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Spin Control Walt Minnick archive

TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009

Obama speech reax: Bipartisan support for now 

A generation after serving in Vietnam, Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president their lives could be sacrificed in another Asian country.“It was an honor to be...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 2009

Minnick joins defund ACORN movement

U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick was a primary signer of a letter demanding that ACORN be barred from receiving any funds in the upcoming transportation, housing and urban development spending bill.Minnick was one of 35 Democrats asking their leadership to add "no money for ACORN" language...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2009

Obama reax from WA & ID delegations 

When a president talks, congresspersons listen...and then they talk, too.Such was the case Wednesday night when Barack Obama talked about health care reform, and members of Congress talked about Obama's talk.Go inside the blog to see what the honorables who represent the Inland Northwest had...

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SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2009

Idaho 1st in the spotlight in 2010?  

Most years, Idaho’s congressional races inspire yawns among the nation’s political cognoscenti. It’s likely 2010 will not be one of those years. Idaho’s sprawling 1st District House race is at or near the top of several lists of races to watch in the mid-term election....

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SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2009

Idaho could get stuck in this knife fight

There's a switchblade fight going on in Congress. Depending on who wins, North Idaho could bleed jobs at some point.This is not some latter day version of the Sharks and the Jets, minus the choreography. It's even nastier than some back alley knife fight, because...

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For the record, Patty Murray's favorite word is "help." Maria Cantwell's is "oil". Cathy McMorris Rodgers' is "students."In the Idaho congressional delegation, Mike Crapo's fave is"energy". Jim Risch's is "guard". Walt Minnick's is "Idaho".That's the conclusion of Capitol Words, a new Web site that combs...

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Earth Day Greetings

Happy Earth Day. Sorry I didn't get you a card or a present.To make up for it, Spin Control is passing along (without harming the environment as far as we can tell) Earth Day sentiments from elected officials. Inside the blog are paperless reproductions of...

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About that "stimulus package" clinic

The White House and Washington state's two Democratic senators were very happy to announce this week that a small piece of the stimulus package was headed to Spokane for a new medical clinic.Community Health Association of Spokane was awarded a $1.3 million grant Monday from...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Minnick to auto industry: Yer grounded

Well not exactly. But U.S. Rep. Walt MInnick did repeat his call today for "tough love" for the auto industry as it seeks federal bailout.By that he means they need to submit reorganization plans to a bankruptcy judge, rather than coming to Congress. Go inside...

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