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Today’s fun video: July 6, quickly


Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, all you need to know about Wednesday, July 6.

Watch, then go back to sipping ice tea in the shade.

WA Lege Day 5: Damp and slow

OLYMPIA — A gray Friday with relatively little committee action and even less floor action.

The Senate's main task this morning was passing a resolution on National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The House was in and out quickly.

Committee meetings were mainly “work sessions” in which issues rather than specific bills are discussed. House Education is talking education reform and Senate Higher Education is talking about the way various colleges handle credit for prior classes. Senate Judiciary has a hearing on the victimization of homeless people.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown has her first press conference of the session at 1 p.m.

Who’s cozier with BP? Wassup June 16

The Senate campaign between Patty Murray and Dino Rossi appears Wednesday to be a contest over who can paint the other as cozying up to the worst villain in the universe.

That would be BP.

Rossi described the latest energy bill, which includes a cap-and-trade proposal, as a “BP-Backed national energy tax” and demanded that Murray denounce it. That’s in line with the Senate Republican communications release this week that refered to BP’s support of cap-and-trade when it was drafted a few months ago.

State Democrats dissed Rossi for not jumping on board a Murray plan to force BP to put $20 billion into an escrow account to cleanup the Deepwater Horizon spill. Rossi reportedly told the Vancouver Columbian he thought a few questions should be answered first, such as who should administer the fund and whether BP would pay the money in voluntarily or be forced into it.

Next up: A contest between who’s more wishy washy, the candidate who wants BP executives sent to the guillotine and who wants them drawn and quartered.

Republican Senate Clint Didier, meanwhile, continues to tweet from Washington, D.C., about all the fun he’s having meeting Republican bigwigs and raising money for the race.

A quiet day in Olympia, but it seems like a busy one in Washington, D.C. Murray plans to question Defense Secretary Robert Gates about letting Airbus bid on the new tanker in light of their smackdown by the World Trade Organization. (Interesting typo in the Murray press release refers to the plane as the “serial refueling tanker”, which could actually work for missions that involve refueling squadrons of fighters.)

Also in D.C., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a busy day releasing reports. First she has a GAO report on federal funding that goes to groups that provide abortions, then a study on the impacts of multiple deployments on military families.

Last day to file, GOP in Vancouver: Wassup June 11

Not to be a nag, but today is the last day for candidates to file for office. And if you’re waiting until the last minute, remember that the offices close at different times, depending on what individual counties are facing in terms of budget problems.

In Spokane County, the office closes at 4 p.m. In Olympia, the Secretary of State’s office closes at 5 p.m. For a list of some other elections offices around Eastern Washington, click here to see an early post.

The U.S. Senate race grew to a baker’s dozen with the addition of Mohammad Said, an Ephrata physician. He’s run before as a Democrat, this time he lists a preference for “the Centrist Party.”

Speaking of the Senate race, Politico has a long piece on the courting of Dino Rossi by Republicans in the other Washington. Washington state Democrats are flagging it a sign Rossi’s an insider; a more balanced read would suggest that Rossi will have plenty of resources to run against Murray if he beats Clint Didier and the gaggle of other candidates in the Aug. 17 primary. Didier got in the race Thursday, apparently choosing to ignore the admonition from another would-be Republican challenger, Sean Salazar, who wrote an open letter on Red County urging Didier to drop in favor of Rossi.

(Salazar it should be noted, is not exactly a model of consistency on this point. Two weeks ago, his campaign spokeswoman said he was sticking in the race: “He’s not going anywhere. We’ve put so much work into this campaign, the volunteers are saying ‘You better not jump the race.’” who two weeks ago said )

Perhaps the Republicans will sort all this out in Vancouver, where they are gathering for their state convention. Delegates have a dinner with guest speaker Michelle Malkin tonight. Candidates speak to the assembled body on Saturday.

Rossi, 2 more Ds in Senate race: Wassup June 10

Dino Rossi filed his candidate paperwork this morning at the Secretary of State’s office., making him the ninth candidate in the U.S. Senate race. Democrats Charles Allen of Seattle filed online yesterday evening, and the paperwork got processed this monring. Democrat Bob Burr of Bellingham filed this morning.

Republican Paul Akers is planning a 12:30 p.m. filing to coincide with a campaign evenet.

Other morning additions to the ballot:

Morgan Oyler, who lists the GOP Party preference, filed to run against Timm Ormsby in one of central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District House races.

Republican state Rep. Matt Shea filed for re-election in one of the Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District House race.

