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Spin Control archive for Sept. 2014


But will he dance `Gangnam Style' 

Former Attorney General and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna will headline an Oktoberfest fundraiser in Spokane next month for state Sen. Michael Baumgartner. McKenna lost his bid for the governor's office two years ago but produced perhaps one of the campaign season's most memorable moments…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2014

Warning: Light blogging ahead

Spin Control will be a bit less active for two weeks. The political staff in Spokane will be contributing items but primary writer Jim Camden is out of the office. In the meantime, here's an early reminder: You've got until Oct. 6 to sign up…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 20, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2014

Nov election turnout prediction: 62 percent

OLYMPIA -- Slightly less than two out of three Washington voters are likely to cast ballots in the November general election, Secretary of State Kim Wyman estimated today. The 62 percent she's predicting is about twice the turnout of the August primary, but less than…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014


Spokane skywalk staircase comes down 

If a skywalk staircase comes down and no one's around to see it, does it make a sound? Okay, there were plenty of people to see it slowly get dismantled at the corner of Main Avenue and Howard Street, but we were a little disappointed…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014

Cantwell to NFL: Give up 'Skins or tax break 

The NFL would lose its not-for-profit status, and millions of dollars, if the Washington Redskins don't change their names under a bill being introduced soon by Sen. Maria Cantwell. The Washington state Democrat joined the National Congress of American Indians in calling for the name…

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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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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



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