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Spin Control archive for June 2009


Spokane Valley Council faces sheriff expenses

On the heels of a state auditor's report that they owe money for law enforcement services, the City of Spokane Valley City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday morning "to discuss dispute resolution regarding billing."The city and the county have been arguing over who...

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More on forwarded e-mails with bad info

In response to Sunday's column on e-mails that pass along stuff that just ain't true, Reader Tina Wynecoop sent a copy of a missive she's received several times about Nancy Pelosi's luxury jet.The e-mai carries a subject line of "FW: Queen Nancy's 757" and includes...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

Candidates wanted

While some political races in the city of Spokane are pretty crowded, other positions around the county are not. Some are even candidate-less.In an effort to get candidates for posts that have none, Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin has scheduled a special filing period...

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Tues. video: Letterman apologizes

David Letterman apologized Monday night to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her family. For those keeping track at home, this is apology No. 2, and it's for the line about going to Yankee Stadium, not for the Top 10 list.So today's discussion questions are:Was this...

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This just in: New reason to celebrate

From Columbia Legal Services, Corporation for Enterprise Development and the Low-Income Housing Alliance comes word that this is -- ta da! -- Manufactured Housing Week.While there are no Manufactured Home carols to sing or Manufactured Home cards to mail, they want you to know certain...

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009

This is a photo from a Web site featuring small animals in big teacups. It's being used as filler on spincontrol on 6/15. (buzzfeed)

Need a smile?

There's nothing political or governmental about this, from a posting called 10 animals in teacups. Just a way to brighten your Monday morning, from buzzfeed.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2009

Note to media critics: check your facts

About once a week, some reader is kind enough to forward something from the Internet that shows what an absolutely abysmal job the news media is doing on some topic or another. Sometimes the complaint involves not telling them that Barack Obama was really born...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2009

Today's question: Can Mayor Verner sing? 

Yes.At least well enough to sing "Proud Mary" with Doug Clark during the newspaper columnist's annual street music fundraiser for the Food Bank. Expect him to tell you much more about that Sunday in his column.An even more important question: Is Mary Verner quick enough...

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The whole Letterman list on Palin 

David Letterman had to apologize for No. 2 on his top 10 list of things Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did in New York ... to Palin and flight attendants.You may have seen that clip a few (or a few dozen) times on television Wednesday. Did...

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David Ammons of the Washington Secretary of State's office holds a copy of Referendum 71, which must fit about 114 pages of a legislative bill onto a single sheet of paper. (Washington Secretary of State)

Ref. 71: Sizing things up 

Referendum 71 supporters have a new challenge. The size of the petitions they need to distribute for signatures.The proposed ballot measure, which if passed in November would repeal aspects of domestic partnership passed this year by the Legislatulre, must contain all the sections of the...

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009

Hieroglyphic in an ancient tomb visited by President Obama during his trip to Egypt in June 2009. The carving is about 4,000 years old, and Obama thought it looked like him. Photo comes from Anderson Cooper's  blog at CNN (CNN)

Obama cast in stone?

When President Obama was in Egypt last week, he came across this hieroglyphic that looked like, well, like him.Uh oh. If the folks trying to prove Obama can't be president because isn't a U.S. citizen because he doesn't have a real birth certificate find out...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009

On listing petition names, fair is fair 

A gay rights group’s plan to post the names of everyone who signs Referendum 71 petitions has some people outraged and others insisting that folks shouldn’t sign petitions unless they have the guts to defend their decision. In other words, it’s your standard dichotomy in...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009

Final candidate list for Spokane County

Legislative District 9 (Adams, Asotin, Franklin*, Garfield, Spokane*, Whitman) State Representative Pos. 1 Partisan office (1-year unexpired term) Susan Fagan(Prefers Republican Party) PO Box 1471 Pullman WA 99163 (509) 979-3083 6/1/200910:59 PM Pat Hailey(Prefers Republican Party) 691 Hailey Rd Mesa WA 99343 (509) 265-4282...

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