Spin Control archive for Oct. 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

Gov. 'Alice' offers treats

Gov.Chris Gregoire as Alice, and husband Mike greet trick or treater Jack Kesler, age 2 1/2 at the Governor's Mansion. OLYMPIA -- One thing Gov. Chris Gregoire is likely to miss when she leaves office at the end of this year is Halloween trick or...

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Ref 74 gets $25,000 from Brad Pitt

The campaign to pass same-sex marriage in Washington state got a contribution Wednesday that is far from it's biggest, but may be from one of its most celebrated donors: Actor Brad Pitt. And you thought he was busy making perfume commercials. Pitt recently gave $100,000...

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It's Halloween. Take your signs down

It's Halloween, which is great for the candy manufacturers, fun for the kids, but often terrible for campaign signs. Those placards on a stick are among the easiest targets for Halloween mischief. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on...

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Where to take your ballot

In Spokane County, there's a drop box at most public libraries, as well as a couple other spots. For a list, go inside the blog. For other Washington counties, click here to find the information on your county.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012


Registration up but ballots coming in slower

Spokane County has record voter registration this year, but it may not be on track to have a record turnout. Or "turn-in" if you prefer the more accurate description of how Washington states. A comparison of the rate of ballot returns up to today shows...

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012



Today's fun videos: Long versions

Although television is full of 30-second campaign commercials, the Internet is awash in longer videos from diferent groups that have so much to say and show that it won't fit in that restricted time frame. With a little extra time, they can go above and...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2012

Election reminder: Save your signs

Wednesday is Halloween. While it is mostly a holiday devoted to raising the blood sugar levels of small children, it is also a time when older youths wander around looking for trouble to get into. Among the easiest targets for such mischief are campaign yard...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012

Sunday Spin: Democrats flip-flop and denounce donor 

Several court decisions make clear that political contributions are protected political speech, so in most cases donors are free to make them. Missing from all the discussions about the kinds and limits of the donations, however, is the responsibility of the people on the other...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

Saturday night: Goodman at SFCC 

For those who crave politics on a Saturday night rather than football, a movie or bad television, Spokane Falls Community College will be the place to be this week. Amy Goodman, whose columns appear in The Spokesman-Review (her most recent is here), will be at...

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Did Shea break pledge to Republican group? 11 

In August, state Rep. Matt Shea appeared to be mending bridges in the local Republican Party. He attended a meeting of the Republicans of Spokane County and won the group's endorsement. The Republicans of Spokane County is an organization that formed a few years ago...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Notes from a Democratic rally

About 150 gathered for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign rally this evening in Spokane at the Lincoln Center. There wasn’t much we haven’t heard on the trail before, so here are a few miscellaneous thoughts: -- The Democrats appear enthused about the race for Congress....

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Wonderland at Gov mansion? 1 day only

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire and her husband Mike have picked out their costumes to greet trick-or-treaters next week. The governor will be appearing as Alice, of Wonderland fame. Mike Gregoire will be dressed as the White Rabbit. During Gregoire's tenure, the mansion has been...

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Obama backs Ref. 74 

OLYMPIA -- President Obama gave a thumbs up to Referendum 74, the ballot measure in Washington that would legalize same-sex marriage, supporters said today. Not a huge surprise, considering Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage earlier this year, a few months after the...

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Complaint filed against flyers targetting McLaughlin 

Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that appear to be printed with a copy machine or computer printer criticize McLaughlin, a Republican,...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2012


Listen to McMorris Rodgers and Cowan make case on pot 

Both candidates for Congress in Spokane's 5th Congressional District oppose the initiative that would legalize marijuana under many circumstances. But they differ on an issue over which they may have some say. That's the proposed reclassification of the drug to allow it to be prescribed...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

Inslee ad features Spokane

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is attempting to make points with Spokane voters with a new television commercial that touts his ties to Eastern Washington, and features several local scenes. Standing on the Cliff Drive overlook to downtown Spokane, Inslee tells viewers "my wife Trudi...

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Debates will feature county commission candidates, Biviano 

Candidates for Spokane County Commission will face off Wednesday evening in student-led debates hosted by the Central Valley High School’s Government Club. The club also has invited the candidates in the hotly-contest Spokane Valley race for state House between incumbent Republican Matt Shea and Democrat...

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