Spin Control archive for July 2008

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: Britney is showing up in campaign commercials. Really. (We can't make this up, it's too bizarre.)She has a quick cameo in the latest McCain ad:And, very quickly, there's a counter ad that hits back.Maybe it's time for a third video, a new version...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Latest poll: In Washington state, it's Obama 48 percent, McCain 37 percent; Gregoire 47 percent, Rossi 45 percent, in the latest Strategic Vision survey. More on that survey later today.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated PressMcCain tries balancing act: brags...

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

Tuesday quickie political briefing

Today's video: What does Sen. Larry Craig have to do with the military's Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy? The Center for Military Readiness's Elaine Donnelly explains, with a little help from The Daily Show.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Economic and...

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008

Friday videos: Talk among yourselves on the war

Spin Control 2.0 has a three-day weekend this week. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about.Today's videos are two different takes on the war, and the people who have fought it, and the presidential campaign.For the sake of discussion, who's is closer to...

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THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: Two takes on Obama's international tourHere's an MSNBC clip on his Berlin stopHere's the Daily Show's take on his Middle East swing. (We're guessing this will get more hits.)Here are today's headlines in the presidential race from the Associated PressObama tells enormous Berlin...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: The McCain campaign vid saying the media's in the tank for ObamaWaddya think? Are they right, or are they whining? Click here to comment.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated PressObama praises US ties with Israel, promises to push...

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008

On the attack: The latest prez ads

Some of the hardest hitting and most innovative ads in the presidential campaign are being run by outsiders right now.Here's one from the Service Employees union that tries to take on McCain by taking advantage of the debut of "Mama Mia" (which, probably to their...

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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008

League forums on TV

The League of Women Voters held a series of forums recently for congressional, judicial and legislative candidates, and they plan on showing them on cable television.Over and over.So if you miss them one day, chances are you'll have another shot at seeing them before the...

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SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2008

Help a reader out: Is anyone worth your vote?

A concerned (or maybe angry? perplexed? disgusted?) reader writes:Can you give any good reason to vote for any of our present congressmen(women). They, not the president have failed the country. just what have they done in congress to solve the problem. After all they make...

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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008

Clothes maketh the event?

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke showed up at two different press conferences this week in very different attire.On Wednesday, he was present when the U.S. attorney, federal and local law enforcement agencies announced a big bust of drugs and guns, the result of an 18-month...

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THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008

Some yapping in the gov campaign

Everyone knows that the governor's race is getting heated. The two main protagonists don't much like each other, and their staffs shouldn't be allowed in the same room without a pass through the metal detector and armed guards to separate them.But now the campaign may...

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More on Michelle Obama in Seattle

Michelle Obama and Chris Gregoire, and about 1,600 of their supporters, raised an estimated $320,000 at the WaMu Theater at Safeco Field, the Associated Press reports.As would be expected, Michelle Obama complimented Gregoire, who complimented Barack Obama, so everyone was pretty much in sync.Shortly afterwards,...

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Counterprogramming Michelle Obama

Washington State Republicans our trying to smack Michelle Obama around online as she makes a campaign stop today in Seattle.They decided to take out after her "really proud of this country" comment from a few months ago -- yes, that is a way back in...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008

Warning: Deadline approaching

The deadline for registering to vote in Washington the easy way -- that is, filling out a form you get at a government office or off the Internet, and mailing it in -- is fast approaching.Those registration forms must be postmarked by Saturday to be...

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TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2008

Congress overrides Medicare veto

When Congress overrode President Bush's veto of the Medicare reimbursement bill on Tuesday, all members of the Washington delegation gave the veto the heave-ho.Republicans Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert voted with the Democrats in the House, and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria...

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Who's on first?

The latest bone of contention in the governor's race is: Poll numbers.Chris Gregoire's campaign last week was touting a poll that said she was leading 49 percent to 43 percent. It was conducted by Rasmussen Reports.Dino Rossi's campaign has a posting on its Web site...

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Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Jackson not the only one to forget about the mic (Warning: the language in this may be objectionable to some.)Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from the Associated Press: McCain calls for Afghanistan surgeObama says policy for war in Iraq not...

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FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: An ad that's fun, but probably not that effective. After all, what's it really about? House Democrats reserve nearly $35 million worth of TV ads in hopes of gains in Nov. electionsGerman govt. says Obama visit being worked out, quiet on possible Brandenburg...

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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008

Gov money update

About a week ago, the gubernatorial campaigns jousted a bit over who raised the most money -- and how -- during the month of June. Seems the advantage goes to Chris Gregoire, thanks to a big assist from the state Democratic Party.As recounted in Spin...

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Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Religiosity affects presidential preference Rich Roesler is following the back and forth between the Gregoire and Rossi campaigns over videos, and videotaping, at Eye On Olympia.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Obama stresses equal pay, child care in...

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TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Word association with McCain & Obama Bush to Murray: Thanks for the asparagus Read about it hereWash. Biz leaders for McCain. Read about it here.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:McCain, Obama offer plans for Hispanic voters to...

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Biz leaders for McCain

John McCain's campaign this week announced a new group of supporters it calls Washington Small Business Leaders for McCain. The group is so big it has 34 chairmen/women. Or maybe that's just a sign of great leadership...they don't seem to have any members who aren't...

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MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Obama beating McCain among Hispanics Bonus Poll: Zogby says Obama way ahead in Electoral College. Click here for details.Are you a Republican or a Democrat? For those who aren't sure, take the test by clicking here.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign...

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SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008

Left wing, right wing or middle of the bird?

Many people know whether they're Republicans or Democrats.They've always been a Republican (or Democrat). They're father was always a Republican. Their grandfather was always a Republican. Their great-grandfather was a...Whig? Free Soil Nebraskan?Whatever.But other people aren't so sure, or so committed.For them, we offer a...

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THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008

Registering a concern

Secretary of State Sam Reed asked Washington’s congressional delegation Thursday to make sure veterans will receive any assistance they need registering to vote, but a spokeswoman for the VA Medical Center in Spokane said local veterans get that help.Reed said he was concerned that a...

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