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Spin Control: Local recounts pass election scrutiny

Some Republican legislators seem to want the American election process to be drawn, quartered and a head stuck on a pike outside the Capitol for a period before the whole body politic is sewn back together and reanimated.

Spin Control: Can ‘bipartisan’ mean whatever a politician says it means?

Sometimes in politics, it seems as though we are through the looking glass like Alice, where Humpty Dumpty contends that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” That’s how I feel when I hear the term “bipartisan legislation”, which seems to mean exactly what the politician speaking wants it to mean.

Spin Control: Some awards to mark 2020’s political highs and lows

Before slamming shut the book on 2020 – a year the numerical equivalent of perfect vision but which often made us wish we could close our eyes and keep them shut – Spin Control wants to keep with tradition and award some of the political and government highlights and lowpoints of 2020.

Spin Control: The annual 12 Trivias of Christmas

Each year, Spin Control takes a break from politics around Christmas, partly because if the wolf can lie down with the lamb, as the Prophet Isaiah said, liberal progressives can raise a glass with conservative populists and Valley Republicans can share fruitcake with Spokane Democrats. In masks and socially distanced, of course.

Spin Control: A ‘Hanukkah miracle’ out of the Democratic office fire

When an apparently disturbed man wandered into the Spokane County Democratic Party headquarters earlier this month claiming to have a bomb and later setting parts of that building on fire, it would have been easy to say nothing good could come of this other than the fact that no one was seriously injured.