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  • Weak Tea
  • Weak Tea

    Despite a nation in the thrall of the Tea Party, the Inland Northwest won’t turn out many votes for the right-wing movement.
      It was tax day. The sun was out, and local Tea Party members — hundreds and hundreds of them — gathered on the cement banks of the Spokane River across from the clock tower. And they didn&
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  • Coup D'Tea
  • Coup D'Tea

    Why would anyone want to talk solutions during an election?
      It’s been an odd strategy. After winding up on the losing end of the biggest presidential blowout since the Reagan era, the Republican Party, with the nation at war and in economic crisis, decided to sit the next two years out. While Obama offered the politics of hope, the GOP became the party of nope.
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  • Going Up
  • Going Up

    Wanted: an elevator inspector. Plus, Idaho's Walt Minnick on the Tea Party, and more.
      Calling all elevator inspectors. The city of Spokane is hiring. This week, the City Council voted 5-2 to double elevator inspection fees to cover the cost of a second elevator inspector for the city.
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  • Initiative Infirmity
  • Initiative Infirmity

    An effort by local activists to repeal the mayor’s sustainability programs gets derailed.
      “The first initiative is subject to legal challenge because it attempts to amend both the City Charter and the Spokane Municipal Code in one initiative,” Piccolo concluded in his memo last week. “The second initiative suffers from the same infirmity.”.
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  • After the Vote
  • After the Vote

    Rupert Murdoch invites Sarah Palin and Rod Blagojevich to join the right-wing charlatans’ club
      Apparently my assessment of Rupert Murdoch has not been quite on the money. I have always regarded him to be an exploitive right-wing buccaneer whose sense of propriety and decency is to taste what se
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  • Sam's the Man
  • Sam's the Man

    Old Samuel Adams could help brew up a better Tea Party
      Remember the WTO protests back in 1999? Breaking windows at Starbucks, police in riot gear? I’ll always remember one protester who, when asked about her group’s grievance, could only say s
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  • Tea Party All-Star
  • Tea Party All-Star

    Pam Stout has gone from a quiet, North Idaho grandma to a late-night television cameo
      “I’m basically just a grandma from Idaho,” says Pam Stout, 66, of Sagle. Yet this Idaho grandmother, a newcomer to politics who heads the Sandpoint Patriots Tea Party group, has rece
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  • Mad as Hell
  • Mad as Hell

    Why ex-Republicans, right-wing radicals and a few crazies love the Tea Party
      Thomas Dixon is a red-blooded American, a military man and a citizen who absolutely despises his government. The Spokane Valley resident despises what he sees as a tyrannical president and a new healt
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