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Sunday Spin: Enough already, DCCC, with the money grubbing

If some Congressional Republicans hadn’t come up with the twin ideas of impeaching and suing President Obama, Democrats might’ve have invented it as a way wring money out of suckers on their e-mail lists.

For more than a week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose acronym is usually spoken as the D-Triple-C, has pursued contributions to fight those two events with a zeal that makes Nigerian bank scammers seem as tame as ushers passing the plate at Sunday Mass. . .

To read the rest of this item, or to comment, continue inside the blog.

Spec Sess Day 24: Democrats to roll out budget

OLYMPIA — House and Senate Democrats will release their latest 2013-15 operating budget plan this afternoon, with a press conference at 12:15 p.m. and a hearing in the House Appropriations Committee at 1:30 p.m.

Whether it's a budget that can pass both houses in the week that remains in the current special session remains to be seen. Leaders of the majority coalition in the Senate said Tuesday they were still opposed to higher taxes, so if it relies on closing tax exemptions or extending temporary taxes, it could be in for tough sledding in the Senate.

And the coalition is back to an actual 25-vote majority this morning with the swearing-in of Republican Steve O'Ban to the seat left open by the death of Sen. Mike Carrell.

Special Session Day 8: Democrats ask McKenna help on medical marijuana

OLYMPIA — A few days after their party's governor vetoed most of the medical marijuana bill last week, House Democrats are asking a likely Republican gubernatorial candidate for a little help on crafting a new version.

Fifteen Democratic representatives, including Spokane's Andy Billig, signed a letter to Attorney General Rob McKenna for help redrafting a bill that would do some of the things that Gov. Chris Gregoire chopped out of the medical marijuana bill with her veto pen.

“We need your guidance as the state’s chief law enforcement officer, given the current heightened uncertainty about the legitimacy of Washington’s medical cannabis program,” the group wrote, adding that the veto has thrown the state's program “into a crisis.”

In the signing some, vetoing most session last week, Gregoire said she hadn't consulted with McKenna about the issue after receiving warnings from federal prosecutors that state employees involved in the regulation of medical marijuana, as required by the bill, could face prosecution under federal drug laws that still make the drug illegal for any use.

Update 1: A spokeswoman for McKenna said they have not yet received the letter (they know about it, having read versions of it on-line) and when the request comes in it will be referred to the head of the opinions office. How long it might take to craft an opinion is unclear, but the office will try to expedite an opinion because legislators are looking at a deadline with the special session, Janelle Guthrie said.

But an AG opinion is supposed to “hold great weight”, so the office will have to study the issue carefully, Guthrie said.

Update 2: At a press conference Tuesday, Gregoire said she didn't ask McKenna for an opinion because the issue involves federal law, not state law. “It's fine they're asking for an opinion, but it's not relevant.”

If state employees did face federal prosecution, McKenna's office would have to defend them, she added.

So to review, House Democrats are asking the Republican state attorney general to help them get around the warnings from federal prosecutors appointed by a Democratic president and a veto by a Democratic governor. This is also the same Republican state attorney general whom legislative Democrats have vocally dissed for his legal opinion on another matter of federal/state relationships regarding health care.

Although to be fair, in challenging federal health care reform, McKenna is on the side arguing state laws overrule federal mandates, which is the side House Democrats want him to take in this issue.

To read the whole letter, click here to go inside the blog.

Murray expected to lead campaign group

Sen. Patty Murray will be announced as the new chairwoman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee later today, sources in the other Washington are saying this morning.

Roll Call, a newspaper and website that covers almost every move in Congress, says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to make the announcement this afternoon. Murray’s office is saying officiallly only that an announcement is coming around noon Pacific time..

But Murray has been under pressure to take the job as the head of the committee working to elect more Democrats to the Senate, or at least make sure fewer Democrats get un-elected to the Senate. Democats have 23 seats to defend in 2012.

