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Archive for October 2008

The problem with that McMorris Rodgers rumor

A late-campaign e-mail from congressional candidate Mark Mays to supporters repeats a well-travelled rumor that his opponent, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, plans to resign mid-term if she wins and let another Republican be appointed to the seat.

It’s a rumor that McMorris Rodgers and her alleged replacement, County Commissioner Todd Mielke, deny. Mays even said he doubts it, although he’s heard it for months.

“Frankly, I don’t think there’s much to it,” Mays said.

In fact, there is one element of the rumor that is proveably false, because it doesn’t match state law.

Happy Halloween. Now take your signs down

This time of year, two things always happen in close proximity: Halloween and Election Day.

Spin Control will spare you the speculation of which is scarier at your door, little kids looking for candy or politicians looking for your vote.

But the closeness of the two events — they are never more than eight days apart — means you should do one thing right now.

Pull your yard signs out of the sod, the flower bed or the gravelly right away, and put them away for 24 hours.

They are just too tempting for the slightly larger goblins, the teens and the tweens, to pass up as they swing through the neighborhood tonight. It’s Friday night, and they’re likely to be out later than when Halloween falls on a weeknight.

Those thin plastic ones might not fade in the sunlight, but they won’t withstand a rock or a sharp stick. The wooden stakes will be broken, the metal stakes will be bent.

And there’s nothing that anyone’s going to be able to do about it. Maybe you were hoping to save the sign as a memento of that historic campaign, just like grandpa’s I Like Ike sign or Dad’s McGovern-Eagleton sign.

Save yourself the grief, and the hassle of calling your favored candidates and trying to beg for another sign in the last few days of the campaign. Take your sign down and put it some place safe.

Do it now.

How does a signature bounce?

Alert reader John O’Rourke wondered about the posting that mentions some 700 ballots have already been pulled because of improper signatures.

Do they examine each ballot for matched signature? Who deterimines what’s mismatched and what kind of training they get to be experts?

Good questions, which come up with more frequency because Spokane, like most Washington counties, conducts its elections by mail.

Click to go inside the blog for the answers.

Or you can go to this link to read more about signature problems with ballots, and check to see if you’re on the list.

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: If only they could really dance like this…

Ballot Watch: More than 120,500 ballots have been returned to the Spokane County Elections office. That’s about 47 percent; put another way, more than half of everybody that’s gonna vote, has voted.

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

McCain points to record oil company profits while accusing Obama of backing tax breaks

Obama says Bush put economy in a ditch and McCain would keep it there

Campaign says Obama TV ads, one positive and one negative, offer their ’closing argument’

In Florida, early voting means waiting, waiting and more waiting

NC elections board extends early voting hours on Saturday in wake of record turnout

Democrats seeking House and Senate seats get a boost from Obama money and popularity

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
COUNTDOWN
6 days until the election. Washington voters must drop off their ballots at a designated location or have it postmarked by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Idaho voters can vote at poll sites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Residents who aren’t registered can register at their poll site and cast a provisional ballot.

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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama travels to Florida, Virginia and Missouri. Joe Biden talks to voters in Missouri before attending rallies in Pennsylvania.
John McCain holds several events in Ohio. Sarah Palin stops in Missouri before campaigning in Pennsylvania.
WA Gov
Chris Gregoire campaigns in Seattle, does a GOTV event with the Sierra Club. Dino Rossi campaigns in Moses Lake and Yakima.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You don’t need to boo, you just need to vote.” — Barack Obama, to a crowd in Sarasota, Fla., after mentioning his Republican rival John McCain and the economy.
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STAT OF THE DAY
In Florida, 12 percent of the state’s white Democrats say they are voting for Republican John McCain, according to a recent Associated Press-GfK poll.

Parsing the income tax issue

Democrats running in the hot 6th Legislative District are now flatly rejecting income taxes – at least in campaign ads.

Don Barlow and John Driscoll are responding to Republican-backed groups that have accused them supporting an income tax. But the statements in new advertisements for the campaign are much simplified from what they’ve said before when questioned about income taxes.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

You want polls? We got polls
Survey USA has new WA numbers for president and Governor.

Everybody, their cousin and their cousin’s dog has new numbers in the presidential race and there is some tightening.

