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The convention’s a wrap, here’s a wrapup

A well-organized group of supporters for Sen. John McCain got just about everything they wanted Saturday at the Washington State Republican Convention, except maybe a meeting that ended on time.

The 1,500-plus delegates elected the slates of national convention representatives and electors to the Electoral College the McCain campaign wanted. Supporters of the presumed Republican presidential nominee used their majority to quash debate on most controversial issues on the platform, then filed out in an attempt to close off discussion of some resolutions.

That last maneuver almost backfired, however, as supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul remained in their seats and held onto enough delegates to maintain a quorum. That led to more than an hour of parliamentary maneuvering.

Wilbur upheld, will convention continue

A roll call vote to determine whether convention chairman Kirby Wilbur needed a roll call vote to determine there was a quorum is over.

By a vote of 650 to 296, the convention says he was right in ruling he did not need that.

But now there’s a new problem. The convention was due to conclude at 5 p.m., and it’s 5:50 p.m.

They now are taking another roll call vote to determine whether they suspend the rules and continue debate on the resolutions.

If they get two-thirds yes, the convention continues. If not, it’s over.

Stay tuned.

Resolution on War Declarations passes

A resolution requiring the House of Representatives to vote for a Declaration of War for any military action passes to the cheers of the Ron Paul delegates.

A motion to extend the convention until “all business is concluded” will be voted on, and supporters of John McCain begin filing back into the convention hall.

Killing time

The quorum count continues at the Spokane Convention Center, and the delegates are restless.

They do “the wave” through the convention floor, but quickly tire of it.

They sing “God Bless America,” then “The Star Spangled Banner,” which prompts the delegates to stand and put their hands over their hearts.

Convention chair Kirby Wilbur says that they’re almost finished with the count, but because the delegates are standing, it’s getting difficult to count some areas.

They stop singing and sit down.

Mass exodus

So many delegates are leaving the hall that convention chairman Kirby Wilbur says the group may not have a quorum.

When alternates in the back of the room suggested he seat alternates with a “One man, one vote,” chant, Wilbur exploded with “Shut Up! How thick are you?”

He has repeatedly said alternates can’t be seated without the credentials of the leaving delegate.
Argument is continuing while delegates continue to file out.

Convention could be over soon.

On to resolutions

The Washington STate Republican Convention passed a packet of resolutions on points which include:

* an opposition to Initiative 1000, which would allow terminally ill persons to opt for suicide.

* making English the official of the United States.

* increasing the use of nuclear power.

* close the borders to illegal aliens.

* opposition to forcing pharmacists to dispense contraceptions.

* repealing the Constitutional amendment that allows for the imposition of a federal income tax.

* calls for a Constitutional amendment against abortion.

* repealing the state’s Growth Management Act.

No to state income tax

Convention delegates overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the platform calling for “a re-examination of the federal income tax, and opposition to the imposition of a state income tax.”

No one speaks against it.

Calling some things uncalled for

Some scurrilous things are circulating at the convention, chairman Kirby Wilbur says, and delegates should be aware that they don’t come from the party.

Spelling John McCain’s name with a hammer and sickle for the C is uncalled for, Wilbur says.
Suggesting Ron Paul is a racist is uncalled for, he adds.

With that, debate on the platform begins.

Afternoon session to start (relatively) soon

The Washington State Republican Convention should resume in a few minutes.

It was scheduled to reconvene at 1 p.m. (which everyone knew wouldn’t quite happen). But delegates are filing in to the Spokane Convention Center and Convention Chair Kirby Wilbur has asked them to please take their seats.

It usually takes several such admonitions to get going. Just a guess, but they should be up and running by 1:30 p.m.

Section on Family up for debate

GOP delegates agree to debate the platform section on Family issues. Among the points that may come up is the possibility of adding a “Human Life” amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It’s also a point on which John McCain and Ron Paul are generally in agreement.

Signs will stay

Motion to change the rules to outlaw signs on the convention floor fails, as the McCain people hold up NO signs.

