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TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011


THURSDAY, OCT. 6, 2011

MONDAY, OCT. 3, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 30, 2011

Condon revises water rate ad 

Mayoral candidate David Condon has released a new version of a campaign ad attacking Mayor Mary Verner for water rates. Condon said in an email that changes were made based on a truth-test article about the ad that ran in Saturday's Spokesman-Review. A quick review…

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Verner doesn't blame Hession 

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said last week that a campaign statement on the Otto Zehm matter wasn't meant to pin blame on others. Responding to a news release criticizing her response to the Otto Zehm cases from her election opponent, David Condon, Verner released her…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2011

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2011


FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

Truth test: Condon's new ad on water rates 

Fresh off the City Council’s vote to raise water rates for next year, Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon released a new commercial this week attacking that decision. The ad so far is running only on YouTube, but he said it likely will hit TV airwaves…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2011

Spokane City Councilman Richard Rush's new campaign flier, which is being left at front doors this month, has a cellphone bar code that links to a YouTube campaign video. (Jonathan Brunt)

Rush, Stuckart lead race in campaign technology

New technology often surfaces in campaigns -- whether it was candidate websites, scientific polling, automated calling, Facebook, Twitter, or plastic yard signs. City Council President hopeful Ben Stuckart and City Councilman Richard Rush appear to be the first local candidates using the latest technology to…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 15, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2011

TUESDAY, AUG. 30, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011

Animal shelter tax gets boost from City Council

A unified regional animal control system won important, though qualified, support tonight from city leaders. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to endorse Mayor Mary Verner’s stance on a proposed nine-year county property tax that would pay for a new animal shelter for the Spokane…

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Wheelabrator will manage incinerator 3 more years 

City leaders tonight agreed for the second time this year to a deal that keeps Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant open another three years. The Spokane City Council voted 6-1 to approve an operating contract with Wheelabrator, the Waste Management subsidiary that has operated the plant since…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011

David Condon is no Jim West 11 

David Condon opened his campaign declaring that Mary Verner was no David Rodgers (the last mayor to win a second term). On Tuesday night, Condon offered some reasons for hope for his campaign, comparing his run to Jim West's 2003 bid for mayor. Condon said…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 16, 2011

Expect only one vote count tonight

Today is Washington's primary election. If you want to vote, you must cast your ballot by 8 p.m. by dropping it in a ballot drop box, or in a mailbox that is certain to be collected in time to get postmarked with today's date. Spokane…

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MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011

THURSDAY, AUG. 11, 2011


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

TUESDAY, AUG. 9, 2011


The politics of water rates 

What might be the most curious thing about the current City Council debate on water rates is the timing. Here the council is debating what may be the biggest political hot potato of the year even though ballots are sitting on kitchen tables ready to…

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Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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