Spin Control archive for July 2010

SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2010

WA Senate race: One man pays up, speaks out 

The American Action Network’s television commercial against Patty Murray – the dirty tennis shoe ad, as it is sometimes called – ticked off more than a few Democrats and Murray supporters. But probably none had their ire rise to the level of Deer Park’s Tom...

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FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2010


O'Quinn video on YouTube causes stir in GOP 17 

It's the case of the unknown videographer, and it highlights the tension between the campaigns of John Ahern and Shelly O'Quinn.A low-tech video of O'Quinn speaking to the Friday Morning Republican Breakfast Club was posted on YouTube on May 4. O'Quinn said she was unaware...

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THURSDAY, JULY 29, 2010



NOAA: That's one hot decade 

As you head for the air conditioning or reach for the ice tea today, consider this: Today may be hot, but the last decade was the hottest one on record.Or at least that's what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says in a report released...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 2010

6th initiative makes ballot, would cut taxes

OLYMPIA -- The sixth initiative to the people qualified for the Nov. 2 ballot this afternoon. Initiative 1107 asks voters to repeal taxes the Legislature levied earlier this year on soda, candy, bottled water and some processed foods.That means voters will have two chances to...

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McCaslin discounts retirement rumor

Some folks, primarily Democrats it seems, are floating a rumor that state Sen. Bob McCaslin, the Spokane Valley Republican, plans to hang it up at the end of this year and name a successor.Old rumor, says McCaslin of any mid-term retirement. "I've heard that for...

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Legislature's website wins award

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature's website, which provides links to bills, statutes, offices and other information, won an award from the National Conference of State Legislatures. The NCSL, which is having its annual convention this week in Louisville, Ky., gave the website its Online Democracy Award...

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Corker, Sandifur make it official 

City Councilman Steve Corker and his longtime significant other, Helen Sandifur, are officially married.Corker, who sometimes referred to Sandifur as his wife over the past few years, said in an interview this week that they were legally married in Las Vegas on June 29.Sandifur is...

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Your ballot: It's in the mail. No. Really. It is.

Ballots for the Aug. 17 Top Two primary are being dropped in the mail today and Thursday.That explains why the number of political commercials on television and the radio are starting to increase, and campaign signs are sprouting like dandelions all over the community.Rules are...

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TUESDAY, JULY 27, 2010

Today's video: Rossi on ABC blog

Republican Senatorial Candidate Dino Rossi was the featured guest Tuesday on ABC's "Top Line," a daily political Webcast the network does with The Washington Post. It was a huge hit, at least with Democrats who were quick to send out excerpts in which Rossi calls...

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Murray to vote for Kagan 

Sen. Patty Murray gave her official endorsement today to Solictor General Elana Kagan for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.It may be the least surprising news of the morning that the state's senior Democratic senator will back the pick of a Democratic president to...

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WA doesn't make cut for Race to the Top

Washington state isn't in the running for the Race to the Top.The federal government announced that 18 states and that other Washington (the one with all the statues, monuments, politicians and lobbyists) are finalists.But Washington state didn't make the cut. We're off the track team,...

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MONDAY, JULY 26, 2010

Budget session Thursday

Got a thought on how to help solve the state's budget woes?Thursday may be your chance in Eastern Washington. That's when the Office of Financial Management brings its road show to the Lair Student Center auditorium at Spokane Community College, for two hours, starting at...

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And, we're back...

A week of vacation over, Spin Control returns today...as soon as we can figure out what's been going on in the political and government scene in last week.Might be some clues in the 400 or so e-mails in the in-basket, or those messages on voice...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010

Catch the candidates: Spo. Co. commissioner's race 

The Constitution Party is sponsoring a candidate forum for Spokane County commissioner candidates Thursday evening in the Spokane Valley.The party doesn't actually have a candidate in this race, which features four Republicans and a Democratic incumbent Bonnie Mager. They've invited all five, and as of...

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Light blogging ahead

It's vacation time, and Spin Control will be "light" for the rest of the week.Look for occasional posts from Jonathan Brunt, but nada from Jim Camden until next week.Enjoy the sunshine, and rest up for the primary homestretch.

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SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010

Catch the candidates: GOP assessor race 

Republicans of Spokane County are bringing the two GOP assessor candidates together for a question-and-answer session Monday evening in the Valley.Incumbent Ralph Baker and challenger Vicki Horton will appear at the club's meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Quality Inn, Mission and Argonne. The club...

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SATURDAY, JULY 17, 2010

U.S. Senate race: The rest of the pack 

For sheer variety, it’s hard to beat this year’s U.S. Senate race. And I’m not talking about the candidates you’ve probably heard of.There’s a doctor, a lawyer, a physicist, a retired bank worker, a retired postal worker, a retired iron worker. Some are serious people...

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FRIDAY, JULY 16, 2010

Signature fraud evidence goes to State Patrol 

OLYMPIA --In a case that may involve the most careless or most blatant example of signature fraud in Washington political history, elections officials turned over petitions with as many as 349 bogus signatures to the State Patrol Forensics Lab. The volunteer who submitted them in...

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