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THURSDAY, AUG. 12, 2010

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 11, 2010

MONDAY, AUG. 2, 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010

O'Quinn video on YouTube causes stir in GOP 17 

It's the case of the unknown videographer, and it highlights the tension between the campaigns of John Ahern and Shelly O'Quinn.A low-tech video of O'Quinn speaking to the Friday Morning Republican Breakfast Club was posted on YouTube on May 4. O'Quinn said she was unaware…

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Corker, Sandifur make it official 

City Councilman Steve Corker and his longtime significant other, Helen Sandifur, are officially married.Corker, who sometimes referred to Sandifur as his wife over the past few years, said in an interview this week that they were legally married in Las Vegas on June 29.Sandifur is…

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FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010

TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

Candidate says he's back in the running 

A day after announcing an end to his campaign, David Elton says he's back in the running for Spokane County Commission.On Monday, Elton wrote a news release announcing his departure from the race. Today, he told a Spokesman-Review reporter that he'll still be a candidate…

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Verner will sign ombudsman ordinance

UPDATE: City Spokeswoman Marlene Feist said this afternoon that Verner will sign the ordinance. Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said Tuesday that she supports the "overall intent" of the police oversight ordinance approved by City Council and "likely" will sign it.She added, however, that she still…

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Candidate drops bid for county commission

David Elton, a civic gadfly and former radio show host, announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for Spokane County Commission.Elton had filed to run as a Republican for the seat held by Democrat Bonnie Mager. Elton faces harassment charges related to e-mails he…

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Tree advocate nominated for Spokane Park Board 

An advocate for improving the city's urban forest has been nominated by Mayor Mary Verner to serve on the Spokane Park Board.Susan M. Ross Traver, a board member of Spokane Preservation Advocates, was selected from a dozen people considered for the job, said Marlene Feist,…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2010

Shogan says council will delay ombudsman vote 

It's past midnight here at the Spokane City Council. City Council President Joe Shogan recently announced that there will not be a vote tonight (or more accurately, this morning) about providing ombudsman the power to conduct independent investigation. But testimony is continuing. So far, a…

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MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010

Spokane buys warehouse for police evidence 

Mayor Mary Verner won unanimous support Monday for her plan to buy a police evidence warehouse and an office building by borrowing from the city's main investment fund. The council approved the purchases of the Gardner Building, 1427 W. Gardner, for $1.8 million and the…

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County assessor race loses conspiracy theorist

The race for county assessor has become less crowded, and perhaps, less interesting.A real estate agent working for the city of Spokane and apocalyptic author who announced he would run for county assessor dropped out of the race earlier this month and never filed.Terry L.…

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Will Parker get a Democratic opponent?

Less than three days left in candidate filing week, state Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, still has no opponent.Sixth Legislative District seats are highly competitive, but Democrats remain without a challenger to Parker, who unseated Rep. Don Barlow, D-Spokane, in 2008.Democratic officials haven't offered any names…

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MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010


THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Billig (The Spokesman-Review)

Billig gets Democratic nod over Apple, Chadez 12 

Spokane County Democratic Party officials voted this week to endorse Andy Billig for the Statehouse seat now held by Democratic Rep. Alex Wood.Billig, president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Blub, announced his candidacy last fall, before Woods announced his retirement. Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple…

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TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2010

Pay boost unlikely for Spokane City Council 

The looming $10 million deficit facing the city of Spokane for 2011 probably won't get worse from City Council pay.The Spokane Salary Review Commission is recommending a freeze in City Council salaries. The five-member commission voted unanimously earlier this year in favor of a freeze,…

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

City Council rejects 'Do Not Mail' concept 

Post Office employees are fighting back against a proposal to allow people to "opt out" from receiving bulk mail. On Monday, the Spokane City Council rejected a non-binding resolution asking the state Legislature to create a registry that would allow people to decline bulk mail.…

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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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