Chris Bugbee became the fifth candidate in the Spokane County prosecutor’s race.

More candidates, more events: Wassup June 9

The field for Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District filled out overnight, a result of candidates being able to file on-line. No surprises, though.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers got her paperwork filed. Newcomer Clyde Cordero, a Democrat, and Randall Yearout of the Constitution Party also got their paperwork in to run against the three-term Republican incumbent. Perennial candidate Barbara Lampert, also a Democrat, was the first to file for the seat on Monday.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen filed for re-election, as did Justice Richard Sanders, who already faces a challenge from Charlie Wiggens of Bainbridge Island. Stan Rumbaugh of Tacoma filed for Position 1, the seat held by Justice Jim Johnson, who is expected to file later this week.

Number of candidates in the U.S. Senate race is up to eight, with yet another perennial candidate, William Chovill of Tacoma, in the race. And the two most visible Republicans, Clint Didier and Dino Rossi, haven’t even filed yet. Noon update: Republican Paul Akers said this morning  he will file Thursday…that would make 11.

Two Spokane area candidates are filing today, and may bump into each other at the county elections office. Republican Mike Baumgartner, who is challenging state Sen. Chris Marr in the 6th Legislative District, has a post-sign up rally at 3:30 p.m.; so does incumbent County Commissioner Bonnie Mager, a Democrat seeking her second term.

Not sure how big a crowd either is expecting, but there’s a fairly big parking lot outside the elections office.

Filing Week, Day 2: Wassup June 7

Candidates continue to turn in paperwork to county elections offices and the Secretary of State today, although Tuesday traditionally is one of the lightest days of filing week.

The big rush on Monday be candidates who either want to be first or don’t want to forget is followed by a few days of candidates who are setting up campaign events around the turning in of paper work and those who are fitting it into a busy schedule.

Beyond the names — some familiar, some not — a curious thing is happening with the “party preference” part of the forms. Just as in 2008, some “Rs” are filing as preferring the Republican Party and others are filing as preferring the GOP Party. (Yes, that’s a redundancy because the P in GOP stands for Party, but don’t complain to me, complain to them.)

On the other side of the aisle, some “Ds” are filing as preferring the Democratic Party, while others are filing as preferring the Democrat Party. It would seem that all these years of Republicans stressing the word without the -ic as a slur has finally seeped into the subconscious of the other side, and now some Democrats don’t know their nouns from their adjectives, either.

There’s a smattering of Green, Independent and No Party preferences. But a few candidates are just having fun with the party preference line. Tim Sutinene says he Prefers Lower Taxes Party (wouldn’t we all?). Leslie Klein of Seattle Prefers (R) Problem fixer Party. Jon T. Haugen of Vancouver wrote he “Prefers Neither Party”.

And for the readers wondering if “Goodspaceguy” is the real name of a candidate running for the U.S. Senate. Yes, it is. He previously went by Mike Nelson, Mike Goodspaceguy Nelson or Goodspaceguy Nelson. One of his main campaign planks is to colonize orbital space.

He runs for something just about every year, including King County executive last year, the U.S. House in 2008 , the U.S. Senate in 2006 and governor in 2004. Part of this year’s campaign strategy appears to be slimming down to a single name.

McMorris Rodgers at VA hospital, filing week approaches: Wassup June 4

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at 2 p.m. Friday for a tour. It’s one of several military and veteran related events this weekend for the Eastern Washington Republican.

She was at Fairchild Air Force Base this morning for a “dirt-turner” — the groundbreaking ceremony for a new physical fitness center. On Saturday, she’s at the Veterans’ and Military Families Resource Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WSU Riverpoint Campus, 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. There’s a town hall style meeting at 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, would-be candidates around the state will have to make up their minds pretty soon about whether they really want to run. Really. Next week is filing week. People who have been talking about running for weeks, months or even years have to file their paperwork and pay your filing fee. Or as they say in poker, put up or shut up.

One candidate for U.S. Senate, Republican legislator Don Benton, dropped out of the race today. (See post immediately below.) Don’t be surprised if more would-be’s turn into won’t-be’s by next Friday.

Patty Murray, Larry Craig and trees: Wassup June 3

Sen. Patty Murray is in Spokane this afternoon to makr the celebration of a local company, McKistry Co., with Mayor Mary Verner. They’re whooping it up at 1:30 p.m. at the Great Northern Building, 802 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.

