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Spokane stays ahead of Tacoma in population

OLYMPIA — The honor of the Avis of Washington population goes once again to Spokane.

The state Office of Financial Management released its annual population estimates today, which show overall population is up slightly, pretty much all around the state.

Seattle, of course, is the largest city. Spokane is No. 2, with an estimated 210,000. Tacoma is third at 199,600. For more numbers, check out this story on the main webpage.

The race to place sometimes sets off a competition between some newspaper columnists in the two cities. Spin Control has not engaged in denigrating Tacoma in the past, and will refrain from doing so now. But we can't speak for some of our ink-stained brethren.

Murray pounds Wall Street

TACOMA — Wall Street played “Russian roulette” with the nation’s future and shouldn’t be allowed to do it again, Sen. Patty Murray told a cheering crowd of about 1,000 here.

“I vowed on my watch Main Street will never again be left holding the bag by Wall Street,” she said.

Vice President Joe Biden continued the theme, saying big money is pouring into the state to defeat Democrats because some people are frightened that “we’re beginning reassert the right of the middle class, to have a middle class.”

People are underestimating Democrats nationally, writing their politica obituaries too soon, Biden said.

“They said the Huskies couldn’t beat USC  on Saturday, but they did,” said Biden, who was sporting a purple UW hat.

Gregoire: “I know Rossi…”

TACOMA —Signalling how close Washington’sSenate race is, Gov. Chris Gregoire told a crowd at the University of Washington branch campus that control of Congress is at stake in the election that’s just 25 days away.

Gregoire took shots at a series of Republican candidates around the country before turning to the state contest.

“I happen to know Dino Rossi,” said Gregoire, who ran twice against the Republican for governor. “He does not represent our values.”

Biden rally: Remind people how we got into this mess

TACOMA — Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy, warming up the crowd this morning for Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Patty Murray, hit the themes of the Democratic Party for the mid term election.

She drew jeers from the partisan crowd for Sarah Palin, Karl Rove and Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, and cheers when she urged them to vote against Republicans who would take the country “back to the George W. Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.”

Biden campaigning with Murray in Tacoma

TACOMA — Vice President Joe Biden campaigns with Sen. Patty Murray here this morning on the University of Washington branch campus.

The Murray campaign apparently trusts the weather, or the crowd’s willingness to stand in the rain. It’s outside, and drops are starting to fall.

Republican Dino Rossi’s campaign says Biden’s appearance, as well as upcoming visits by First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, are signs that Murray is in a tough race and desperate.

We’ll be blogging live from UW Tacoma campus as things happen.

From another perspective, Tacoma really is Washington’s second city

 

Our good friends at the political blog at The News Tribune in Tacoma appear to be challenging us to a friendly Swivel chart war.

Responding to our bar chart showing that Spokane is the second largest city in the state — with a 2,000-person lead over Tacoma — The News Tribune’s Political Buzz reminded us that Pierce County has a signficant lead over Spokane County and easily claims the highly coveted title of “Washington’s Second County.” We at Spin Control do not dispute this title, only its relevance.

Will Spokane maintain its edge as Washington’s second city?

 

When Census forms arrive in the mail this week, remember, pride may be at stake.

In the middle part of the last decade, fears rose that Spokane would lose its rank as Washington’s second largest city. But Spokane ended the Aughts (is that what we’re calling them?) about where it started — about 2,000 people ahead of Tacoma, at least according to state estimates

Census figures, however, are what counts most. The numbers for 2010 won’t be released until next year.

Yi Zhao, Washington’s chief demographer, said that because Spokane has about 8,000 more residential units than Tacoma, it appears unlikely that Tacoma will pass Spokane in the near future. But, she added: “You never know.”

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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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