A round of applause for Tom Jefferson

Convention Chairman Kirby Wilbur is reading the preamble to the platform as copies are being handed out.

He gets a big hand when reading the lines from the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator by certain unalienable rights…”

Who’s on those Unity slates

Here are the at-large delegates the state Republicans have chosen:

Unity slate maneuver

Ron Paul forces are asking to suspend the rules to elect a different slate of delegates to the national convention.

It’s being described as a “Unity Slate” and has well-known names such as former Sen. Slade Gorton and Rep. Cathy McMorris.

It will take a two-thirds vote to suspend the rules. If it passes, that will also elect the slate, convention chairman Kirby Wilbur says.

Lots of questions, so there may be a few minutes before they actually vote.

What to watch for at today’s GOP convention

The early part of the morning at the Washington State Republican Convention will involve some things that have little or no mystery to them.

Republicans have to elect 10 at-large delegates to the national convention. Seven are being awarded to John McCain and three to Mike Huckabee, based on the results of the Feb. 19 primary.

The McCain people have given state officials seven names, and the Huckabee people gave three. Those are the names on the ballot, and the only names that can receive votes. (One Ron Paul delegate, who said he was originally from Hungary, likened it to a Soviet process.)

Nominating electors to the Electoral College is also the province of the campaigns. Washington state gets 11; the McCain folks and the Paul folks can each pick a slate.

If the GOP candidate doesn’t win Washington in November, those electors have nothing to do. If he does, they go to Olympia in December to cast their votes in the process that really elects the president.

Paul forces pick up 4 delegates

Arizona Sen. John McCain may have the GOP nomination sewn up, but supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul picked up four national convention delegates and four alternates Friday at the Washington state convention.

McCain picked up the other 14 delegates and 14 alternates elected Friday. He’ll get another 19 delegates on Saturday, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will get three, in what’s expected to be a routine vote on the convention floor.

That means the final tally of Washington delegates headed to the national convention in Minneapolis should be 33 McCain, 4 Paul, 3 Huckabee.

In votes taken after the state delegates split into congressional district caucuses, Paul, a Texas congressman, had enough supporters to win two delegates and two alternates in Eastern Washington’s 5th District and the same in Southwestern Washington’s 3rd District, said Jeff Whiteside with the Paul campaign.

McCain swept the votes in the other seven congressional districts.

Talk among yourselves

The Washington Republican State Convention broke up into congressional district caucuses after lunch.

Delegates in each of the nine districts will select national convention delegates that are awarded through the precinct caucus process. They may also hear from candidates who want to run for the U.S. House in their district.

It’s this selection of national delegates where the Ron Paul supporters have their best chance of sending people to the convention in Minneapolis.

Caucuses are closed to the public, so we won’t know how things are going until they’re over.

Details to come, as they used to say in the old “legacy media” days.

Otter to be a no show

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is in the program as the keynote speaker for tonight’s banquet at the Washington GOP convention.

But the keynote speaker is going to look a lot like convention star Dino Rossi…

…because it will be Rossi. Otter has cancelled.

State GOP officials mentioned the switcheroo at the close of convention business early Friday afternoon. Otter had cancelled, but was supposedly sending a spokesman with a letter.

Rossi, who had already given his scheduled 10-minute address to the full convention (it actually clocked in at about 15 minutes, but who’s counting) would pitch hit.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who also spoke to the convention in the morning, will also take to the mike.

Idaho Bureau Chief Betsy Russell tracked down the reason, and discovered Otter has a more important audience. Or at least it’s one that the assembled Republicans in Spokane can’t feel slighted by.

Video excerpt from Dino Rossi speech

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McCain forces continue to win parliamentary fights

A series of votes on a seemingly small matter — whether to adopt the convention’s rules — bogged down in a series of motions and votes.

The supporters of Sen. John McCain seemed to have the upper hand, albeit slightly, winning majority votes to postpone a vote on the rules, hold roll call votes on their motions.

There were calls for questions, points of order and points of information.