The city’s Father’s Day Centennial Celebration Committee will be planting a tree in honor of Dad’s Day at 2 p.m. at Grant Elementary School, 1300 E. 9th Ave. Why a tree and why Grant? you may ask. Because the person who invented Father’s Day, Sonora Smart Dodd was from Spokane and her son, Jack, went to Grant Elementary and later grew up to be in the U.S. Forest Service. (Bet you thought Father’s Day was invented by Hallmark.)

And just when you think late night television has forgot all about former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, the Daily Show features him on a segment about the perks one misses when leaving the Senate. John Oliver dying to ask about one aspect of flying back to Idaho, while Craig is talking about another aspect, is pretty funny…and Craig demonstrates he still has his singing voice.

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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 more than they follow politics.

It mentions the Sarah Palin endorsement, the fact that Didier and other candidates are waiting for potential candidate Dino Rossi to announce whether he’s getting into the race and some poll info. The WashTimes article is being circulated by what on the surface may seem an unusual source, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. But hardly anything written about the race fails to get spread around by e-mail from the DSCC these days.

In other news, Tim Eyman is holding a kickoff for a new initiative this afternoon. He doesn’t say which one, which is too bad because Eyman has filed so many initiatives this year that it’s hard to guess which one he’s going to be boosting at the event, which is at Mukilteo City Hall.

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 warm welcome despite recent efforts to grab businesses from Washington. Republicans, after all, think Butch was doing it for the right reasons.

Oregon had a primary last night that generated exponentiallyl less interest nationally than some other states. In the governor’s primary, former Gov. John Kitzhaber easily won the Democratic nomination and Chris Dudley, a former NBA center,  finished on top of a crowded GOP race.Incumbent Democrat Ron Wyden had no trouble in the U.S. Senate primary, and Jim Huffman, a former law professor,  topped the Republican field.

One interesting stat: Oregon’s turnout in its all-mail balloting was 41 percent. (Unlike Washington, Election Day is the final deadline for having ballots in elections officials’ hands.) Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown notes that exceeds turnout in three states with high-profile races, Kentucky which is at 33 percent, Arkansas 25 percent and Pennsylvania at 22 percent.

Since it is an otherwise slow day, here’s a look at what talking head political commentary on cable television might come to, brought to you by Onion News Network.

Geithner in Pugetopolis, recall appeal coming: Wassup May 18

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is in the Seattle-Tacoma corridor today. He spoke to the Microsoft CEO Summit this morning (closed to the press), toured the Boeing plant in Renton, (photos allowed, but no talking to the press), and tours the Port of Tacoma this afternoon (press conference to follow).

In Tacoma, he’ll be joined by Gov. Chris Gregoire. They’ll talk international trade, which, according to sources, is kind of important around here.

Elsewhere, Jim Vaughn of Orting says he’s decided to appeal last Friday’s ruling that his effort to recall Gregoire is not legally sufficient. (Read more about the recall effort here.)

Vaughn says after his session in Thurston County Superior Court he has a better feel for what the courts may want, and will try to make improvements for the appeal, which goes directly to the state Supreme Court…and he may have learned the truth to the old axiom about a person representing himself. “I would love to have an experienced attorney help me and present an appeal to the Supreme Court for me. Maybe there is a young attorney that would like the opportunity to make the presentation and a name for him or herself.”

In the other Washington, Sen. Patty Murray is trying to get “Oil Spill Cleanup” legislation moving through the Senate. Her floor speech is on her website..

In this Washington, it’s the 30th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens Blast. The state archives is getting in on the celebration with a special exhibit in Olympia on pre-blast days. You can read more about it here.

Labor endorsements given, police protest delayed: Wassup May 17

Unions in Washington state are threatening to hold back their support for some Democrats in statewide races after a couple of disappointing sessions. Over the weekend, the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO had its Committee on Political Education convention and left some significant gaps in the legislative race lineup.

Not surprisingly, all incumbent Democrats in U.S. congressional races got endorsements, as well as Craig Pridemore in the open 3rd District race and Jay Clough who is running against Republican Rep. Doc Hastings in central Washington’s 4th District.

In fact, the only congressional race without a labor endorsement is Eastern Washington’s 5th District, where incumbent Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has drawn a challenger from the right, the Constitutional Party’s Randall Yearout, but a serious Democrat has yet to materialize for the race. (And one may not. It is getting extremely late.)

Labor delegates did endorse state Rep. Timm Ormsby and Democratic hopeful Andy Billig in central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District, but otherwise ignored other Eastern Washington contests.