Murray had the job for the 2002 campaign cycle.

Today’s fun video: Red state, blue state

This is an interesting depiction of the presidential vote for Democrats and Republicans over the last 90 years compiled by David Sparks of Duke University.

Anyone want to suggest a sound track to go along with it?

Jacobsen joins ranks of departing Dems

OLYMPIA — Sen. Ken Jacobsen of Seattle won’t run for re-election this year.

The 28-year veteran became the fourth Democrat to announce he’s quitting when his term runs out this year: “The job has been wonderful, but at times very stressful. My high blood pressure has forced me to reassess my priorities, especiallyl after it was responsible for a brief stay in the hospital this past October.”

Jacobsen joins Sens. Joe McDermott, Darlene Fairley and Rosa Franklin in hanging it up after long careers. On the Republican side, Sen. Dale Brandland is calling it quits.

From Rs, with Love

If you’re sweetie is a red-blooded Republican, you probably lie awake nights thinking of the appropriate greetings for Valentine’s Day.

Now you can get some sleep, thanks to the Republican National Committee, who is happy to provide a series of e-cards making fun of their (and possibly your V-day crush’s) least favorite Democrats. So  much more touching that flowers, sweeter than chocolates, and a chance to give money to the RNC rather than Hallmark.

Above is one of 18 cards. The rest can be found here. 

Tues. fun video: Stewart rips Ds a new one

Never let it be said that The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart only picks on Republicans. Last night he proved he’s an equal opportunity annoyer in this discussion of the Massachusetts Senate race.

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DNC caucus descending on N. Idaho

Political operatives from 13 Western states will be meeting at the Coeur d’Alene Casino this weekend, providing local residents with a glimpse of something almost as rare in North Idaho as a Kootenai sturgeon.

Democrats. (Yeah, there used to a lot more of them around these parts, too.)

The Western States Caucus will be bringing Democratic National Committee members in for about four days of confering, conversing and otherwise hobnobbing with their brother wizards.

Some might ask why, in a state that’s among the most Republican red in the nation, based on the presidential election results or the ratios in the Legislature, where Democratic caucuses could be held in phone booths, if there were any such receptacles to be found.

But Barack Obama won the state’s caucuses last spring, and the party has hopes that the West will become “the new South,” Aleita Huguenin, the chairwoman of the caucus said.

After Tea time, who wins?

Inland Northwest Democrats who belittle the Tea Party gatherings of last Wednesday do so at their peril.

Inland Northwest Republicans who embrace them wholeheartedly could be in for a few surprises.

In terms of number of venues and total participants, the demonstrations outstripped any protests in recent history.

The Spokane event may not have been significantly larger than the city’s biggest Iraq War protest in 2003. But even if both attracted between 2,000 and 3,000 people – crowd estimates are extremely difficult and notoriously unreliable, so there’s no sense even debating which had more people – it’s important to remember that Wednesday’s Tea Party in Spokane was one of about a dozen within a two-hour drive.

There may have been another 1,000 over time in Coeur d’Alene’s city park, plus gatherings in Colville and Colfax, Priest River and Moscow. If total numbers count…

After Tea time, who wins?

Inland Northwest Democrats who belittle the Tea Party gatherings of last Wednesday do so at their peril.

Inland Northwest Republicans who embrace them wholeheartedly could be in for a few surprises.

In terms of number of venues and total participants, the demonstrations outstripped any protests in recent history.

The Spokane event may not have been significantly larger than the city’s biggest Iraq War protest in 2003. But even if both attracted between 2,000 and 3,000 people – crowd estimates are extremely difficult and notoriously unreliable, so there’s no sense even debating which had more people – it’s important to remember that Wednesday’s Tea Party in Spokane was one of about a dozen within a two-hour drive.

There may have been another 1,000 over time in Coeur d’Alene’s city park, plus gatherings in Colville and Colfax, Priest River and Moscow. If total numbers count…

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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.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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