At one point, State Chairman Luke Esser, who’s serving as the convention’s temporary chairman, got confused and said the Ayes had a close vote, then reversed himself to say the No’s had it.

Paul supporters are getting somewhat disgruntled. One from Spokane said: “Mr. Esser I don’t know if you are a member of Acorn, but these tactics are reminiscent of the Gregoire campaign.”

Them’s fighting words. Click for explainer.

McCain forces win floor fight

A move to unseat the Skagit County delegation,which allegedly was stacked with McCain delegates, lost.

The convention voted to seat them, and turned back an effort to hear a debate of the entire case on the floor of the convention.

Points of order continue to slow the progress of the convention.

Video excerpt from Cathy McMorris Rodgers speech

… at state Republican convention

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Still more talking

After Dino Rossi brought the crowd to its feet, three GOP officials who actually are incumbents got their chance at the podium.

Attorney General Rob McKenna said the state has been successful at closing down meth labs and convincing teens to stay away from meth. It needs a program to keep them away from prescription drugs, which may seem safer because they come from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinet.

Secretary of State Sam Reed talked about cleansing the voter rolls and stopping an effort for registration fraud, and defended the new law that requires voters to show ID when voting at the polls.

Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland warned that “extremists want to be able to run your natural resources.”

A shouting match started by Reichert

It’s not clear if U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert was trying to test the levels of support for John McCain and Ron Paul, but that’s what he did when he said “Today we support John McCain as our nominee.”

The McCain supporters stood up and cheered, with some sign waving by Paul supporters.

He called for support again, and the McCain supporters stood again, but the Paul people started a chant that eventually threatened to drown out the McCain cheer.

He called for a show of support again, and both sides managed to shout each other into unintelligeable bedlamility.

Listen to a soundbyte:

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A welcome from McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers sounded a bit like the Chamber of Commerce in welcoming delegates to the convention. Get out and enjoy Riverfront Park, the shops, the new restaurants, she said at the start of her kickoff speech.

She also made the obligatory dig at the “other Washington.”

See a clip of her speech by clicking here.

Then she borrowed from David Letterman, with the Top 10 reasons why it’s good to be a Republican this year.

They got a good reception, just as they did at the Spokane County convention.

Among them:

Lots of speeches to come

Washington state Republicans have a whole morning of speechifying ahead of them.

Their convention is set to kick off at 9:15 a.m. with the standard pomp and circumstances, then a welcome address from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

She’ll be followed by Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert, gubernatorial hopeful Dino Rossi, State Attorney General Rob McKenna, Secretary of State Sam Reed, Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland, State Sen Mike Hewitt and State Rep. Richard DeBolt.

One of the delegates walking around on the floor has a T-shirt that says “No Bloviating.” He’s about to be sorely disappointed.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s videos

Today’s theme: The longer the Democratic presidential nomination fight goes on, the longer the candidates have to say things they likely wish they hadn’t.

Exhibit A: Barack Obama’s remark that his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz in World War II draws some truth-squad attention on Tuesday.

Exhibit B: Hillary Clinton’s Friday remark on Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination ruffles some feathers. (A few days old, yes, but as yet untouched by Spin Control).

And now for the headlines


  • Democratic lawyers say rules don’t allow panel to reseat all Florida, Michigan delegates
  • All 3 presidential candidates pledge to seek an end to violence in Darfur if elected

  • Obama trails Clinton with key voters but is competitive with those groups against McCain

  • Obama picks superdelegates in Colo., Ore. and Guam

Friday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and panelists further the running mate speculation.


And that John McCain appearance on Ellen that Thuy posted yesterday? Here’s a tightly wound exchange on gay marriage.

    IN THE HEADLINES
  • Obama says he’d pursue direct diplomacy with Cuba, Latin America

  • Obama gains four delegates, moves closer to nomination

  • McCain spends months on standby for general election while Democrats rev up

  • Bush begins raising money for McCain, behind closed doors

McCain is on the Ellen show, right now.

