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Buck Knives nervous about Customs language

There’s a switchblade fight going on in Congress. Depending on who wins, North Idaho could bleed jobs. This is not some latter-day version of the Sharks and the Jets, minus the choreography. It’s even nastier, because it takes place in an even more dangerous neighborhood: federal regulations.

Spin Control: Looking to run? Take my advice

For some, spring means it’s time to train for Bloomsday or get the Hoopfest team together. For others it’s time to lose a few pounds, tone up the abs or biceps and get ready for the lake. But for anyone planning to run for office, spring is the time to get moving. The state moved the primary up to August a couple of years back, and all the other deadlines moved up, too. To have a campaign in full swing by June, you need to make up your mind pretty quickly.

Spin Control: Schools fared well, but city misfired on appeal to voters

Asking voters for more money in a recession is a difficult task. The government entities that made that request last week probably didn’t know how bad the economy was going to look by election day, so most of them had to be at least relieved by the result. Most, but not all. The city of Spokane’s request for an $18.5 million bond issue was soundly thumped on Tuesday, while school districts were passing levies and the Spokane School District – which shares most of the same voters as the city – floated its bond.

Spin Control: Guard training sparks a Web of far-fetched rumors

A platoon of reservists from the 455th Engineering Co. took a walk down a street in Hayden last month and made a right turn into the blogosphere. Once there, they inadvertently fanned the flame for folks worried that any minute now, the gummint’s coming to get their guns, yank down their Stars and Stripes, and make them put a hand on the Quran to swear allegiance to the New World Order. That wasn’t where the soldiers were headed when they left the Hayden Reserve Center during their one-weekend-a-month obligation on Feb. 8. They were trying to make do, after the heavy snow forced them to cancel the scheduled exercise, and their commander decided to go to Plan B.

Spin Control: All signs point to drivers’ confusion

The city of Spokane has created a new type of parking sign in downtown, and a new parking district. And, shockingly enough, it has people confused. Drivers passing around the Fox, the Bing and the Knitting Factory may have noticed the signs and wondered, “What the …?”

Spin Control: Another dime for a gallon of gas? We’re unimpressed

Driving past the corner gasoline station each day, watching prices ratchet up a dime at a time, it seems that it may be a curse to have a long memory. Not as in “I remember when a gallon of gas was a quarter,” although I do. More in terms of “I remember when a 10-cent increase in gasoline was a big deal.”

Tanker contract should go to winner

With the U.S. House and Senate competing with each other to see who can add what to the stimulus package, one might think all the crazy ideas to spend taxpayer money are just about used up. One would be wrong, of course.