d’Alene: 3 p.m., Independence Point, City Park.Colfax: 4 p.m., Codger Pole on South Main Street.Colville:1 p.m., County Courthouse, S.215 Oak St.Moscow: Noon, Friendship Square, Downtown.Newport: 4...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009


A surprising Tea Party tidbit

A crumpet, if you will, on Wednesday's Tea Parties on the West Side.Initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman is urging supporters to attend the Tea Parties to gather signatures for Initiative 1033, his latest attempt to rein in property taxes.That's not surprising; that's just good strategy.But what...

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Getting TEA'd off? 

From the Spokane Convention Center to Coeur d'Alene's Independence Point to the Codger Pole in Colfax, tax protesters around the Northwest will be gathering Wednesday at TEA Parties.No plans to serve Orange Pekoe, though.TEA in this case stands for Taxed Enough Already. It's a movement...

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And we're back, with video

This has kicked around for a week, but it seems to have legs: Did President Obama do right or wrong in greeting the king of Saudi Arabia.Embedded video from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video" mce_href="http://www.cnn.com/video" mce_href="http://www.cnn.com/video">CNN Video</a>

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

After Tea time, who wins?

Inland Northwest Democrats who belittle the Tea Party gatherings of last Wednesday do so at their peril. Inland Northwest Republicans who embrace them wholeheartedly could be in for a few surprises. In terms of number of venues and total participants, the demonstrations outstripped any protests...

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Campaign rules to live by

For some, spring means it’s time to train for Bloomsday or get the Hoopfest team together. For others it’s time to lose a few pounds, tone up the abs or biceps and get ready for the lake. But for anyone planning to run for office...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009

Phoning it in

State legislators like to make it back to the district from Olympia during the session to talk to the "real folks" with things like town hall meetings. With the crush of business this year, that's difficult.When one's district is Northeastern Washington's 7th, there's another problem....

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Fun video: Stewart looks at defense budget

Jon Stewart questions how anyone can call a 4 percent increase in the defense budget a cut, and other things about Pentagon priorities.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cFull Metal Budgetthedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesEconomic CrisisPolitical Humor

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009

Beer drinkers, patriots 

If you had a beer over the weekend, pat yourself on the back. You helped out the state economy.A recent press release says beer has nearly a $3 billion impact on Washington's economy, supports 33,000 jobs and generates nearly $230 million in federal, state and...

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Picking up trash with both hands?

Robert Wheeler sat on a lawn chair in his front yard across from Corbin Park and watched the city’s new garbage truck strut its stuff by picking up cans on either side of the 33,000-pound vehicle.“So this is the future of alley pickup?” Wheeler asked.It...

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Two-armed pickup

It's such a nice day that anyone with time on their hands Wednesday morning should consider stopping by Corbin Park at 11 a.m., where the city plans to show off one of its newest vehicles.A new garbage truck that can pick up cans on either...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2009


No May election in Spokane County

Spokane County voters will be asked to extend a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax for criminal justice programs in the August primary rather than May. County commissioners, who had scheduled a May special election last month, rescheduled it for two reasons on Tuesday: to...

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MONDAY, APRIL 6, 2009

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