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Political Pies

I feel obligated to report this information, even if it’s trivial to some. There were free pies at Monday night’s city council meeting. It was National Pie Day and that’s how they celebrated. It was like a runway of pies. One right after another, lighting the way to a pyramid of forks.

There were so many pies to go around that at the end of the meeting, by order of the council president, pretty much everyone had to leave with one.

On the agenda this evening was a resolution to approve the city’s revised mission statement. Mayor David Condon came downstairs to introduce the statement, but before he strolled into the council chambers, he stopped for some pie.

This was an irresistible opportunity to strike up harmless conversation about pie favsies.

“What’s your favorite kind of pie?” I asked.

He responded with a chuckle, “Ooh, I don’t know. Are you going to blog this? Like you did with the cookies?”

At this point I’m just tickled that he remembered that one time at a neighborhood council meeting where I noticed what kind of cookie he selected.

It was Councilman Jon Snyder who recommended the  Dutch Apple Pie and after a quick taste test, Condon decided that flavor was his favorite.

“Once in a while, we need to celebrate these great things [National Pie Day],” Condon said to the council explaining that there was free pie for the taking.

@Soccermom_Susie Shares #Snowkane Scheme

Photo Credit: Soccermom Susie

Where were you when the snow began to fall? Some quickly made it indoors while others practically ran outside to photograph #Snowkane‘s first “winter storm” of the season. It wasn’t incredibly interesting weather experience. The real moments of the evening happened on Twitter where award-winning weather coverage hash-tagged away.

I put out a call for photos before I exited the station on Wednesday evening. I knew there could be an epic amount of snow picture coverage the following morning.

I was surprised to find one submission from a “Sally Soccer”. That’s interesting, right? The email address revealed: soccermomsusie@hotmail.com.

I’ve been emailed by the infamous Soccermom Susie who wants to share her epic weather pics. However, I think she sent me a picture from #Snowpocalypse 2009 because I don’t think we’ve had this much snow quite yet.

Anywho. Susie says she has her “trail cam” ready for “funny happening”. Apparently this is the wheel chair ramp belonging to the “dorky kid next door”.

Last week she stated she’d be using the ramp as a drawbridge for the moat she may dig to protect her home from Spokane’s 99%. I suggested she fill the moat with shark/marmot hybrids. She thought it was a good idea.

@blushresponse Good idea. I will use the wheelchair ramp from next door for a drawbridge. But it’ll cost millions to fill the moat. VERNER!”

In the meantime, if you snap a sweet photo of “weather” — in the making, send it to nicoleh@kxly.com.

Twitter: Follow @Soccermom_Susie, the hottest cougar the Tea Party has to offer.

SpoCats Hate Elections

It’s a thought we weren’t willing to accept, but now there is no denying. SpoCats hate elections. They’re un-American, freedom-hating creatures of doom.  We learned that during the August primary.

Inge, one-half of the menacing duo, had previously expressed rage and ripped up the ballot like it was a flirtatious squirrel. Just today we found her taking her pent-up anger out on the state issued voter’s guide.

Inge says the system is whack and needs change.

“Meow. Meoow. Meoooooooooooow. Merooow. Mrow. Meow,” Inge meowed, but declined to explain further.

Mishe was unavailable for comment.

This is What Happens When I Miss City Council Meetings

It sounds like George McGrath was up to no good once again over at the city council chambers. Word reached me that he was kicked out of Monday’s meeting. Not so much kicked out literally, but asked to leave and escorted out by security. Public comment was being taken about the police ombudsman oversight rules. Apparently some words were said that broke some rules…

Here’s what Jonathon Brunt, Spokesman-Review said what happened:

Shogan ordered one attendee, conservative radio talk show host George McGrath, to leave when he used the word “murder” when referencing Zehm. Another man, David Brookbank, later shouted from the back of the chambers for Shogan “to stop his abuse” of those who testify. Brookbank, who agreed to leave after his outburst, appeared to be frustrated that Shogan repeatedly mispronounced his name. – (Read more at The Spokesman-Review)

I double checked the city council packet that has rules of addressing the council and no mention of derogatory statements were found. The only rule that could affect the spewage of opinion could be bullet point No. 4.

