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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2013

SATURDAY, AUG. 3, 2013

FRIDAY, AUG. 2, 2013

Today's fun video: On fast-food wages 

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook If you ever worked at a fast-food restaurant, you may get an even bigger laugh than normal out of The Daily Show's take on the back and…

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Shea angry at S-R for Lewiston Trib item 

State Rep. Matt Shea is castigating The Spokesman-Review on Facebook, essentially suggesting that the newspaper is picking on him again. He's interested in truth in journalism, so we'll offer a bit. First, the post: There they go again...the Spokesman Review published another flat our untruth…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 1, 2013

State GOP to pick new leader in Spokane

The Washington State Republican Party will pick a new chairman or chairwoman in Spokane later this month during the quarterly meeting of its state committee. State chairman Kirby Wilbur, a long-time conservative activist and former Seattle radio talk show host, resigned earlier this week to…

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Shea's trip highlighted by MSNBC

MSNBC, though liberal commentator's Rachel Maddow's blog, is featuring Spokane Valley state Rep. Matt Shea after he appeared at a survivalist rally over the weekend. Shea's comments at the rally, as reported by the Coeur d'Alene Press, are similar to ones he's made at other…

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TUESDAY, JULY 30, 2013

Candidates wanted

When filing opened for elected offices in various towns and districts a couple months ago, a few attracted a large crowd of interested citizens and most drew one or two candidates. But some didn't get any takers. As in none. Zippo. Zilch. Empty space on…

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Primary turnout low one week out

Of the nearly 200,000 ballots Spokane County sent to voters this month, only about one in eight has come back in with one week left in the primary election for many local offices. Admittedly the primary ballot in many areas is short. Only two of…

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MONDAY, JULY 29, 2013

Wilbur steps down as state GOP head

Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur resigned Monday afternoon, saying he was taking a job at a conservative youth organization that was too good to pass up. Wilbur, 59, a former conservative talk show host who still fills in on Seattle’s KVI radio, is…

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SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013

Sunday Spin2: A bridge too far out?

Meanwhile, at the Secretary of State’s office, someone filed an initiative to rename the fallen and resurrected Skagit River Bridge for initiative entrepreneur Tim Eyman. . . To read the rest of this item, or to comment, continue inside the blog.

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Sunday Spin: The Boeing blame game

OLYMPIA – These are the dog days of the summer around the state capital. It’s not as uniformly sunny as Eastern Washington. But morning fog and low clouds – a pattern Seattle’s television weather heads describe with the more elegant-sounding title of “marine layer” –…

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FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013


TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013

Breaking Ground at Huntington Park

Flanked by earthmovers and pickups, with the Riverfront Park gondolas gliding overhead, Scott Morris talked fondly Tuesday of the year 1889, city parks, Spokane and the company he runs, Avista. “We, in a sense, grew up together,” Morris said to a gathering of about 50…

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Map from the tax foundation shows growth in state spending between 2001 and 2011. (Tax Foundation)

Washington spending grew relatively slowly 

OLYMPIA -- Listening to the discussions over state budgets over the last several years, one might have thought that Washington state spending was growing faster than Usain Bolt on steroids. At least, that seemed to be the position of some Republicans who pointed to rising…

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

Retail sales up in Washington

OLYMPIA – Retail sales in Washington jumped 8 percent in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2012, hitting about $26 billion for all taxable sales, the state Department of Revenue reported Monday. Double-digit growth in taxable sales for construction,…

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