Here’s what AP had on this:

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in “the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman.”

“And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue,” the likely Republican presidential nominee said in an interview [airing today] on “The Ellen DeGeneres show.”

McCain, who also opposes an amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex unions, said people should be encouraged to enter into legal agreements, particularly for insurance and other areas where decisions need to be made.

DeGeneres needled McCain on the issue, arguing that she and the senator from Arizona aren’t different.


‘It’s purely social’

McCain is planning a house party and inviting suspiciously veepish people. We say “Hmmmm.” What say you?

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Memorial Day weekend guest list at Sen. John McCain’s Arizona retreat runs to at least three Republicans mentioned as potential vice presidential running mates, but a top aide said Wednesday that vetting possible veeps is not on the agenda.

“It’s purely social,” said Mark Salter, a senior adviser to McCain.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a McCain rival in the primary, were invited to a weekend gathering at the senator’s place in Sedona.

They were among the estimated two dozen people — including some 10 couples — invited. McCain often hosts friends and political acquaintances at his compound.

The Republican nominee-in-waiting said more than a month ago that he was in the “embryonic stages” of selecting a running mate for the fall campaign, but neither he nor aides have disclosed additional information in the weeks since.

It will be the first visit to Sedona, Ariz., for all three.

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video:
Barack Obama’s Monday stop in Billings

Headlines
Obama bids for a delegate milestone in Oregon, Kentucky primaries
Veterans’ college aid bill a likely issue in presidential campaign
Obama’s crowds reflect enthusiasm, but also careful crowd building

Monday quickie political briefing

Today’s videos

In case you missed it, John McCain had a spot on Saturday Night Live last week. Funny? You be the judge:

And while we’re trying keep our sense of humor during this long campaign, here’s an MSNBC roundup of late-night TV having fun with all three candidates:

In the headlines


  • Not so fast, Clinton says to Obama — there’s no nominee yet

  • Poll: Clinton has wide lead in Kentucky; Obama ahead slightly in closer Oregon race

  • Obama, angered by Tenn. GOP’s handling of his wife’s remarks, says ’Lay off my wife’

That was the week that was — in video

It was a long week. Here’s a look

For Clinton, the W. Va. primary was ‘Almost Heaven’

But her victory was bumped from the spotlight by Edwards’ endorsement of Obama

Which had to compete with John McCain laying out his strategy for a first term Click read full entry to see that video and more.

Friday’s quickie political briefing

In the Washington Gov Race:
New poll says Gregoire up by 11. Look for details this afternoon.

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

Democrats say McCain was willing to negotiate with Hamas

After GOP stumbles in the South, Obama warns Republicans about critical ads

Democratic Party panel members show little interest in Clinton’s call to seat disputed delegates

Obama picks up endorsements from former Edwards delegate, California congressman

Click here to read beyond the headlines.
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
John McCain stops in West Virginia before addressing the National Rifle Association’s meeting in Kentucky. Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in Oregon. Barack Obama meets with voters in South Dakota.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m not touching that one.” — John Edwards, former Democratic presidential contender, when asked on CBS’ “The Early Show” whether he left the race too early.
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STAT OF THE DAY
About 45 percent of the statewide Democratic primary vote in Oregon’s recent elections has come from the Portland area.

2 videos generating a buzz

Bush to Knesset: No appeasers
Is he slamming Obama?


Olberman blisters Bush (part 1)

McDermott endorses Obama

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott endorsed Barack Obama today, giving the Illinois senator 290.5 superdelegates.

As is usual, each said something nice about the other. McDermott said he believes Obama will bring the country together and move it forward. Obama noted McDermott’s support of universal health care and that he was right in his opposition to the war in Iraq.

