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Spin Control archive for Oct. 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014

Late endorsements just in 

Spokane Mayor David Condon endorsed Ozzie Knezovich for sheriff, which is not hugely surprising but interesting for a couple of wrinkles. First Knezovich's main law enforcing area is outside the Spokane city limits and Condon has his own police chief for things inside those lines.…

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Mock election results in 

Given a chance to vote on some items on this year's ballot, Washington students supported wider background checks for gun sales and smaller classroom sizes for themselves. The Secretary of State's office traditionally holds a mock election for students from kindergarten through high school, with…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers have final debate today 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas have their third and final debate today at the Lincoln Center. The debate is sponsored by Greater Spokane Incorporated, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce, a lineup that…

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Finalists for Huntington Park plaza

The city's plan commission recommended three names for the new plaza next to City Hall to the City Council this week, and the names reflect recent history and Native culture. The commission, which has been discussing the names since July, suggested naming the plaza after…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

State, county lose round in PCB dispute

OLYMPIA – Spokane County’s new wastewater treatment plant will need a new permit that measures the amount of a cancer-causing chemical it’s putting in the Spokane River, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled. Judge Eric Price agreed with a state Pollution Control Hearings Board…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 26, 2014

Last call for voter registration

Washington residents who want to do something about the prospect of poor turnout for the November election but aren’t registered to vote have one last chance. If they are eligible – American citizens, state residents, over 18 and haven’t lost the right to vote by…

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Sunday Spin2: Is WA 'the bluest state'? 

The Hill, meanwhile, came up a with a formula that declared Washington the nation’s bluest state. We could be more comfortable about that title if its researchers had been a bit more diligent in their research. . . To read the rest of this item,…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 25, 2014

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

McMorris Rodgers, Pakootas debate on Thursday 

The second debate between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas will air Thursday night on KSPS-TV and KXLY 920 AM radio. Pakootas, the chief executive officer of the Colville Tribe Federal Corp., is running against McMorris Rodgers, a Republican seeking her sixth…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Roundtable: Road projects have big payoff

OLYMPIA – Washington would get a major economic boost by finishing the North Spokane Corridor and some other major road projects worth $7 billion, a state business group said Tuesday. It faces significant costs and problems if the Legislature continues to deadlock over some type…

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Spokane mayor, city attorney seek ethics upgrade

This week, the city of Spokane is holding two public meetings about its proposed update to the city's ethics code. “This update formalizes our commitment to deliver outstanding service through greater transparency,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon in a statement. “The proposed updates establish a…

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MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

Board clears Sen. Roach on foreign travel

OLYMPIA -- A complaint against an Auburn legislator for taking an improper trip to Turkey and Azerbaijan last year was dismissed by the Legislative Ethics Board. Some of the allegations were outside its authority, the board said, and the trip involved enough official and educational…

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Johnson denies disclosure allegations 

Mary Lou Johnson said she's complying with state laws regarding campaign finance disclosure after a complaint was filed targeting a recent television ad and mailings. Michael Cathcart, government affairs director at the Spokane Home Builders Association, sent a copy of his complaint to the Spokesman-Review…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

Sunday Spin: Where does McMorris Rodgers live? 

At least once a week, and more frequently during election season, the newspaper gets a call, a letter, an e-mail or an online comment alleging a scandal about Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Sometimes it comes in a conspiratorial query just above a whisper. Other times it’s…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

Spokane retail pot sales top $1.9 million 

Legal marijuana operations in Spokane County are reporting more money from sales than any of the state’s other 38 counties — almost $3.6 million worth of sales from licensed growers, processors and recreational marijuana stores since sales began this summer. Clark County’s two recreational marijuana…

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