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Today’s fun video: Candidate shows he can take it

 

Republican Mike McFadden, running for Minnesota's U.S. Senate seat now held by Democrat Al Franken, ignored the old W.C. Fields advice about never working with dogs or kids.

He has the players of his junior football team — or somebody's players, as they look like they come straight from Central Casting — delivering the message about how he taught them their skills but Congress is fumbling its job. Cute, until the very end when one of the helmeted youngsters delivers a quick blow to McFadden.

There is some debate in Minnesota about where he gets hit. Abdomen? Solar plexus? Groin?

The way he delivers the “I approved this message” line, it kind of sounds like the third option. 

Today’s fun video: Ad didn’t rock Texas race

 

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst closed out his primary campaign with this upbeat disco themed commercial.

He lost.

Causation, correlation or coincidence? Discuss.

Today’s fun video: More guns in campaign ads

 

Guns continue to be a popular accessory in 2014 campaign ads.

Today’s fun video: Candidate who’s REALLY strong on 2nd Amendment

 

Bob Quast, running as a write-in for U.S. Senate in Iowa, makes it very clear where he stands on gun rights, term limits and law degrees.

Just wondering: How well would a Senate candidate with an ad like this do in Washington? Or in Idaho?

Today’s fun video: Anti-Pelosi Zombie ad

 

This may be the most off-the-wall campaign ad of the 2012 cycle.

It's from Republican John Dennis, a long-shot challenger to Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, and features a sheep, some Zombies and, well, just a lot of unusual stuff. 

Dennis apparently decided to use his long-shot status to his advantage…or at least, to the ad-makers advantage.

More bills signed: Eyeglasses and Discover Passes

OLYMPIA – Charities like the Union Gospel Mission can soon resume distributing used eyeglasses to people who can’t afford to buy them, under a bill signed into law Friday.

The legislation, which protects charities like the Mission and the Lions Club International from lawsuits for distributing glasses and hearing aids, was one of more than 60 bills signed today by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Also signed were bills that allow residents to use the Discover Pass for state parks and other state lands on two vehicles, require more information on some political ads, offer more protection to victims of domestic violence and crack down on Medicaid fraud. . .

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Today’s fun video: You think our ads are bad…


For those not sick to death of the television commercials for races in Washington state and Idaho, we offer Slate e-magazine’s compilation of the best/worst ads from around the state.

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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.

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