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Spin Control archive for July 2009

FRIDAY, JULY 31, 2009


Eugster: A friend of the Cowles Co.?

My guess is that of all the labels that might stick on Steve Eugster, "Cowles sycophant" is not one of them, despite the accusation from David Elton mentioned in the previous post.Still, I think it's worth mentioning this nugget from an interview I had with…

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Elton vs. Eugster

Last night's City Council debate sponsored by the Campaign for Liberty, went free of personal attacks until David Elton landed one on Steve Eugster.Elton, who is competing against Eugster and four other candidates for the right to represent south Spokane, complained about a blog post…

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2009

Catch the candidates: Council forums 

The August primary ballots go in the mail this week, and they're due back in the mail by Aug. 18.For those of you still wondering about which Spokane City Council candidate deserves your vote, there are a couple chances coming up to see them up…

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SUNDAY, JULY 26, 2009

Will charter campaign go The Chicago Way? 

The Spokane City Council holds a hearing Monday night on putting a major charter change known as the Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot. No one who fancies him or herself both an astute political observer and a sane betting person would wager…

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FRIDAY, JULY 24, 2009

News flash: Eyman backs Fagan 37 

Tim Eyman, the state's premier initiative entrepreneur, endorsed Spokane City Council Candidate Mike Fagan this week.This should come as no huge surprise to anyone with the remotest knowledge of state politics, considering Fagan is Eyman's longtime cohort in a dozen or so years of initiative…

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Hedley tweets on Birthers

OK, this is getting strange, in an "Art imitates life imitates art" kind of way. Doonesbury's network correspondent Roland Hedley began tweeting on the Obama birth certificate "controversy" last night. Here are his tweets, in reverse chron order:Tomorrow: 9-part tweetage on Birther movement. Was POTUS…

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Thurs. fun video: Stewart on birth cert. story 

The Obama Birth Certificate "controversy" is getting more and more attention from the news media this summer. Apparently they have run out of stories telling people that Michael Jackson is still dead.So much attention, in fact, that Jon Stewart weighed in last nigh, with clips…

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Callers concerned about socialized medicine 

Callers to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tele-town hall meeting were pretty convinced that the government shouldn't take over health care and the Eastern Washington Republican should do everything in her power to stop socialized medicine.She didn't much disagree.Among her comments on proposals by President Obama…

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Red Alert: Candidate forum tonight 

A local Republican organization is sponsoring a candidate forum for three of this fall's races: Two contested Valley City Council races and the City of Spokane's Northwest District 3 race.The forum starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mirabeau Park, and is scheduled to feature the…

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McMorris Rodgers on the phone 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is holding a town hall meeting by phone at 4:50 this afternoon. Her office is using some new program that will dial 99,999 households in Eastern Washington and ask if they want to hold for the congresswoman.She wants to talk about…

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Weds. video: Matthews on Obama birth certificate 24 

As regular readers of Spin Control know, we occasionally wander into the question of Barack Obama's birth certificate, thanks to the appearance of Orly Taitz at the University of Idaho speech by Chief Justice John Roberts.Taitz is a leader of the movement which questions whether…

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TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2009

Remain calm. Repeat: It's only a drill

Spokane residents should not get too jumpy in the coming weeks as a couple of different groups run a couple of exercises here abouts.Later this week, the U.S. Army Rangers will be conducting night time exercises at Fairchild Air Force Base. West Plains residents living…

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MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

Bar rates Muni Court candidates 

The Spokane County Bar Association released its rating for the contested Spokane Municipal Court race.Lawyers polled consider appointed Judge Tracy Staab well-qualified, and attorney Brian Whitaker qualified.It should be noted, however, that the two candidates were separated by average scores of about of less than…

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16 apply for Valley Council seat 

The regularly scheduled elections for Spokane Valley Council positions didn't generate much interest last month, but an appointment to an open seat did.A total of 16 people would like to be appointed to the seat being vacated by Steve Taylor. Whoever gets the appointment will…

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