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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014


Condon restarts ambulance bid process 

Spokane Mayor David Condon said this morning he was re-issuing a call for bids on the city's ambulance contract after no competition emerged to challenge the firm that already provides the city’s emergency transportation. The new request for bids will strike a provision requiring an...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014

Sunday Spin2: Happy B-Day, Nat Anthem

Today is the bicentennial of what may be the most oft-sung song in the country. No, not “White Christmas.” Two hundred years ago, the dawns early light revealed the stars and stripes still flying above Fort McHenry near Baltimore, and Francis Scott Key, who was...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014

Sunday spin: So many constitutional experts

OLYMPIA – Standing in line at Safeway one evening last week, I was reminded that almost everyone considers themselves an expert in constitutional law. An irate shopper was unhappy that his total was more than the amount available on his bank card and a coupon...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014

Lyft and Uber are coming 

The Spokane City Council is preparing to change city law to allow "for-hire" drivers to do business in town. The law is aimed at new taxi-like services springing up around the country, namely Lyft and Uber. Read the draft operating agreement between the city and...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2014


Some not-too-shocking endorsements

The Spokane County Republican Party has gone waaaaay out on a limb and endorsed three incumbent Republicans running for re-election to county office The party sent out a press release over the weekend that it is endorsing Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Treasurer Rob Chase...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 6, 2014

Sunday Spin: Gun inits duel over cop support 

OLYMPIA – Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here in Washington, the dueling gun initiatives are competing for the claim of “cops...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 5, 2014

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014


Hastings endorses Newhouse

Rep. Doc Hastings today endorsed Dan Newhouse as his replacement for Washington's 4th Congressional District seat. Newhouse, the former state agriculture director, is running against Eltopia farmer and fellow Republican Clint Didier in the Central Washington district. Didier replied that Hastings was being pressured by...

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Supremes hear McCleary arguments today

OLYMPIA -- The state Supreme Court will be asked this afternoon to punish the Legislature for not coming up with a plan to improve public schools during the 2014 session. Attorneys for education advocates who filed the case now known as "McCleary" for the name...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2014

SATURDAY, AUG. 30, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014


Today's fun video: GOP has 'mountain to climb'

Washington state Republican prospects for capturing the governor's mansion apparently are so bleak that state Chairwoman Sheryl Hutchison has taken to YouTube and likened it to climbing a mountain. The analogy is somewhat strained, particularly where Hutchison talks about how both mountain climbers and political...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014


Legal pot sales surge in August 20 

Recreational marijuana sales have soared in August, thanks in part to a big Friday that came in the midst of several large-scale marijuana events in Western Washington. According to sales figures tracked by the Washington State Liquor Control Board, more than $5.1 million worth of...

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City Hall Scoop: Lilac Queen as Councilwoman

Steve Salvatori was a fiscal conservative from California. Karen Stratton is a political unknown and lifelong Spokanite. Together, they will complete one term on the Spokane City Council. Stranger things have happened in Spokane. Like when Stratton was named Lilac Queen in 1977 and posed...

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2014

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