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Matter of Opinion archive for Jan. 1, 2008

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2008

Poll results

A new poll from the University of Washington has Obama way ahead in Washington. It also shows a six-point lead for Gregoire in the governor's race with a four-point margin of error. All three state initiatives are headed toward passage, the poll indicates, except I-985...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2008

THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2008

Vote count

The latest voter registration information from the secretary of state's office breaks the numbers down by legislative district. Forty-eight of the 49 have totals between 5,000 and 8,000. One district, the 43rd, has 12,000 voters. That district is in Seattle, stretching from the waterfront north...

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Early birds

The S-R's Jim Camden is reporting that 40,000 voters have already submitted their ballots in all-mail Spokane County. Another 9,500 absentees have already been marked and delivered in Kootenai County.I'm unrepentently old-fashioned and would prefer to see everyone trudging to the neighborhood polling place throughout...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2008

Will the real maverick please stand up?

I keep hearing Sarah Palin talk about what mavericks she and John McCain are. Mavericks?I thought the Mavericks were the father and son Democratic U.S. senators from Texas in the early and mid 20th century. Or, better yet, the fictional but loveable ne'er-do-well itinerent gambling...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2008


MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2008


SUNDAY, OCT. 19, 2008

The call for governor

Sunday's editorial offers our recommendation in the 2008 election for governor. In 2004, we endorsed Dino Rossi for the job, but this year, we are convinced that Gregoire offers the better choice. You can read it here.

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FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2008

Endorsements update

For anyone following our edit board announcements, today we wrote about Kootenai County's jail expansion and public safety facilities measures. We're for them, though the price tag is steep. Read here. We will be endorsing in other Idaho races, beginning next week.Also, look for our...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2008

What's up with nuc-u-lar?

We just interviewed a Congressional candidate, a Republican, who pronounced nuclear "nuc-u-lar" instead of the proper pronunciation. Listen here.What's up with the mispronunciation? It is it a Republican thing? (He wasn't the first candidate who mispronounced it this endorsement season. But they have all been...

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Whose ads are negative? Are you positive?

Barack Obama's assertion during Wednesday's debate that 100 percent of John McCain's ads have been negative has been widely disputed. Obama probably was referring to a report from the Wisconsin Advertising Project that documented one week during which all of McCain's ads were negative --...

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Elder Residents: Neighborhood Treasures

From our editorial today:Kenneth Cross, 80, took meticulous care of his Spokane Valley lawn and was friendly and helpful to his neighbors, who responded in kind. Cross was tragically killed Sept. 20 in his home. David K. Brewczynski has been accused of the murder. The...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2008

Drive at 5

Crisp and sunny out.The trees are shedding.Fall is falling.All is well with the world. Or not.Safe travels home or elsewhere.See you back here in this space tomorrow.

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Loose Thread Wednesday

(AP file photo)America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. -- Harry Truman, right after the end of World War II.Sounds word for today, too? What do you think?

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2008

The Children Have Spoken: Obama

From Scholastic's Web site:It's official. At least for the kids! The Scholastic Presidential Election Poll results are in: Democratic nominee Senator Barack Obama won with 57 percent of the vote, to 39 percent for Republican nominee Senator John McCain.The poll was open to kids from...

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MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2008


Loose Thread Monday

Greetings loyal readers of AMOO.I'm the blogmeister this week and will begin the loose threads with quotes taken from times of crises past in the United States.Let us begin then with John F. Kennedy's quote during the Cuban Missile Crisis. According to the History Place:...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2008

The Youth Vote is in

Courtesy of Marlene Feist, City Hall spokeswoman, here's the results of voting after the Youth Issues Candidates forum on Thursday:(The ballot measures are not real)U.S. Congressional District #5:Cathy McMorris Rodgers 41Mark Mays 39County Commissioner District #1Todd Mielke 66Kim Thorburn 13County Commissioner District #2Mark Richard 55Brian...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2008

Voting controversies -- again

There's been a lot of attention on voters being added to the rolls in questionable ways, but in some states more are being removed than added. And some of those states might be breaking federal election law.This New York Times article explains. It should be...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8, 2008

The drive at 5

I've felt all sorts of weird ailments -- stiff neck, sore leg, etc. -- since the announcement of layoffs and Steve's resignation last week. I'm expecting them to heal now that Gary Graham is at the helm for the S-R.But thinking about who will be...

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Four things I learned at the debate

1. If McCain were victorious, "my friends" would become more annoying than "my fellow Americans" ever was. And that's saying something.2. And starting sentences with "and" -- followed by a pause -- would begin to grate, too. Yeah, I'm talking about That One.3. The unexpected...

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