They voted to oppose returning the super-majority for tax increases, privatized worker’s comp, privatized liquor stores or any attempt to repeal taxes the Legislature raised last seesion, and support the proposal for an income tax — if any of them get on the ballot.

In Spokane, if you were planning to come to City Hall tonight to support independent  investigations of the city Police Department, you can stay home…for a week. The groups planning to rally before a City Council meeeting have moved their demonstration to next Monday, May 24, at 5 p.m., because the council moved the issue to next week’s agenda.

Coming Tuesday:

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is in Seattle to tour a Boeing plant and Tacoma to tour the port.

The Spokesman-Review unveils its multi media package to mark the 30th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens explosion.

Gates Senior, dam fixes: Wassup May 14

Bill Gates Sr., is in Spokane this evening, trying to drum up support for a proposal that would place a state income taxe on folks with annual incomes over $200,000, or couples over $400,000.

Initiative 1098, which would also cut the state property tax and make changes to the business and occupation tax, will be on the November ballot if Gates and other supporters can gather about 300,000 signatures by the end of June. He’s at the Glacier Conference Room at the Quality Inn, 110 E. 4th Ave., at 5 p.m. He’s also speaking to the Washington Education Association gathering at the Convention Center at 8 p.m.

On the other side of the state, Sen. Patty Murray,  U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott and an array of local officials are celebrating the announcement of $44 million in federal money to help shore up the Howard Hanson Dam in the Green River Valley.

And talk of Gov. Chris Gregoire being on the list of possible replacements for Elena Kagan as the White House solicitor general appear to have quieted, at least for the time being.

Tanker bids, plastic factories, Greek bailouts: Wassup May 11

For a plane that has been discussed for nearly a decade but never built, the next U.S. Air Force tanker continues to create “news” opportunities for politicians and PR specialists. Sen. Patty Murray joins union machinists at a rally to support the Boeing bid to sell the Pentagon a version of its 767 for a new tanker.

Meanwhile, EADS, the maker of Boeing chief rival Airbus and the only other company looking to bid on the $35 billion-plus contract, counters with a release through its PR arm KC-45 Now, that rallies don’t build planes. It has a video on its website of a new tanker that actually flies.So there, nyah. (Not that the newspaper pays me to offer advice in this little spitting match, but the next round could feature a video from Boeing that says “here’s all the tankers we’ve built for the U.S. of A. Air Force” with planes stretching back to the ‘40s, and here’s all the tankers Airbus has built for our boys and girls in blue, with a blank screen. And Airbus could follow with mug shots of folks who went to prison for dirty dealing on an earlier tanker deal, with “Would you buy a tanker from this company?”)

Elsewhere, Gov. Chris Gregoire is in Puyallup to mark the opening of the new Saint-Gobain factory, which makes special plastics and composites for aerospace and computers.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continues to knock United States participation in the International Monetary Fund’s assistance to Greece with a new column at with a cutesy headline: “My Big Fat Greek Bailout.” (In her defense, headlines are often written by someone else.)

Democrats continue to snipe at not-yet candidate Dino Rossi, this time because Politico is reporting a bank he helped start early in the last decade is under a directive from the Office of Comptroller of Currency to get more cash to shore up bad loans.


Wassup: May 10

Reaction is already starting to come in on President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sen. Patty Murray is a thumbs up, saying Kagan “is unquestionable a highly qualilfied choice.”

Idaho’s Sen. Jim Risch is taking a wait-and-see approach: “I am a strong supporter of the rule of law and believe judges are to objectively interpret our laws, not create new ones.  Over the coming months, I will be looking closely at Solicitor General Elena Kagan’s academic and public service record and listening carefully as she goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee.” 

Reaction of another sort to news that the International Monetary Fund may be lending $321 billion as part of a package to stabilize the euro and help Greece, Portugal and Spain. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who had a guest column she co-authored run in The New York Post on Saturday, called the deal a “global TARP” that the United States can’t afford. “The Obama Admnistration needs to stop taking America down this path which may end up costing hundreds of billions of dollars.”

Meanwhile, Murray and Gov. Chris Gregoire are among those joining Boeing honchos in Mukilteo to announce the possible economic impact of Boeing getting the new tanker bid. Just a guess, but it’s probably “huge.”

Tomorrow state flags will be at half-staff to honor Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman of Ylem, who was killed last week by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.


Wassup: May 7

OLYMPIA — State officials will honor slain deputies, police officers and other law enforcement types this afternoon in a ceremony at the state Peace Officers Memorial, which is north of the Temple of Justice overlooking Capitol Lake.

