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Spin Control archive for June 2009

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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FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2009


Why you can't confuse WA and SC

The differences between Washington state and South Carolina:One is in the Northwest, the other is in the Southeast.One has mountain ranges that still have snow at the top, the other doesn't.When Gov. Chris Gregoire disappears from sight for a few days, she goes to Iraq…

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City Council: Tell us how we're doing

Want to let the Spokane City Council know how you think the city is doing?Calm down. Keep it clean. They're not asking for you to send them a bouquet of roses or something equally fragrant but diametrically less attractive.The council has developed an on-line survey…

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Thurs. a.m. video: Sanford found

If you have any interest in South Carolina, its politics or its governor, this daily clip from TalkingPointsMemo will be high on your must watch list. Otherwise, it's 100 seconds of another politician who cheats on his wife.

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Sewer rate increase postponed

Spokane County commissioners put a planned sewer rate increase on hold Tuesday evening, giving residents another week to offer written comments, and a week beyond that for them to chew on it. They're now talking about voting on the increase at their 2 p.m. meeting…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2009

Coming Weds. in the paper: I-1043

A group pushing an initiative to change immigration law in Washington state is paying to insert 77,000 petitions in Wednesday's Spokesman-Review. They’ve used a similar tactic to distribute copies of the I-1043 petitions in Yakima, Ellensburg, Republic and the Olympic Penninsula as the July 2…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2009

Want to pay more for sewer?

Spokane County will hold a hearing on its proposed increases in sewer rates, that would boost the average monthly home bill in the county by $5 next year and by $11.50 by 2012.Spin Control could make lots of word plays, using various terms that describe…

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What does it look like to you? 

A city resident took umbrage at the e-mail address of one of the City Council candidates – with the Internet, it seems, there is more umbrage in more places – complaining that the Council District 1 hopeful Mike Fagan’s listing is a derogatory acronym well…

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Tweeting the (GOP) revolution

Iranian protesters are using Twitter to organize and report the protests against the election. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, a Republican congressman, tweeted that he saw a parallel to the GOP's travails last year. That prompted some withering responses.

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McMorris Rodgers makes the Daily Show

Not intentionally, of course. But Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is being noticed.She showed up on Wednesday night's Daily Show, as Jon Stewart was having fun with the politics of health care.After he pokes fun at Obama's speech to the AMA, Stewart takes on congressional Republicans'…

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For the record, Patty Murray's favorite word is "help." Maria Cantwell's is "oil". Cathy McMorris Rodgers' is "students."In the Idaho congressional delegation, Mike Crapo's fave is"energy". Jim Risch's is "guard". Walt Minnick's is "Idaho".That's the conclusion of Capitol Words, a new Web site that combs…

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Taylor leaving Valley Council

Steve Taylor, who has been on the Spokane Valley City Council as long as there has been a city council in the Valley, is calling it quits.Taylor announced Wednesday he's resigning at the end of the month to take a job as city administrator in…

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What do you think about MKL Way? 

The City of Spokane is considering naming a new stretch of street just east of downtown as Martin Luther King Way. It's the section of what might more cartographically be labelled an extension of Riverside Avenue east of Division, which would be built through the…

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