Advertise Here

Spin Control


For the record, Patty Murray’s favorite word is “help.” Maria Cantwell’s is “oil”. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ is “students.”

In the Idaho congressional delegation, Mike Crapo’s fave is”energy”. Jim Risch’s is “guard”. Walt Minnick’s is “Idaho”.

That’s the conclusion of Capitol Words,  a new Web site that combs through the Congressional Record for speeches and comments by members of Congress, then counts how many times they use words other than a or the or and or…well, you get the picture. 

The record for some of the region’s honorables is much longer, because they’ve been around for years. For Minnick and Risch, who just arrived in January, it’s sparse, but the site also tracks their predecessors Larry Craig and Bill Sali.

Go inside to see the top 5 for each.


Sen. Patty Murray, D
1. help
2. country
3. families
4. jobs
5. health

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D
1. oil
2. energy
3. care
4. tax
5. markets

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R
1. students
2. children
3. Washington
4. parents
5. energy


Sen. Mike Crapo. R
1. energy
2. Idahoans
3. stories
4. prices
5. share

Sen. Jim Risch, R
1. guard
2. equipment
3. billion
4. reserve
5. formula

Rep. Walt Minnick, D
1. Idaho
2. water
3. community
4. honor
5. Minnick

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus
« Back to Spin Control

Get blog updates by email

About this blog

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.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

Latest comments »

Read all the posts from recent conversations on Spin Control.

Search this blog
Subscribe to this blog
Advertise Here