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Veep candidate makes local stops

A vice presidential candidate is making stops in Spokane tonight and Cheney tomorrow.

But it's not Joe Biden or Paul Ryan.

Instead, it's Libertarian Party nominee Jim Gray, a former California judge, who shares that party's ticket with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson. Gray was featured prominently in a story on the third-party candidates on the Washington ballot several weeks ago.

He will be at:

Spokane Events and Catering, 15012 E. Sprague in the Spokane Valley from 7-9 p.m. tonight.

EWU's Pence Union Building, on 5th Street, in Cheney, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Today’s video: Romney’s 47% comment, and his response

In case you're wondering what exactly GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a fundraiser in May about Barack Obama's supporters, here is the video clip, courtesy of Mother Jones:

 

Here is his explanation Monday night of how he could've used better words in his “off the cuff remarks”, but sticks by the message.

 

Feel free to weigh in, in the comments section.

Is it better to have more presidential candidates, or fewer?

Possible bragging rights for Washington over Idaho: We have more presidential candidates on our ballot than you have.

Possible bragging rights for Idaho over Washington: We have fewer presidential candidates hardly anyone's  ever heard of on our ballot than you.

As colleague Betsy Russell reports over on Eye on Boise, the Idaho presidential ballot is set: 
Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, of course, plus Libertarian Gary Johnson, Constitution Party's Virgil Goode and independents Rocky Anderson and Jill Stein.

Washington's ballot, which was set about a month ago lists all six, although it identifies Anderson as being with the Justice Party and Stein with Green Party. Washington also has Peta Lindsay of the Socialism and Liberation Party and James Harris of the Socialist Workers Party.  For more on the third party candidates on the Washington ballot, click here.

Lawsuit would keep Romney off Washington ballot

OLYMPIA — A political party is seeking to keep Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan off Washington's Nov. 6 general election ballot. And it's not the Democratic Party.

The Libertarian Party of Washington argues in a lawsuit filed this week in Thurston County Superior Court that the GOP, like the LPWA, is not a “major party” under state law but a “minor party.” This isn't an instance of the parties comparing various parts of their anatomy, but a distinction in law that decides how candidates for president make it on the ballot.

J. Mills, a former state LPWA chairman and the attorney who filed the lawsuit, said it's a matter of making everyone play by the same rules.

Kirby Wilbur, state GOP chairman, calls the lawsuit “a silly nuisance” and has no doubt that Romney and Ryan will be on the ballot. . .

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Today’s fun video: Stewart smacks Harry Reid

 

Jon Stewart delivers a well-deserved smackdown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for passing on a Romney rumor.

Obama coming to Seattle next week

OLYMPIA — President Obama will hit the Washington state campaign ATM again next week. He's scheduled to attend two fundraisers in Seattle.

A press release this morning from the Obama campaign said Washington is on a list of stops the president will make to raise money: Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Louisiana.

No firm details on the stops yet, although there will be two in Portland before the two in Seattle.

Obama was last in Seattle, for a pair of fundraisers, on May 10, the day after he announced he'd changed his mind and was supporting same-sex marriage. He also made campaign money stops in Seattle in February and last September.

Roth considering independent run for president

Spokane radio talk show host Laurie Roth will not be the Constitution Party’s nominee for president, but is considering a run as a “tea party” independent.
That’s a tough route to the White House, she conceded in typically colorful language Tuesday: “It’s going to be like climbing up Mount Everest in a bikini with no oxygen. I think my country’s worth it.”

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Obama to visit Boeing on Friday

President Obama has added a stop at the Boeing factory in Everett as part of his Wasington state visit on Friday.

Word from the Obama re-election campaign says it's part of the campaign theme of “an economy built to last based on American manufacturing and the importance of promoting American exports.”

But may also be an effort to answer the criticism that Obama tends to use Washington state as an ATM, stopping in for expensive fund-raisers with high rollers, jetting in and out on Air Force One and not seeing any ordinary folks as he's whisked up and down I-5. AF1 is landing at Paine Field in Everett, so Seattle to Everett commuters on Friday be warned.

He still has two big-ticket fund-raisers after the Boeing speech: a $17,900 per ticket brunch at the Medina home of a co-founder of Costco, and a $1,000 per ticket lunch at a Bellevue hotel (which also has a $5,000 option for a photo reception for those who want a pic with the prez.)

You read that right, brunch is almost 18 times more expensive than lunch. We're thinking brunch must be the all-you-can eat buffet spread, like they used to put on at the old Patsy Clark's restaurant on Sundays. Lunch must be more modest fare.

Of course in these instances, it's not so much about the bread you break, but with whom you break it.

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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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