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Democrats have tough task in 5th Congressional District

Consider the plight of the Democrats trying to take back Eastern Washington’s congressional seat, a spot they once held for 30 years. Until a few days before filing week opened June 7, they had no announced candidate and no hope of wresting the seat from three-term Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a former state legislator who advanced rapidly into GOP leadership circles within the U.S. House of Representatives.

Palin to join Fox News as contributor, pundit

NEW YORK – Sarah Palin might not be taking on Oprah, but the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate has made good on predictions that she has a future in television. The former Alaska governor is joining Fox News as a contributor, an executive at the cable news network said Monday, confirming news first reported by the New York Times. Palin will appear as a commentator on programs across the network, joining a lineup of pundits that includes fellow conservatives Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. She will also help host a recurring series that profiles everyday Americans.

County attorney says Fox funding was legal

Spokane County commissioners shifted the source of funding for The Fox theater this week, but their attorney insisted the original plan to take money from the county’s share of the hotel-motel tax was legal. Deputy Prosecutor Jim Emacio, the county’s chief civil attorney, said the county has given some of that tax money to The Fox or the Spokane Symphony off and on since 1985. The amounts have ranged from $10,000 in the early years to a high of $22,000 in 1999.

County shifts funds for Fox contribution

Spokane County commissioners shifted the source of funding for The Fox theater this week, but their attorney insisted the original plan to take money from the county’s share of the hotel-motel tax was legal.

County rebuffed on funding Fox

Spokane County will have to come up with a new plan to give money to the renovated Fox Theater. The old plan – to take about $21,000 a year from the county’s share of the hotel-motel tax – is illegal, the county’s Hotel Motel Tax Advisory Board told county commission Chairman Todd Mielke on Monday. The advisory board balked at the 2010 budget proposal for an estimated $405,000 the county expects to collect from the lodging tax. Collections are projected to be down, and the Spokane Convention and Visitors Bureau will see its payment cut from $275,000 to $250,000. The Spokane Regional Sports Commission would be frozen at $75,000.

Symphony rolls with Beethoven

The Spokane Symphony staged a Beethoven mini-festival over the weekend with two excellent concerts at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Conductor Eckart Preu took the highly appreciative audience from Beethoven’s First Symphony into his innovative middle period, with stops at the Fifth Symphony and the Violin Concerto. Both concerts were filled with the kind of festive dramatics that is Beethoven’s trademark.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fox has surrendered its claim to credibility

Perhaps you are familiar with an old saying: even a broken clock is right twice a day. I’ve found that maxim valuable as I wade through the recent hand-wringing and recrimination among journalists and their critics over the fact that most mainstream media were slow to pick up on the story of corruption at ACORN. New York Times ombudsman Clark Hoyt (a former colleague) and Andrew Alexander, his counterpart at the Washington Post, are among those who have asked whether that laggard performance reflects an unfortunate deafness to conservative media. As one of my readers put it, “There is a lot wrong with ACORN, and Fox was the only channel talking about it.”

Urban designs honored

Sixteen buildings, projects and organizations received recognition in the second Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. The awards, presented every two years after consideration by the Spokane Design Review Committee, went to projects as diverse as the restored Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox and the city’s new pools, a skate park in Hillyard and the Riverpoint campus of Washington State University and Eastern Washington University near downtown.