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Spin Control archive for Sept. 2009

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2009


What’s in a word? When the word is “lunge”, it could be quite a bit.That’s lunge the verb, as in the Spokane Police Department’s repeated insistence that Otto Zehm “lunged” at Officer Karl Thompson the night of March 18, 2006, in an altercation that led…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 26, 2009

Mark your calendar 

Chances to catch the candidates, and the surrogates for some of the ballot issues, in the Nov. 3 election are going to be popping up with increasing frequency. The newspaper and the Spin Control Web site will try to keep up with them as they…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 25, 2009

Fri. fun video: A tie to Spokane

This is from a Web site that offers up a video of a new song every day. This one is interesting for two reasons:1. It has an excellent message about the Internet.2. It flashes on a Spokane "celebrity" about a 1 minute into the video.Thanks…

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Read all about it: voter study

Sunday's column and post discussed a new study by Eastern Washington University's Kevin Pirch on the differnt voting patterns of young and old voters.Those looking for more information could check out the whole study. Find it here.

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Weds. fun video: We made Leno

Not that this is necessarily the best way to get national recognition for a local news story, but Jay Leno included a mention of one of our hottest topics in his Monday night monologue.With a "How bizarre is this?" lead-in, he mentioned the escape of…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 19, 2009

Does anybody know what day it is?

Don't start a war, but feel free to speak your mind - in Spanish, if able. Toast the season with something that leaves your head clear.That's because tomorrow is Peace Day. This is also Constitution Week and Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Month and National Hispanic…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2009


2010 preview: GOP primary in the 6th? 

We pause in the middle of this year's election season to bring you a preview of next year's.There's could be an interesting Republican primary in Spokane's 6th Legislative District.Former Rep. John Ahern has talked about wanting a rematch ever since he lost to Democratic challenger…

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ACORN update: Shakeup ordered

Shortly after finishing the ACORN post below, the e-mail Inbox had a press release from that national organization explaining changes it's putting in place as a response to a series of video investigations of its practices.It's a press release that all but concedes the actions…

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Tea time Thursday afternoon

A Tea Party gathering is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Spokane. But don't expect crumpets.This is the kind of Tea Party for folks unhappy with some or all aspects of their government. It will feature syndicated radio host Laurie Roth and some local speakers, some…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 11, 2009

On the Web: Heckling's Top 10

Rep. Joe Wilson may be having his 15 minutes of fame for yelling "You Lie" during President Obama's speech, but he's not the first person to heckle a president during a speech. (And based on the direction political discourse is headed in America, he won't…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2009

Obama reax from WA & ID delegations 

When a president talks, congresspersons listen...and then they talk, too.Such was the case Wednesday night when Barack Obama talked about health care reform, and members of Congress talked about Obama's talk.Go inside the blog to see what the honorables who represent the Inland Northwest had…

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Whose pants on fire? 

Didn't take long for the left and the right to grab onto a two-word outburst during President Obama's speech Wednesday night.Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., called the White House to apologize for shouting "You lie," when Obama was talking about health care and illegal immigrants. But…

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Watching with a crowd

Democrats apparently like to watch President Obama in groups. The Democratic National Committee, through the Organizing for America campaign operation, is organizing "watch parties" around the country to view Obama's address tonight to a joint session of Congress tonight, including one in Spokane.It's at Toad…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2009

Are we smart or what? Well, duh

Spokane is smarter than Tacoma, Everett, Bellevue and Salem, but not smarter than Eugene or Seattle.At least, that's what the Natural Resources Defense Council says in its latest lists of "smarter cities," which ranks small, medium and large cities on the environmental intelligence.Spokane ranked sixth…

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Fagan gets Rossi endorsement

Southeastern Washington legislative candidate Susan Fagan picked up the endorsement of the Republicans' last two gubernatorial nominees.OK, that was just a chance to see if you were paying attention after a three-day weekend. As anyone with a working knowledge of Washington politics knows, the same…

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 6, 2009

An end to summer silly season? 

No matter what the weather people tell you, Monday is the end of summer. The kids are back in school and most adults have burned up their vacation. That should mean the start of serious political campaigning and the end of the summer crazies, which…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2009

Disincorporation groups give up signature drive 

Groups seeking to have Spokane Valley voters decide whether to get rid of the city they created earlier this decade are giving up their drive to put disincorporation on the ballot.Susan Scott of Friends of Spokane Valley said this morning that her organization and Citizens…

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Ref. 71: Back to the courts

Whether Referendum 71 goes on the November ballot may still be in doubt.An opposition group, Washington Families Standing Together, did what a King County Superior Court judge essentially suggested it do Tuesday, filing for an injunction in Thurston County over questions about the validity of…

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And we're back

With the post below, Spin Control returns from a (mostly) two-week hiatus during which primary contributor Jim Camden was on vacation and furlough, and Jonathan Brunt was filling in whenever possible.Thanks to everyone who kept the comments going during the period of "light blogging."

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