The annual ceremony takes on additional significance this year with the string of law officer slayings last fall on the West Side. Those names have already been added to the memorial wall.

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Attorney General Rob McKenna will be speaking at the ceremony. Weather expected to cooperate.

Congrats go out to Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin, who received the state’s Elections Employee of the Year Award at t his week’s state elections office. Other counties praised McLaughlin for his willingness to help neighboring counties on elections matters, a release from Secretary of State Sam Reed’s office said. Which makes sense because he’s always available to help news reporters with their elections questions, too.

In the other Washington, we have some catchup from late announcements yestereday:

Sen. Maria Cantwell has joined with Sen. John McCain — interesting combination, no? — to reintroduce tough rules on banks. They want to restore Glass-Steagall, a law that kept the commercial banks and the investment banks separate from 1933 to the mid 1990s. You can read more about it here.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers continued her fight against U.S. aid to Greece by way of the International Monetary Fund. You can watch her discussion of why this is a bad idea here.

And this just in: The U.S. Census Department has announced the best and worst cities for turning in their Census forms, and the winner is…


Wassup: May 6

OLYMPIA — Thursday is state Supreme Court decision day, and the high court handed down several rulings, including one involving pornography, the Internet and public libraries. Quick synopsis: By a 6-3 vote, you don’t have a right to surf the net for porn in a public library.

Read a story about it here, or for those really interested, read the majority opinion here, a concurring opinion here and the dissent here.

There’s also a decision involving a Spokane man’s request to own a firearm after being convicted of vehicular homicide. Quick synopsis: By a 9-0 vote, James Rivard gets his gun. Read that opinion here.

The state is releasing a study on pay scale and benefits for state employees. Early reports say most state workers make less than their counterparts in the private sector but have better benefits.

Attorney General Rob McKenna announced a $10 million settlement with drug manufacturer AstraZeneca over the marketing of Seroquel, a drug used to treat schizophrenia and manic depression. More details here.

State Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, who would like to become U.S. Sen. Don Benton, R-Washington, is airing  his first TV ads against incumbent Patty Murray.

Murray, meanwhile, is holding the first meeting of the congressional Aerospace Caucus, hosting a luncheon with U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., that features Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. Odds are that somewhere before dessert was served, Murray turned to Donley and said “Whose stupid idea was it to put off the selecting the bidder for tne new Air Force tanker until Nov. 12?”

And a coalition of environmental groups, commercial and sport fishermen and energy organizations introduced a plan for a process to restore salmon runs in the Snake River. They’re trying to push Murray and Washington’s other senator, Maria Cantwell, to join in the process. More information about Working Snake River for Washington can be found here.

And for your viewing pleasure, here’s Jon Stewart’s take on what the American people get:

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Wassup: April 27

Gov. Chris Gregoire is signing several bills at 2 p.m., including one that orders state workers to take 10 days off without pay over the next 15 months.

Attorney General Rob McKenna is in the other Washington, preparing for Wednesday’s appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court on the initiative signatures case. It’s being watched closely by First Amendment lawyers and legal analysts, states who have similary laws on initiatives and public records, initiative sponsors and political experts. It is the last case to be argued before the Supremes this term, and the last one with Justice John Paul Stevens on the bench.

Paul Akers, one of the Republicans looking to take on U.S. Sen Patty Murray, signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, promising not to raise taxes or cut tax cuts/deductions.

Also in the Senate race, state Sen. Don Benton has an internet ad up that criticizes the incumbent’s vote on health care reform. Not just any vote, but a vote against an amendment to the final package involving erectile dysfunction drugs for sex offenders. You can see the ad here. You can read a criticque of the claim here.

Wassup: April 26

Statue of Confucius at his family’s cemetery in Qufu, China

A quiet day in Olympia, with Gov. Chris Gregoire set to announce an appointment to the Dourt of Appeals at 1:30 p.m. and sign a Memo of Understanding in Seattle at 4 p.m. to create a Confucius Institute of Washington State at the University of Washington.

The instititute is a non-profit to promote Chinese language and culture in Washington schools, so skip the Charlie Chan jokes.

The Pentagon is notifying the Idaho National Guard’s 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team it is deploying to Iraq this fall. The brigade, which also has units in Oregon and Montana, was last deployed to Iraq in 2004.

Meanwhile, the City of Spokane is changing the markers on its storm drains with a new slogan “Only Rain Down the Drain.” Apparently “Don’t pour your nasty crap down this storm drain, bozo” was not in the running.


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