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McCaslin discounts retirement rumor

Some folks, primarily Democrats it seems, are floating a rumor that state Sen. Bob McCaslin, the Spokane Valley Republican, plans to hang it up at the end of this year and name a successor.

Old rumor, says McCaslin of any mid-term retirement. “I’ve heard that for the last five or six years.”

McCaslin is recovering from heart surgery, which required him to miss much of the last regular and special sessions, but says he is getting a bit better every day and has been able to attend recent meetings of the Spokane Valley City Council, on which he also serves.

McCaslin said he’ll make a decision on next year’s session closer to its January start date.

As for the second part of the rumor — that he’d name Rep. Matt Shea as his replacement — McCaslin was more emphatic: “I would never do that.”

He points out that the officeholder has no real say in his replacement. The 4th Legislative District’s precinct committee officers would select up to three nominees, and the Spokane County commissioners have the final say by picking among that list. As several interim appointments have shown, commissioners don’t feel bound by the wishes of the PCOs.

Rumor Squelching Dept: Obama ain’t coming

It was such a nice rumor while it lasted: President Barack Obama, on his way back from campaigning in Seattle for Patty Murray, would stop in Spokane on Sunday to pay tribute to the founder of Father’s Day on the centennial celebration of the holiday, and highlight the importance of dads.

Alas, none of it is true. First, Obama is not campaigning with Murray this weekend in Seattle, or anywhere else, said a campaign spokeswoman who noted that she’d have been told by now if that was the case.

He’s not doing anything anywhere in the state, as far as the state Democratic Committee knows, a party spokeswoman said.

So Spokane isn’t on the way to or from anything this weekend for the prez.

Helping to fuel the rumor, apparently, is some practice that local law enforcement types are doing on staging motorcades. Whatever they’re practicing for, it ain’t a Sunday drop-in from Obama. Maybe he’s highlighting the importance of dads by spending Father’s Day with Sasha and Malia.

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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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