Spin Control archive for May 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Coday drops from U.S. Senate race 

Art Coday, one of a flock of Republican candidates who were in the U.S. Senate race, said today he's getting out and supporting Dino Rossi.Coday said he'll run for an open state House of Representatives seat in the 32nd Legislative District instead.Coday, a Shoreline physician,...

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Mike Poppke and his "poker-playing  buddy" Prince, a Malamute/Husky mix, attend a Poker Player Alliance rally on the steps of the state Capitol Thursday. (Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review)

Online poker and betting: High Court doubles down 

Mike Poppke and his "poker-playing buddy" Prince, a Malamute/Husky mix, attend a Poker Player Alliance rally on the steps of the state Capitol Thursday.OLYMPIA – The Washington Supreme Court was asked to decide Thursday whether Internet poker is merely a 21st Century twist on a...

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Suddenly, Washington senate seat in play? 

National political experts are taking Dino Rossi's entrance into the race fairly seriously. Two "name" politicos -- Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report -- are "upgrading" the state's status from ho-hum to looky there.Or whatever words they use to connote boring races and exciting...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010

Rossi entrance not clearing GOP field 

ino Rossi’s long expected entrance into the U.S. Senate race did not prompt a mass exodus by other Republican candidates Wednesday. Several said they welcomed the competition of the former state senator who has been weighing the race for months.Rossi, who announced his candidacy on...

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010


Rossi to announce online at 7 a.m.

Dino Rossi will announce whether he's getting into the U.S. Senate race Wednesday morning on his web site, with an online video announcement. He sent out a press release to that effect and told his supporters on his Facebook page, and tweeted them from his...

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McMorris Rodgers, House GOP unveil new website 

Congressional Republicans announced a "new initiative" to get the public to weigh in on important issues. And by new initiative, they mean a...A new website.They call it America Speaking Out, and it allows folks on the Internet to offer their own ideas or comment on...

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Gregoire: Rossi's been running all along 

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire said she's not worried about fellow Democrat Patty Murray's chances against here two-time opponent Dino Rossi. But trading a three-term incumbent like Murray for Rossi or any Republican challenger "would be a disaster for the state" by losing so much...

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

WA Poll: Jobs top issue, state on wrong track 

More voters think Washington is "seriously on on the wrong" track than going in the right direction, a new survey by University of Washington researchers says.More than half approve of the job President Obama is doing, and slightly les -- 51 percent -- approve of...

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Eyman update: Proposal would ban red light cams

OLYMPIA -- Initiative guru Tim Eyman's latest ballot proposal seeks to ban automated ticketing cameras for running red lights in Mukilteo unless they are approved by two-thirds of that city's council AND a vote of the public.Spin Control mentioned this morning that Eyman had an...

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U.S. Senate race update, Eyman event: Wassup May 24

Washington's U.S. Senate race continues to get noticed by the national news media. The Washington Times today carried a story about the race, focusing on Republican candidate Clint Didier, focusing on the fact that he's a former Washington Redskin, perhaps for those who follow football...

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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

Dino Rossi and former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton talk at a reception for the Mainstream Republican Cascadia Conference in Seattle on May 21, 2010. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Rossi to decide "Soon, very soon" 

Dino Rossi and former Sen. Slade Gorton talk during a reception for the Mainstream Republican Cascadia Conference Friday evening.SEATTLE – Dino Rossi tiptoed up to the starting line for a run for the U.S. Senate Friday evening, telling a crowd of fellow Republicans the nation...

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

I-1058: Could you pass a test on the constitution? 

Monte Benham of Kennewick is convinced that people know very little about the U.S. Constitution and next to nothing about the state Constitution.“Elected officials swear an oath to uphold the state Constitution, and most of them have never even seen it, let alone read it,”he...

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Murray, Cantwell disagree on Wall Street regs

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell see eye-to-eye on most things. The two West Side Washington Democrats have fairly similar voting records.But they parted ways today on the Senate's Wall Street regulation bill. Murray voted yes, calling it "the strongest consumer protections in our history:"Cantwell...

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Bob McCaslin, champion of unions? 

OLYMPIA --Bob McCaslin scored 100 percent on the state Labor Council's legislative report card.Which is a little like Bart Simpson scoring 100 percent on the SATs. You gotta know something strange is going on.But organized labor's report of the late legislative session does give the...

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Palin backs Clint Didier for Senate 

Clint Didier has something that the 10 or so other GOP candidates looking to challenge Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate don't have... and we're not talking about Super Bowl rings here.Support from Sarah Palin.The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate tweeted "be...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010

Third Party candidates have it tough 

The results of a study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics concludes that third party candidates face long odds at getting elected.Which may rival "it rains in Seattle" for the least surprising conclusion of the week. But at least the institute puts...

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Otter in Bellevue, Oregon results: Wassup May 19

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter travels West today. He's the featured speaker at the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute's first annual fundraising dinner at the Bellevue Hilton. The institute is a sort of training ground for young conservative leader prospects, and Otter is likely to get a...

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

AWB backs return to tax-raising supermajority

The Association of Washington Business is throwing its weight behind the return of a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes in the Legislature.The statewide business organization urged its members Tuesday to support Initiative 1053, which was introduced even before the Legislature voted to suspend the provision....

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Gov. Chris Gregoire tour the Port of Tacoma on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review)

Welcome to Tacoma, Mr. Secretary. It rains here.

TACOMA -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got a Washington state trifecta today, experiencing three things for which the West Side is best known: Boeing. Microsoft. And rain.In an effort to emphasize the importance of exports to the nation's fledgling recovery, Geithner planned a tour of...

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More fun videos: Campaign commercials

A few weeks ago, Spin Control reported on a campaign commercial for governor of Alabama, not because we care how the race comes out, but because it contained an interesting catch phrase: "We speak English here."Turns out Alabama is a wealth of fun campaign commercials,...

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