“In order that evidence and expressions of opinion be included in the record and that decorum befitting a deliberative process be maintained, modes of expression such as demonstration, banners, applause and the like will not be permitted.” – (Read more at Spokane City Council)

It doesn’t look like McGrath technically broke that rules, but take a look at the exact dialogue yourself transcribed from Monday’s city council meeting:

McGrath: …and here we have the police guild, our thin blue line, which is so protected by the citizens of Spokane… that they murder some of our…
Shogan: Okay, Mr. McGrath. You’re done. Sit down.
McGrath:Why?
Shogan: Two reasons: you’re off topic and you’re talking about murder.
McGrath: What do you call it when somebody is killed?
Shogan: Well, that’s homicide. You’re arguing a case you can’t even argue about. *motions to officer* He’s out of here.
McGrath: Your freedom of speech leaves something to be desired, Mr.Shogan.
Shogan: So is your knowledge of the facts.
McGrath was then escorted out by the city council security, an officer of Spokane Police.
Check out this rule in the council packet:
“There will be an opportunity for the expression of public views on any issue not relating to the Current or Advance Agendas during the Open Forum at the conclusion of the Legislative Agenda.” – (Read more at Spokane City Council)
Either McGrath was off-topic and Shogan had every right to cease his comment or Shogan had every right to cease his comment. What do you think? 
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Proof: Cats Are Un-American, Freedom-Hating Creatures of Doom

Employees of the Spokane County Elections Office filled out 49 provisional ballots for Tuesday’s primary election. When the mailed out ballots fail the voter, the Elections Office sends them to the nearest Elections Center, and yes they still exist.

Either for nostalgia, habit or pure panic, you can cast your vote either standing up or sitting down. Out of pure curiosity, I visited the Election’s Office..

After a quick tour, Spokane County elections manager, Mike Mclaughlin explained the provisional ballot system during their busy post-election work-day. For any reason, people may mosey in with any number of reasons. The first priority is always to make voting available to anyone that wants to..

There were five elections centers and each had their own curiosities. Here’s a couple of selections:.

North Spokane Library:

  • “I made a messy mistake on my original ballot.”
  • “I forgot about election day.”
  • Two people stated they didn’t get a ballot.

Center Place (Spokane Valley):

  • “I lost my ballot.”

STA Plaza:

  • 38 provisional ballots were filled out, but no comments were listed due to the concept explained by McLaughlin, “Don’t ask questions. If they want to vote, here it is.” (As long as they’re registered.)

St. Mark’s Church:

  • “I moved.”
  • “I didn’t have a ballot with my home address.”
  • “I mailed my ballot after 7 p.m.”
  • “I mailed my ballot without a stamp.”
  • “I lost my ballot.”
  • “My cat ate my ballot.”

Wait, what? A cat ate a ballot?.

True story. As luck would have it, it was my cat that ate my ballot. At 7 p.m. as I walked into the kitchen to grab a bite to eat before running off to the South Hill Library, I heard the sound of disaster. I ran into the living room to find Inge ripping my ballot to shreds..

I arrived at the St. Mark’s elections center at 7:45 p.m. and after all the paperwork was done, I was the last voter to cast their vote for the primary election at 8 p.m., the voting deadline..

And then I got a “I voted” sticker.

Political Cookies


Remember that time I talked about the neighborhood council meeting cookies? There’s something amazing about them. They’re always the best at Comstock Neighborhood Council meetings. Maybe it’s the memories of my childhood finally catching up to me, or maybe it’s the perfect balance of high fructose corn syrup.

They’re a watering hole for neighborhood guests. Today’s agenda brought an informal mayoral candidate forum. Three candidates have announced their candidacy. Current Mayor Mary Verner, former McMorris Rodgers deputy chief, David Condon and then Christopher Fenton… some dude. Fenton failed to show, but Verner and Condon arrived to the meeting to sit through a hour of discussion over trees, bus routes and neighbors4neighborhoods.

Political commentary is not my cup of tea. I look for the more subtle things in life that the normal person might not notice. Example: David Condon chose a white chocolate chunk with macadenia nut cookie for his cookie pleasure at the beginning of the meeting. Those are my favorite. Mayor Verner did not take a cookie.

It wasn’t until the end of the meeting that observation came in handy. Council chair, Sally Fullmer told everyone to have a great evening and have a cookie. Condon chimed in to say, “Yes, and try the chocolate chip! They’re great.”

…But he didn’t have a chocolate chip cookie…

What’s Your Pet Peeve About Spokane Streets?

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The Brownes Addition neighborhood council meetings are always very interactive and engaging. They begin by going around the room with introductions and answering a question of the month.

This month’s question was: What’s your biggest pet peeve about Spokane streets?

Mayor Mary Verner who was in attendance answered, “my biggest pet peeve is not having a no-cost solution to fixing streets.”

Councilman Jon Snyder, also in attendance, responded, “I hate seeing people in wheel chairs unable to access sidewalks.”

To learn more about this evenings city council meeting, follow my tweets!

What’s your biggest pet peeve about Spokane streets?

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