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Spin Control archive for July 2009

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2009

Can city leaders trust the voters? 

Funny thing about elected officials and candidates who must, by nature, rely on the wisdom of voters for their jobs: Sometimes they don’t trust voters to make the right decision when it comes to something other than voting for them. That seems to be what’s…

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009


Envision Spo has the numbers

Envision Spokane turned in more than enough signatures on petitions for a proposed City Charter change to put its Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot.Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin reports this morning the office finished the final verification process about 9:30 a.m.,…

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Thurs a.m. video: Sonia Chronicles Day 3

The confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor continue for the third day in the U.S. Senate, where she continues to get questions about wise Latina women and Sen. Tom Coburn , R-Okla., tries to channel Ricky Ricardo, and Sen. Al Franken, D-SatNiteLive, signs up for the…

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I-1033: counting sigs 

Don't know if this is going to generate any controversy or not, but a funny thing happened on the way to Initiative 1033's ballot placement Wednesday.Initiative entrepeneur and chief sponsor Tim Eyman sent out an embargoed e-mail saying that the petitions turned in were "the…

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I-1033 qualifies for ballot

Initiative 1033 will be on the November ballot.The Secretary of State's office announced this afternoon that it's way over the minimum for signatures required to make the grade.It turned in so many signatures that the office does a random sample check. In the check, they…

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TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

Eugster v. Shogan on the charter change 

Monday night's Spokane City Council meeting had plenty of discussion about Envision Spokane's proposed "Spokane Bill of Rights."Colleague Jonathan Brunt captured these two exchanges between former Councilman and current candidate Steve Eugster and Council President Joe Shogan. in the first, Eugster is saying he's going…

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Tues. video: Mon. was Sotomayor Day 1

Sonia Sotomayor's first day of hearings coincided with All-Star Game eve. Which may explain all the baseball analogies in yesterday's hearings. Before catching Tuesday's hearings, here's a quick recap of yesterday's spin, from the folks at TalkingPointsMemo:

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MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009

Crowd gathering outside City Hall 

Opponents of the proposed "Spokane Bill of Rights" charter amendment gathered outside City Hall in the intermittent drizzle, starting about 5 p.m., warming up for Monday night's council meeting.It's an interesting coalition that includes the Spokane Home Builders as well as longtime members of the…

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Forces mustering against city "Bill of Rights" 

Opposition appears to be mounting, although not necessarily coalescing, against the proposed Spokane Bill of Rights which will get a hearing Monday evening with the City Council.Note: this is simply a hearing for forwarding the measure to the Spokane County Elections Office to have the…

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SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009

Idaho 1st in the spotlight in 2010?  

Most years, Idaho’s congressional races inspire yawns among the nation’s political cognoscenti. It’s likely 2010 will not be one of those years. Idaho’s sprawling 1st District House race is at or near the top of several lists of races to watch in the mid-term election.…

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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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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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