Spin Control archive for Sept. 2010

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29, 2010

McCaslin: Won't run for Senate in 2012

State Sen. Bob McCaslin plans to serve out his current term in the Legislature, then quit. Not to just lie around the house and do nothing...he says he wants to devote time to his other elective job, that of Spokane Valley city councilman.He told S-R...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

Marr campaign warned to display party affiliation 

The state Public Disclosure Commission plans to send a warning letter to the campaign of state Sen. Chris Marr for not mentioning his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad.Phil Stutzman, the PDC's director of compliance, said the commission decided not to open a formal...

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Younger voters stayed away in droves in primary

If you don't like the choices produced by Washington's Aug. 17 primary, you have two choices:* Blame voters over 55, who cast most of the ballots.* Blame under 35, who cast hardly any of them.Figures released Tuesday by the Washington Secretary of State's office show...

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Motorcyclists want candidates' attention 

A Spokane group of motorcyclists is fighting for attention among local politicians.The Inland Empire Chapter of ABATE, a motorcyclist rights organization that opposes helmet laws and other restrictions on motorcycle riding, has been hosting a series of candidate forums that are restricted to one topic:...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010


More looks at the 'Pledge'

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was on CNN's Sunday morning talk show, explaining/defending the "Pledge to America" to Candy Crowley with Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.Meanwhile, FactCheck.org was dissecting the pledge, and found it some facts don't check out in a report that can be...

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WA may add a congressional seat

Washington state could be in line for a new congressional district when the numbers from the 2010 Census become final.A private organization that analyzes census, election and political data said Monday the state could just make the cut for adding a seat if the once-per-decade...

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"Sanity" rally coming to Spokane

Jon Stewart's mock protest gathering, the Rally to Restore Sanity, will have a Spokane version on Oct. 30 in Riverfront Park.As seen below, Stewart announced a send-up earlier this month of the Glenn Beck rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Whether intended or not, it struck...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 25, 2010

Real voter fraud is bad, but it's rare 

Mention “voter fraud” and the politically righteous thunder how it won’t be tolerated. How nothing is more important than protecting the ballot. How only the lowest of the low – usually connected with the opposing party – would stoop to such a thing.So when elections...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

Biden to campaign with Murray in Tacoma

Vice President Joe Biden will attend a rally in Tacoma on Oct. 8 with Sen. Patty Murray, her campaign said today.All details of the rally aren't available yet, but it will be at the University of Washington Tacoma campus and registration starts at 9 a.m.First...

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House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center, holds up a copy of the GOP agenda, "A Pledge to America", Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at a lumber yard in Sterling, Va. From left are, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Va., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Boehner, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

McMorris Rodgers makes GOP 'Pledge' 

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteU.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was among House Republican leaders unveiling their 2010 campaign strategy, the "Pledge to America" at a lumberyard in Virginia.She's the easiest to distinguish person in the photo above, considering she's the only woman. Also in the photo,...

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Knezovich says he wouldn't sign platform

Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich won party backing for his current reelection bid last year. Had he waited to seek an endorsement, Knezovich may not have won that endorsement. That's because, he says, he will not sign the party's pledge to support the county platform....

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22, 2010

Baumgartner, Marr talk budget cuts

Here's the second in a series of videos with incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his Republican opponent, Michael Baumgartner.They describe cuts that they think should be made to state government to help balance the budget.The first video, where they answer: "Would you support...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

Tanker contract fuels Senate campaign 

The nation's nine-year debate on how to replace Air Force tankers became a talking point in two places Tuesday: the floor of the U.S. Senate and the Senate campaign in Washington state.An amendment to next year's Defense Authorization bill would have banned Airbus from getting...

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Michelle Obama will campaign in Washington

First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Washington state for Sen. Patty Murray in the coming weeks, a Murray spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.Neither a date or a place can be confirmed at this point, Julie Edwards of the Murray campaign said.The Associated Press is reporting that...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 20, 2010

SATURDAY, SEPT. 18, 2010

What Rossi needs for lightning to strike again 

Washington voters tend to stick with incumbents, with notable exceptions.They ousted Sen. Warren G. Magnuson in 1980, when he was among the most powerful members of the Senate. They ousted Speaker Tom Foley in 1994, when he was the most powerful member of the House....

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, 2010

Marr, Baumgartner debate taxes

Here is the first of what should be several videos showing incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his challenger, Republican Michael Baumgartner, give their stance on the issues.Meanwhile, the videos produced before the primary focusing on the other hotly contested race in the 6th...

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Tea Party plans rally on Floating Stage

The Tea Party of Spokane has scheduled a gathering for Oct. 2 that will feature Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders and several Republicans running for local office.State Rep. Matt Shea will serve as master of ceremonies and Sanders is the key speaker. Other GOP candidates...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

Rossi agrees to 2 debates, calls for more

Republican challenger Dino Rossi accepted a debate in Spokane and another in Seattle that Democratic Sen. Patty Murray had previously agreed to do. But in doing so, Rossi repeated his call for additional head-to-head matchups, saying voters deserve more.Murray accepted debate invitations about three weeks...

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Signature fraud case filed against I-1098 worker 

OLYMPIA -- King County will prosecute a state worker for signature fraud in a case involving at least 19 phony signatures on Initiative 1098, the income tax proposal.Claudia McKinney, a member of Service Employees International Union who was paid by the union for the time...

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Elway Poll: Tax initiatives ahead, but not winning

Three initiatives that would change the state's tax policies -- instituting an income tax, dropping a series of consumer taxes or requiring supermajorities to pass new taxes -- have more support than opposition among voters, a new poll by Elway Research Inc. indicates.But none of...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010


Today's fun video: Passionate candidate, take 2

Remember last week's video of the passionate candidate? Wonder what happened to him? Wonder if he popped a blood vessel and keeled over?Here's Phil Davison on Good Morning America where he seems like a calm, fairly reasonable guy. And a good sport about his inadvertent...

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