AP has new polls that show Obama ahead or tied in 8 battleground states, GOP worries about landslide

Other headlines in the presidential campaign from the Associated Press:

McCain proposes to give more revenue to coastal states that boost offshore oil production

Obama takes his case to the country with infomercial, broader TV blitz

Palin calls for break from Bush energy policy that relied too much on imported oil

Post-convention Republican unity breaks down as McCain finds GOP critics of all stripes

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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COUNTDOWN
7 days until the election
Today is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in Idaho. Request must be received by the county elections office by 5 p.m.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama stops in North Carolina before campaigning in Florida. Joe Biden attends a rally in the Florida towns of Jupiter and Sunrise.
John McCain talks to voters in Florida. Sarah Palin campaigns in Ohio and Indiana.

WA Gov
Dino Rossi gives a deposition in Seattle, may address the Rotary Club at lunch.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Sen. Obama is running to be redistributionist in chief. I’m running to be commander in chief.” — Republican John McCain on his Democratic rival.
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STAT OF THE DAY
President Bush and Democrat John Kerry spent a combined $650 million in the 2004 presidential campaign.

More than one in three ballots already in

Some 37 percent of all Spokane County voters have already sent in the ballots.

County elections officials say they’ve received and begun processing 95,371 ballots as of Tuesday morning.

A breakdown of the legislative districts shows the 6th District starting to edge ahead of the others in terms of turnout.

Obama stays on ballot

A King County Superior Court judge refused today to order the state to demand a birth certificate from Barack Obama.

There’s a thread on the Internet that suggests Obama wasn’t really born in Hawaii and raises questions about the authenticity of his birth certificate. It has been debunked by groups such as factcheck.org and snopes.com, but some people still have their doubts, even after looking at photos of a certified copy of the certificate.

Judge John Erlick essentially said the state ain’t going there. He turned down a request by Stephen Marquis to have Secretary of State Sam Reed demand a copy of the birth certificate or other proof of native-born citizenship.

Erlick said Marquis didn’t offer any proof, and he’s not even going to rule on the question of citizenship. “The 2008 election is already in progress; ballots have been issued and a substantial number of voters have voted.”

This will probably not be enough for some conspiratorialists….

Where the money comes from

The Washington Public Disclosure Commission has tallied up the contributions in the governor’s race, by candidate and county, and the results aren’t too surprising.

Like the famous bank robber Willie Sutton’s admonition, both Dino Rossi and Chris Gregoire go where the money is, that is King County, for the largest chunk of their contributions.

But Gregoire gets nearly two-thirds of her identifiable money from King County, compared to 40 percent for Rossi. And he is out-raising her in most other counties.

For maps of the two candidates’ contributions, go inside the blog.

Another salvo in the ad wars

Must be time to changeup the ads in the governor’s race. Both Chris Gregoire’s and Dino Rossi’s campaigns released new commercials today, and both are connected to The Spokesman-Review.

Who knew the paper was so important in the political realms?

Gregoire’s bragging about endorsements from newspapers that are backing her this year but didn’t in ‘04. (It features The Spokesman-Review rather prominently, although she avoids the discussion from the Seattle area blogs about how conservative The S-R’s editorial page is.)

Rossi’s commercial warns of tax increases should Gregoire get re-elected, and cites her conversation with the newspaper’s editorial board about the prospects for a state income tax.

Both are coming soon to a television near you. If you can’t wait, click here to go inside the blog to see them.

Over 3 million served?

The Washington Secretary of State’s office is predicting the election turnout will top 3 million by the time the counting is done.

That’s a record, as is the 3.6 million total for voters on the books. That latter number is moving upwards as county elections offices around the state process the last-minute registrations.

No telling whether the 3 million turnout estimate includes ballots that will be found in odd places by King County if a recount is needed for any reason.

Stretching to catch the coat tails

Spokane County Democrats seem to be hoping that Barack Obama has long coattails.

Their latest e-mail to like-minded folks tries to link a Democrat in the White House to Democrats in the courthouse, suggesting that Obama will need folks like Brian Sayrs and Kim Thorburn running Spokane when he’s in charge in D.C.

At least, that’s the most logical interpretation of the message on their e-mail:

Don’t Let the COURT HOUSE go the way of the Bush WHITE HOUSE!
Obama will need all the help he can right here at home!