The endorsement means the clock is now ticking until the state or national Republican Party headquarters issues a statement that this just shows how liberal Obama is, with one of the most liberal members of Congress in his camp.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s video: Can’t get no satisfaction? Gallup says you aren’t alone

Obama woos working-class voters in Michigan

Democrats widen majority in Congress with win in Mississippi special election
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THE DELEGATE BREAKDOWN
Barack Obama: 1,885
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,717
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
John McCain raises campaign cash in Columbus, Ohio. Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the District of Columbia. Barack Obama discusses the economy with workers and holds a rally in Michigan.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“When I came to West Virginia, it took people a while to accept me. Barack is new to West Virginia, and the Clintons are not new to West Virginia.” — West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a supporter of Democrat Barack Obama who lost the state’s Democratic presidential primary to Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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STAT OF THE DAY
About six in 10 Democratic voters in West Virginia supported Hillary Rodham Clinton’s proposal to suspend the federal gas tax for the summer and three-quarters of those voted for her, according to exit polls.

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: New math on the campaign trail.

Here are the headlines from the presidential campaign, from The Associated PressClinton poised for West Virginia win that offers little hope of jarring Obama’s reach for nomination

More than $20 million in debt, Clinton could look to Obama, Senate campaign to help pay it off

Obama leads the field in unsolicited campaign songs; a new form of campaigning


Video update: Some of you may have been frustrated that yesterday’s video of the SNL spoof of Hillary Clinton didn’t work for part of the day. It has been fixed with an official clip from NBC. Sorry for the problems.
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
John McCain attends an environmental round table in North Bend and a fundraiser in Bellevue, Wash.
Hillary Clinton campaigns in Charleston, W.V. Barack Obama campaigns in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’ve heard from Americans from all walks of life … they want a choice. They believe that America has more and better to offer than what the current political situation is serving up to us.” — Former Rep. Bob Barr, announcing his intention to seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.
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STAT OF THE DAY
In 2004, more votes were cast for the Democratic and Republican primaries for governor in West Virginia than in the state’s presidential primary.

Monday’s quickie political briefing

Local briefs

McCain coming to Washington Tuesday. Read the full story by clicking here.
Spokane newsie takes job with gov. Read full story by clicking here.

Today’s fun video: A SNL skit Hillary Clinton probably won’t be mentioning on the campaign trail.

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign, from The Associated Press:

Clinton outwardly confident, even as hopes dim on candidacy

Obama heading to Michigan, Florida

McCain: Fight global warming with nuclear power

Bob Barr announces Libertarian White House bid.
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
John McCain speaks about global warming in Portland, Ore. Hillary Rodham Clinton campaigns in West Virginia. Barack Obama has events in West Virginia and Kentucky.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I keep telling people, no Democrat has won the White House since 1916 without winning West Virginia.” — Hillary Rodham Clinton at a morning campaign stop at Tudor’s Biscuit World in Charleston, W.Va.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Democrat Bill Clinton won West Virginia twice in the general election — in 1992 with about 48 percent and in 1996 with more than 51 percent. Republican George W. Bush also took the state twice — in 2000 with almost 52 percent and in 2004 with 56 percent.

Go West, young woman

KXLY TV reporter Karina Shagren, who has made her mark covering a range of stories in Spokane over the last couple years, is going off the air soon.

Shagren has taken a job in Gov. Christine Gregoire’s press office. Hard to say which has more long-term security: television news or a job in an office occupied by an elected official.

Friday’s quickie political briefing

Locally
Spokane Republicans have another meeting to attend. They’ll need a nominating meeting to decide which would-be GOP candidates get an endorsement. Click here to read more.

The Obama campaign will make a push for new voters on Saturday across Washington state, including an event in Spokane. Click here to read more.

Today’s video 1: Obama campaign complains about Limbaugh “Chaos”

Today’s video 2: Exit polling: Limbaugh not a factor?

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press

Obama wins endorsements from 5 superdelegates and government employees union

Lieberman: McCain’s bearings are just fine

Even when it’s just for fun, Obama parries media and plays to win

McCain disputes blogger report that he voted against Bush

Clinton vows to keep running, calls on Obama to debate her again
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ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with voters in Oregon before a Democratic dinner in Kentucky. Barack Obama holds three events in Oregon. John McCain tours a science center in New Jersey.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I voted and I’m going to keep that between me and the polling booth right now.” — Former Sen. John Edwards, who was asked on NBC’s “Today” Friday whether he voted for .
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STAT OF THE DAY
West Virginia’s median age of 40.7 is four years older than the national median, more than nine in 10 residents are white and the median family income is roughly $12,500 below the national median of about $58,500.

