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Matter of Opinion archive for Oct. 2008

FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2008

Spread the wealth

Gallup has been polling on this issue since Joe the Plumber Campaigner was 14-years-old. Here's the latest results.Shockingly, it's divided on party lines, with independents split.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2008

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2008

Stimulus: Most bang for the buck

Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody's, recently wrote of the best ways to stimulate the economy. The Economic Policy Institute then put it in a handy chart, which reflects the return we could expect to see for every dollar spent.Best places to spend the money:1....

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 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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