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Spin Control archive for Aug. 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

Grain loading deal reached

Dock workers and a major grain company in Vancouver have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, clearing the way for smooth shipments of grain as the wheat harvest gets underway and removing a bone of contention between some legislative Republicans and Gov. Jay...

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City Hall Scoop: Plazas and Trolleys

The Spokane Transit Authority is its own government entity, but it got a good going over at last night's Spokane City Council meeting. Two items passed by the council dealt with public conveyance: a resolution supporting the $5.8 million renovation of the STA Plaza, the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

DNR: No burning, period, on state lands 

OLYMPIA -- The Department of Natural Resources has banned outdoor burning on all of the agency's lands, no exceptions, it said this morning. The ban comes after a weekend which saw new wildfires in Ferry and Kittitas counties and the total amount of land with...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 9, 2014

Sunday Spin: A class in primary math

The weekend after the primary seems like a good time for a lesson in primary numbers, which is offered by the Poli Sci Department, not the Math Department. Election Math 101 teaches us that the most important number is who has the most votes. But...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

This is a map of the early primary results in the Spokane County Commissioner District 3 race. (Jim Camden)

Mapping the vote: County Commish race

As colleague Mike Prager reports in today's paper, Spokane County Commissioner Al French thinks he'll improve his vote totals in the fall as the election moves from his District 3 to the entire county. French has a point that District 3 trends more Democratic than...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2014

WA Elex: Didier way ahead in 4th Cong Dist

Eltopia farmer and former NFL player Clint Didier takes a commanding lead in the 12-way primary in Central Washington's 4th Congressional District. Second is former state Ag Director and fellow Republican Dan Newhouse. If current trend holds, Democrats will be SOL in this district's general

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WAElex: Waiting for returns

Here at Spin Control we keep hitting refresh on the web pages that will give us election results and noticed a funny thing on the Secretary of State's page for congressional races. It says it was last update and midnight on 1/1/1880, which is a...

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Spokane mayor releases budget proposal

A second police precinct, a steady stream of newly trained cops, and a race to the deadline for a cleaner Spokane River dominates Mayor David Condon’s 2015 budget proposal, which he released earlier today. The $585 million budget plan is in many ways a continuation...

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MONDAY, AUG. 4, 2014

Help for procrastinating voters

So you found that ballot on the counter and had one of those "Oops" moments. As in "Oops, I meant to figure out who deserves my vote in that legislative/county/congressional race. But I forgot." Not too late. One of the advantages of all mail voting...

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Time running out on those ballots 

If you still have your primary ballot somewhere around the house, well you're pretty much like most people in Washington. Less than a fourth of all ballots in Spokane County had been returned as of Monday morning, and elections officials' optimistic scenario has a turnout...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 2, 2014

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