Exactly what help Obama might need from the Spokane County Board of Commissioners isn’t clear.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: If you missed the debates (or maybe even better if you didn’t) here’s the quick look

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

AP poll: McCain gains, drawing even with Obama with two weeks until Election Day

Obama says he only wants to reverse tax cuts for the wealthy that McCain himself opposed

Palin calls Obama “Barack the wealth spreader”

Trailing in state polls, McCain asks New Hampshire voters for another come-from-behind victory

Obama takes on national security while keeping focus on economy during Va. swing

GOP spent $150,000 in campaign funds to accessorize Palin
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COUNTDOWN
13days until the election
7days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
Tonight the debates between Spokane County Commissioners and their opponents are televised at 7 p.m. on KSPS-TV Channel 7.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
John McCain talks to voters in Manchester, N.H., before holding rallies in the Ohio. Sarah Palin stops in Findlay, Ohio, and then campaigns with McCain in Green and Cincinnati.
Barack Obama campaigns in the Virginia cities of Richmond and Leesburg. Joe Biden holds events in the Colorado cities of Pueblo and Colorado Springs.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Michelle may be a better dancer, but I am convinced I am a better dancer than John McCain.” — Barack Obama, on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
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STAT OF THE DAY
Democrat Barack Obama spent $3.2 million on payroll in September, nearly three times more than Republican John McCain, according to campaign finance reports.

Surge in new, young voters

Did young people rush to register in recent weeks because they’re becoming more politically aware? Or were they just more likely to procrastinate?

We probably won’t know until the ballots are in…because if they’re really into politics they’ll actually vote.

But as the chart above shows, about half of the new voters who signed up in the just-ended special registration period were under 35.

For more on this topic, go inside the blog to read this morning’s story.

Tricker treat

Guess what Gov. Chris Gregoire is going to be for Halloween when kids show up at the mansion for trick or treat.

OK, all you Republicans out there who said unkind things, you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Last year, the governor and husband Mike greeted kids as penguins from the movie “Happy Feet”

Go inside to see what they’re going to be this year.

More music from the campaign trail

Aaron Tippin is rocking GOP crowds with “Drill Here, Drill Now.” This clip has a guest guitar appearance from Mike Huckabee.

Rapper Youngallows is trying to get some traction with a Sarah Palin rap. (Warning: Some viewers are going to find parts of this objectionable. But it is rap, after all.)

So today’s debatable point is: Which of these music videos is worse, or at least more objectionable?
Click here to comment.

Monday’s quickie political briefing

The tracks of those polls

Where’s the SNL video? We had it up Sunday. Click here to get to it.

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

Obama invokes Reagan line to criticize handling of the economy; vows to halt foreclosures

McCain, supporters target liberal, feminists, media to rally GOP base in bellwether Missouri

McCain spends $37 million in September, has $47 million for campaign in October

Sarah Palin hits Obama again on taxes

Biden’s medical records show he appears in very good health 20 years after aneurysm

Obama says Powell will have a role in administration if it’s a ’good fit’

Andy the Communicator likes McCain’s tax plan, questions reliance on `Joe the Plumber’ story

For the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
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COUNTDOWN
15 days until the election
9 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
Last day to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
John McCain campaigns in Missouri. Sarah Palin meets with voters in Colorado.
Barack Obama campaigns in Florida. Joe Biden had no public schedule.
Constitutionalist Chuck Baldwin speaks in the Spokane Valley; 7:30 p.m., Decades Banquet Facility next to Percy’s Cafe, 10512 E. Sprague.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Every time we’ve gotten in trouble in this campaign, it’s because we started trying to play ball-control offense.” — Barack Obama, speaking on NBC’s “Today” show.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Democrat Barack Obama is trusted more than Republican John McCain to improve the economy by 54 percent to 44 percent and to handle the financial crisis by 53 percent to 46 percent, according to a recent AP-Yahoo News poll.

Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Joe the Plumber’s 15 minutes of pain are turning out to be a bit of a headache.

First of all, Joe ain’t a plumber. And, when the media hordes descend upon you, God knows what they’ll dig up.

Go inside to read the Associated Press’s latest account.

Presidential candidate making Spokane stop

If it seems as though the Inland Northwest has been demoted to Nowheresville as far as the the presidential campaign is concerned, take heart. Spokane will once again be a stop on for a presidential candidate next Monday.

Not John McCain or Barack Obama, however.

