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Spin Control archive for June 2009

FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2009


One more into a council race

Clock is ticking down to the deadline to file for political office.5 p.m. is it. Finito. end of story.In the meantime, the race for Spokane City Council's District 2 in south Spokane grew to four Friday afternoon with the entry of Kristina Sabestinas, an aide...

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A painting of Fatso, the Keyboard Cat, by artist Bud Cadell, is circulating on the Internet (The Spokesman-Review)

Can't get enough Keyboard Cat?

Now there's a painting.Plus, the video clip was used in a bit on the MTV Awards last weekend.Why does Spin Control care? Well, we wouldn't except for the Spokane connection.As colleague Doug Clark reported last month, Keyboard Cat video was made by Spokanite Charlie Schmidt,...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2009

Ground "broken" for sewage treatment plant

One of the largest public works projects in Spokane County history -- one that has been nearly 30 years in the making -- got its official start Thursday as local officials held a dirt turner for the $140 million wastewater treatment facility.For those unfamiliar with...

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Council candidates keep a-coming

Spokane City Council seats continue to attract a large share of the attention among would-be candidates. Southeast Washington's 9th Legislative District seat is pulling them in, too.The Thursday afternoon count has 11 council candidates spread among the three districts:Amber Waldref and Mike Fagan in Northeast...

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AF: We like one tanker contract 

Air Force officials told a Senate subcommittee they still don't like the idea of "splitting the baby" on the new refueling tanker.That's not a surprise, because the Pentagon has been saying to anyone who will listen that they want to have one version of the...

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Getting some recognition for UW women

University of Washington's women's softball already has the College World Series trophy, so it's not clear how excited they'll be about congressional recognition.But Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell introduced a Senate Resolution todday, congratulating them on their first-ever NCAA championship. The resolution hasn't...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009


Coming Thursday: Murray grills AF? 

Sen. Patty Murray will be asking questions of Air Force honchos about that pesky tanker replacement contract they have thus far been unable to run to ground.Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norman Schwartz will appear before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee...

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Obama organization meeting in East Central

Organizing for America, which is sort of the successor to the Barack Obama presidential campaign, will hold a town-hall style meeting Thursday evening at the East Central Community Center. 6 p.m., East Central Community Center, 500 S. Stone St. if you're marking your calendar.OFA likes...

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Michelle Obama congratulates Barack Obama on winning the Democratic nomination in June 2008. (Craig Lassig / EPA)

Happy Fist Bump Day

Today has been declared National Fist Bump Day by, well, by people who apparently don't have very much to do.It commemorates the day one year ago when Barack and Michelle Obama knocked knuckles after he locked up the Democratic nomination. Some TV talking heads later...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009

Tuesday p.m. filing report 

The Spokane City Council races are starting to fill up. The Spokane Valley City Council races, not so much. And that 9th District state House of Representatives race already has four wouldbe legislators in it.Go inside the blog to see the full list from Spokane...

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More in the race for Spokane City Council

The noon update from Spokane County Elections Office has two additions to the Spokane City Council races.Councilman Mike Allen, as previously announced, is seeking election to the seat to which he was appointed in South Spokane's District 2. He joins Steve Eugster and Jon Snyder,...

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