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Spin Control archive for July 9, 2009


City Charter change hearing on Monday 

The proposed "Spokane Bill of Rights" will get a hearing Monday evening on whether it should go to the next phase of qualifying for the November ballot.The Spokane City Council will hold the hearing at its regular 6 p.m. legislative session prior to a vote...

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I-1033 signature count update

Tim Eyman and other promoters of Initiative 1033 turned in 315,444 signatures on their petitions last week, the Secretary of State's office reported today.That's significantly more than the 241,153 needed (if they are valid signatures from registered state voters) to get the proposal on the...

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Heave. Ho.

The Spokane Fire Department will celebrate the arrival of the new engine in Hillyard by pushing it into Station 15 Friday afternoon.What, the new truck doesn't come with a motor?For upwards of 500-grand, it definitely can run on its own power. But it seems there's...

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Check your ticket, check the date

Folks at the recently established Spokane Municipal Court report a slight problem with defendants not showing up for their preliminary hearing, and then saying they didn't know when it was scheduled.The thing is, the date is scheduled when the police officer writes out the citation...

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Gentlemen: Start your ad agencies

Want a preview of what's coming up for the 2010 mid-term elections? Here's two.First, the National Republican Senate Committee is trying out a "blame everything on the Democrats" strategy, featuring Al Franken and some really somber violin music.And the Democrat National Committee is testing a...

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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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