Chuck Baldwin, the Constiution Party’s presidential nominee, will be attending a fund-raising dinner at 5:45 p.m. at Percy’s Cafe, and a rally at the adjacent Decades Banquet Facility at 7:30 p.m.

Baldwin and his vice presidential nominee Darrell Castle are on the ballot in Washington and Idaho.

Haven’t heard of him? You can find out more here.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Here’s how pollster.com sees Washington’s gubernatorial race shaping up.

Debate watch: Spokane Democrats will be at Toad Hall, 1437 W. Dean; College Republicans will host a party

Here are today’s headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press.

Final debate offers McCain another chance to shake up presidential race

In her first New Hampshire trip, Palin highlights anti-tax sentiment shared by Alaskans

Republican Party ends presidential ads in Wisconsin, Maine; increases budget for red states

High turnout in Ga. early voting could be a promising sign for Obama

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.

COUNTDOWN
20 days until the election
14 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
5 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
1 day until the next 5th District congressional debate. Taped in advance, televised on KSPS-TV Channel 7 and 790 KJRB at 7 p.m.
Tonight is the last presidential debate, 6 p.m. on most broadcast and cable news channels.
Tonight is the last Washington gubernatorial debate, 8 p.m. in Seattle, carried in Spokane on Channel 22.
Today ballots are being mailed in Washington
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DAILY TRACK
Democrat Barack Obama has a 7-percentage-point lead over Republican John McCain — 50 percent to 43 percent — among registered voters, according to the latest Gallup Poll daily tracking update.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama participates in the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. Joe Biden campaigns in Ohio.
John McCain also participates in the presidential debate in Hempstead, N.Y. Sarah Palin campaigns in New Hampshire.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“Just be yourself.” — Former Vice President Dan Quayle’s advice to GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Tuesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: Remember, this is satire.

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

McCain proposes eliminating tax on unemployment benefits as part of his latest economic plan

Obama calls for moratorium on foreclosures, two-year tax break for businesses that create jobs

Palin mistakes fans for protesters at Va. rally that draws thousands

Clinton doesn’t see majority leader, court justice or presidential candidate in her future

Surviving members of Grateful Dead headline Obama get-out-the-vote concert at Penn State

To read the stories behind the headlines, click here and scroll down.

COUNTDOWN
21 days until the election
15 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
6 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
2 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
2 days until the next 5th District congressional debate. Taped in advance, televised on KSPS-TV Channel 7 and 790 KJRB at 7 p.m.
1 day until the next presidential debate. 6 p.m. on most broadcast and cable news channels.
1 day until the next gubernatorial debate. 8 p.m. in Spokane, locally broadcast on Channel 22 in Spokane
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama is in Oregon, Ohio, with no public schedule. Joe Biden campaigns in the Ohio cities of Warren, St. Clairsville and Marietta.
John McCain speaks with voters in Blue Bell, Pa.
Sarah Palin holds a rally in Scranton, Pa.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“There’s an old saying: Bloom where you’re planted.” — Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, as she discussed her plans to remain in the Senate.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Independents were divided about evenly — 44 percent for Democrat Barack Obama and 41 percent for Republican John McCain — in a recent Associated Press-GfK Poll.

Monday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: The problems of running against a reform campaign (According to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”)

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

McCain campaign sending mixed signals on whether candidate will offer new economic proposals

Ousted Alaska safety commissioner says troopergate report damages Palin’s image of openness

Sen. Clinton says Obama picking up support because of economic woes

Alaska media darling, Palin cultivated national press in pre-McCain days

COUNTDOWN
22 days until the election
16 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
8 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
4 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
2 days until the next presidential debate. 6 p.m. on most broadcast and cable news channels.
2 days until the next gubernatorial debate. 8 p.m. in Spokane, locally broadcast on Channel 22 in Spokane
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama campaigns in Toledo, Ohio, where he will present his economic rescue proposal. Joe Biden campaigns in the New Hampshire cities of Rochester and Manchester, before stopping at a dinner in Dover, Del.
John McCain and Sarah Palin hold a rally in Virginia Beach, Va. McCain also campaigns in Wilmington, N.C., while Palin talks to voters in Richmond, Va.
WA Gov
Chris Gregoire holds a town hall meeting at Clark College in Vancouver. Dino Rossi holds a press conference in Kelso to demonstrate support in the fishing community.
WA 5th Cong Dist
Mark Mays and Cathy McMorris Rodgers debate in Spokane, taped to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on KSPS-TV Channel 7 and 790 KJRB. Mays holds a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“She’s my future mother-in-law. She better win.” — Levi Johnston, who’s having a baby with the daughter of Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee.
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STAT OF THE DAY
In early September, Republican John McCain had a 26-point advantage among white voters without a college degree who were likely to vote, according to AP-GfK polling. But by late September, the advantage had dropped to 7 points, with McCain leading 46 percent to 39 percent among this group.