Another meeting for Spokane Republicans

Loving meetings isn’t a requirement for signing up to be a precinct committee officer. But it probably should be mentioned somewhere in the “good to know” info handed to would-be GOP precinct officers.

After precinct caucuses, a county convention and, for many, a state convention in Spokane, county GOP PCOs will be called to a meeting sometime in June to decide whether to endorse county and legislative candidates.

Spokane County Chairman Curt Fackler said the meeting will be scheduled sometime after the first week of June, which is filing week for all candidates.

Some 411 for N. Idaho voters

Just in time for the upcoming Idaho primary, the Kootenai County League of Women Voters has set up a Web site with information about candidates on the ballot.

It’s not perfect. Some of the candidates apparently didn’t get around to responding to the questionnaire.

Still, some information is better than none, particularly when voters are confronted with an array of candidates.

Find it by clicking here.

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: McCain does the Daily Show

Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:
Corzine says Clinton needs exceptional run in remaining primaries

Evidence scant that Wright did much damage to Obama in Ind., N.C. primaries

Former Edwards campaign manager David Bonior endorses Obama
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THE DELEGATE BREAKDOWN
Barack Obama: 1,846.5
Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,696
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THE DEMOCRATS
Hillary Rodham Clinton stops in West Virginia, South Dakota and Oregon. Barack Obama is in Washington.
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THE REPUBLICANS
John McCain holds an afternoon fundraiser in New Jersey.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Why should Hillary Clinton — until there’s a nominee with the number of necessary delegates — why should she get out? We’ve never asked any other potential contender to get out before someone has the magic number. Why is Hillary Clinton different?” — Clinton campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe on NBC’s “Today” show.
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STAT OF THE DAY:
There are roughly 154,000 voters in the West Virginia with no party affiliation, compared to more than 660,000 Democrats and about 348,000 Republicans. Since the 2006 elections, roughly 19,000 people have registered as independents, double the number of new Democrats and triple the number of new Republicans.

Keep on keepin’ on

Turn on any talking head news show, and it won’t be five minutes before some political consultant holds forth on how bad the ongoing Democratic campaign is for the eventual nominee, unity of the party, the body politic and melting the ice in Antarctica.

OK, we made the last one up.

But a recent Gallup Poll suggests the public doesn’t agree (big surprise!) that one of the candidates should give it up. Click on the arrow to find out more.

Fun video making the rounds

Brought to you by the same folks who did “Baracky”

How much is a councilperson worth?

Do you think Spokane City Council members are underpaid?

Overpaid?

Did you know they get paid?

Well they do, $18,000 to represent one of the three districts; $40,000 to be council president.

The City’s Salary Commission is thinking about changing that. This month they have several meetings, will draft a report and make a recommendation on a change for the council.

Whatever they decide takes effect on Jan. 1, because the council doesn’t have to vote on it.

Your first chance to offer an opinion starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council Chambers.

The week in video laughs

Different attempts at parodies for last week’s news:
Highly Dubious News

Comedy.com’s NNN (Newest New News)

What de Mayo?

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office sent word Thursday that she’ll be attending the annual Cinco de Mayo reception for “brief remarks.”

No big deal, you might say. The Hispanic population is growing in the state, and the guv can hardly ignore that.

The strange thing is the Cinco de Mayo reception is Friday night. As in May 2nd.

So how come the Cinco de Mayo reception is on Dos de Mayo? Isn’t that like going to a Fourth of July party on July 1?

Democratic presidential politics, on the quick

If you’ve got seven minutes, you can jump into the Democratic presidential race, courtesy of Slate magazine, and be up on everything — even if you’ve been ignoring everything to date.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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