The Incredible, Pedal-able, Spokane Party Trolley

You may have seen the Spokane Party Trolley downtown and  wondered just what the heck it was. It is a human-pedal-powered mobile that holds up to eight cyclists and seven more passengers. It is available for rental from Nina.

Nina let me ride on a couple different tours last week. The first group was a birthday party and the second was a bachelorette party. We started at the Saranac Building and made a loop downtown stopping at a few different bars. It was a complete blast. I have never seen people have so much fun. Read the rest of this entry

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Candidate Amy Biviano for the 4th LD in Spokane County has built a growing list of Republican endorsements because of her even  temperament, business experience, and her ability to work across party lines. The 4th Legislative District includes Spokane Valley and has historically been very conservative.  Challenger Amy Biviano may have a chance at beating Matt Shea. Read the rest of this entry

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Nancy McLaughlin Wins: The Biggest Union Basher!

Nancy, you won.  However, it really was not a contest. You did not have to prove to everyone in Spokane that you are the biggest labor union basher on the Spokane City Council.

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(Letter-to-the-Editor  from Bart Haggin) Mayor Condon seems to want to want to appeal to his base by picking Frank Straub for “Police Chief” but that could make his re-election less than iffy.

David Condon’s ideology and his past political experience might tempt him to pick a promoter of the privatization of public services but this guy would be a bad choice. Read the rest of this entry

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Democrat Rich Cowan for Congress on Primary Night 2012

Democratic Rich Cowan was happy on Tuesday night.  He held Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris-Rodgers in the 5th Congressional Race to 55% of the primary vote.  That was 7% lower for her than in 2010 when she got 62%.  All the money she spent did not appear to help her very much.  It may have even hurt her.  If people don’t like what you stand for and don’t like your style of partisan politics, more TV commercials will not result in more votes.

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Democrat Marcus Riccelli attributes his primary 3rd LD victory for the State House to his message, volunteers, and strategic campaigning.

With most of the votes count, Marcus Riccelli essentially cinched his first campaign victory as a candidate. He held his celebration party at the historic Toad Hall this last Tuesday in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane.

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Nancy McLaughlin, Spokane is Laughing

Nancy McLaughlin candidate for the Washington State Legislature was caught faking the support of the well-liked Ben Stuckart.  Stuckart was a bit angry, and he wants to make it loud and clear that he does NOT support Republican Nancy McLaughlin in her bid for a 3rd Legislative District Washington State Senate seat against Democrat Andy Billig.

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he didn’t give City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin permission to use a picture of him on a campaign mailer for state Senate. Read the rest of this entry

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Janitors Rally to Rebuild the Middle Class (Update)

Spokane Area Office Cleaners Organize for Good Jobs & Strong Communities:  The Janitors and window washers who clean, and maintain office buildings in the Spokane area gathered in Downtown Spokane on Saturday, July 21, to march and rally in support of their statewide contract campaign for “Good Jobs and Strong Communities.” Spokane janitor’s remain some of the  lowest paid in the state.  After a short rally, the cleaning professionals from SEIU Local 6 marched from downtown office building to downtown office building that they cleaned and help maintain.  Spokane City Council Member, and candidate for the 3rd Legislative District, Jon Snyder attended to show his support.  Read the rest of this entry

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Walmart is Detroying Us

(Posted for Keith Milligan) In 1976, I was working at a small family owned hardware store in Covington, LA. It was enough to  support me and my new family until Wal-Mart came to town. My hrs. were cut in half which caused considerable financial hardship on me as the sole provider, at the time, of our young family. Needless to say, I don’t shop at Wal-Mart, with such a negative impact on my personal finances caused by their arrival into my hometown at the time.

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I have been hearing for years that the 3rd Legislative District, Spokane, WA, is the poorest in the State of Washington.  However, no one has ever offered me a evidence for that claim.  I finally got around to checking into it.  It is true enough.  The 3rd LD is one of the poorest in the states and contains some of the poorest neighborhoods in Spokane City and County.  It is interesting that the 3rd LD is also one of the most Democratic in the State but with one of the lowest voter registration and voter turnout rates.

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