Friday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: What’s real, what’s fake in the presidential race?

For those who expected to see the SNL take on the presidential debate, (because Spin Control 2.0 always offers up SNL), it’s inside the blog. Click here and scroll to the bottom.

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

McCain in new hard-hitting ad hammers Obama over Ayers association

Obama says McCain trying to divide country with angry speeches and TV ads

Politically charged and tightly held, Palin ethics report to be released in Alaska

With economy worsening, working-class voters slowly warm to Obama

McCain’s missing the mark with Hispanics in swing states

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.

COUNTDOWN
25 days until the election
19 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
11 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
7 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
5 days until the next presidential debate
Last day to pre-register to vote in Idaho. (Election Day registration also available.)Click here for information.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
John McCain holds a rally in La Crosse, Wis.
Sarah Palin has no public schedule.
Barack Obama campaigns in the Ohio cities of Chillicothe and Columbus. Joe Biden talks to voters in Springfield, Mo.

WA 5th Congressional
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Mark Mays debated in front of the Greater Spokane Inc. breakfast. Read about it here.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“This election is going to be decided when a husband and wife sit at a kitchen table, or a single parent sits at the kitchen table, looks at their bills and figures out who is most likely to help them with their financial condition.” — Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.
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STAT OF THE DAY
An AP survey of election officials nationwide found that as of Oct. 1, the number of registered Democrats had grown by nearly 5 percent since 2004 — outpacing overall population growth in the 28 states where information on voter registration by party was available for 2004 and 2008. During the same time, the GOP lost more than 2 percent of its registered voters

Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s fun video: The Daily Show looks at Tuesday’s debate

Here are today’s headlines in the presidential race from the Associated Press:

McCain says Obama link to ex-radical raises questions about honesty

Obama says McCain mortgage plan would reward bad behavior of lenders at taxpayer expense

Biden says McCain’s mortgage plan bails out bad bankers rather than homeowners

Bailout anger helps fuel Libertarian Bob Barr’s campaign message

Boom in voter registration favors Dems, could lead Obama to election win

NRA formally endorses McCain
To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and go inside.

COUNTDOWN
26 days until the election
20 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
12 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
8 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
6 days until the next presidential debate
1 day to pre-register to vote in Idaho. (Election Day registration also available.)Click here for information.
Tonight: the next Washington gubernatorial debate (7 p.m. on KSPS-TV and 790 AM)
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
John McCain and Sarah Palin hold a town hall meeting inn Waukesha, Wis. McCain later holds an event in Mosinee, Wis., while Palin talks to voters in Wilmington, Ohio.
Barack Obama stops in the Ohio cities of Dayton, Cincinnati and Portsmouth. Joe Biden campaigns in the Missouri cities of St. Joseph, Liberty and Jefferson City.
WA Gov
Dino Rossi and Chris Gregoire debate today in Spokane. It airs at 7 p.m. on Channel 7. Gregoire also attends a rally at the Carpenters Hall, 127 E. Augusta, with N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson at 2 p.m.
WA 5th Congressional
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Mark Mays debate this evening, 6 p.m. at Spokane City Hall. They also debate Friday mornign at the Greater Spokane Inc. breakfast, 7:30 a.m. at the Spokane Club.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m not into either one, really.” — Denise Leport, an Ohio Democrat, speaking about the presidential candidates.
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STAT OF THE DAY
Roughly 666,000 new voters have registered in Ohio since the start of 2008, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. Ohio now has roughly 8.2 million registered voters.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

The Nielsen ratings for the second presidential debate Tuesday were up…almost as high as the ratings for the veep debate. Here’s a clip of the first chunk of the debate, and the others are inside the blog.

