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THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

Murray backs Obama's plan not to negotiate 

The new leader of the U.S. Senate’s Budget Committee said Tuesday that Republican threats to shutdown the government are irresponsible. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said there will be opportunities to negotiate budget cuts without crafting a deal around increasing the county’s borrowing limit. “The…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

Former County Commissioner Mark Richard lands new job 

Former Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard will lead downtown Spokane main business group. The Downtown Spokane Partnership announced today that Richard started this week as the organization’s new president. In September, the partnership’s board fired then-president Mike Tedesco, who earned $95,000 a year in the…

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2012

Spokane to close its IMAX at end of year 

The IMAX at Riverfront Park only will be open for six months. The Spokane Park Board on Thursday voted unanimously to close the theater after Dec. 31. It will open for six months in the spring. Park officials estimated that shortening the schedule would save…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

Stuckart's home burglarized a second time 

Spokane City Councilman Ben Stuckart used first-hand experience when arguing at Monday's council meeting that the city should hire more cops. Two weeks ago, when he and his wife were in Seattle, someone knocked in the back door of their home. It was the second…

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

McMorris Rodgers wins leadership battle 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won the fourth highest position in the House of Representatives today in a closed meeting of House Republicans, The Hill, Politico and other media are reporting. McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, was elected chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. It ranks just…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 13, 2012

THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012


THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012

McKenna calls Koster's comment on rape "innapropriate" 

Rob McKenna, the Republican nominee for governor, has called remarks made by a Republican candidate for Congress in a close race in western Washington “inappropriate.” John Koster, who is running in the Congressional district that includes Seattle suburbs and Mount Vernon, told a liberal activist…

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

Did Shea break pledge to Republican group? 11 

In August, state Rep. Matt Shea appeared to be mending bridges in the local Republican Party. He attended a meeting of the Republicans of Spokane County and won the group's endorsement. The Republicans of Spokane County is an organization that formed a few years ago…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Notes from a Democratic rally

About 150 gathered for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign rally this evening in Spokane at the Lincoln Center. There wasn’t much we haven’t heard on the trail before, so here are a few miscellaneous thoughts: -- The Democrats appear enthused about the race for Congress.…

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Complaint filed against flyers targetting McLaughlin 

Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that appear to be printed with a copy machine or computer printer criticize McLaughlin, a Republican,…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Condon relents on ombudsman

Spokane’s first police ombudsman will keep his job for another year. Mayor David Condon decided in August not to renew Ombudsman Tim Burns’ three-year contract. The move angered some City Council members, who questioned why Condon was willing to let the city go without an…

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MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

Watch Billig, McLaughlin make their pitch

Today, we launch a series of videos on local election, giving candidates a chance to explain their platform and positions on several issues. We'll start with the race for state Senate in central Spokane between state Rep. Andy Billig and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin.…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

McMorris Rodgers, Cowan debate for first time

The Democratic opponent of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the November election used much of the first debate for Congressional seat representing Spokane working to portray the incumbent Republican as an engrained fixture in a bickering Congress. But McMorris Rodgers used her time 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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