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

Biden says Palin’s criticism of Obama ties to ’60s radical an effort to inject fear into race

McCain, Palin plan to lay heavy criticism of Obama during three-state swing

McCain, Obama exchange jabs in second debate

McCain proposes $300 billion plan to buy up bad mortgages

Political links: Franklin Roosevelt, Princess Diana part of Sarah Palin family tree

To ready the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.

COUNTDOWN
27 days until the election
21 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
13 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
9 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
7 days until the next presidential debate
2 days to pre-register to vote in Idaho. (Election Day registration also available.)Click here for information.
1 day until the next Washington gubernatorial debate (7 p.m. Thursday on KSPS-TV)
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
John McCain and Sarah Palin talk to voters in Bethlehem, Pa., and Strongville, Ohio.
Barack Obama campaigns in Indianapolis. Joe Biden stops in the Florida cities of Tampa and Fort Myers.
WA Gov
Dino Rossi attends the Washington Association of County Officials meeting in Spokane at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Davenport Hotel, debates Thursday at 7 p.m. on KSPS-TV. Chris Gregoire debates on Channel 7 and attends a rally with N.M. Gov. Bill Richardson at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Carpenter’s Hall, 127 E. Augusta.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The guy Barack Obama is going to turn and ask opinion is me, not that guy.” — Joe Biden, speaking on CBS’ “The Early Show” about Obama’s association with William Ayers.
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STAT OF THE DAY
A record 8.6 million people registered to vote in battleground Pennsylvania in the 2008 presidential election, according to the Pennsylvania’s State Department. Last-minute registrations still have to be counted, but there are now almost 1,170,000 more Democrats than Republicans who are registered.

Wondering about the veep debate?

There were plenty of misstatements on both sides in the vice presidential debate, according to FactCheck.org.

Sen. Joe Biden was wrong when he said Barack Obama and John McCain voted the same way on a particular tax bill, and when he said McCain wouldn’t even sit down with the president of Spain.

Gov. Sarah Palin was wrong when she said troop levels in Iraq were back to pre-surge levels, when she said Obama favored tax increases on families making as little as $42,000.

For a full analysis of the vice presidential debate, click here.

And if you want the Cliff Notes’ version, there’s this:

To see the full debate, go inside the blog.

For tonight’s debate

As if the veep debate won’t be fun on its own, some Internet wag came up with Sarah Palin Bingo, which gives viewers a chance to bet on which phrases will come up in what order.

They have four different cards, and a blank for you to make your own, at their Web site.

There’s no Joe Biden card, but if you print out the blank Palin card, you could sub in a picture of Biden, and write phrases for him.

No fair filling in each square with “gaffe.”

And thanks to colleague Tom Bowers for bringing that to the attention of Spin Control 2.0.

Wednesday’s quickie political briefing

Today’s videos: McCain, Obama discuss the economic bailout

Reminder: The deadline for registering to vote on-line or by mail is Saturday.
Not registered? Click here for more information

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

Polls show Obama has the advantage in trio of critical states: Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania

Palin’s foreign policy limited to Canadian negotiations, no talks with neighbor Russia

McCain, Obama call for greater bank security, attempt to cool partisan heat over economy

Palin says media’s coverage of her hasn’t been sexist, more a matter of media not knowing her

To read the stories behind these headlines, or see Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric, click here and scroll down.
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THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Prez/Veep
Barack Obama is scheduled to attend a rally in La Crosse, Wis., before returning to Washington to vote on the financial bailout bill. Joe Biden will also be in Washington to vote on the bailout.
John McCain planned to stop in Independence, Mo., before returning to Washington to vote on the bailout. Sarah Palin has no public schedule.
WA Gov
Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi debate in Yakima. On KSPS-TV Channel 7 at 7 p.m.
WA 5th Congressional District
Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in Washington, D.C. Mark Mays has a town hall at Walla Walla Democratic headquarters, 226 E. Main
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It would be sexist if the media were to hold back and not ask me about my experience, my vision, my principles, my values, you’re right.” — Sarah Palin, in an interview aired Wednesday on CBS’ “The Early Show,” on whether media coverage of her has been sexist.
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STAT OF THE DAY
An estimated 52.4 million viewers watched the first debate Friday between John McCain and Barack Obama, according to Nielsen Media Research. That’s 10 million less than the first debate between President Bush and Democratic challenger John Kerry in 2004.

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


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