Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Fog 30° Fog

Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2008

TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Barack Obama's Monday stop in Billings HeadlinesObama bids for a delegate milestone in Oregon, Kentucky primaries Veterans’ college aid bill a likely issue in presidential campaignObama’s crowds reflect enthusiasm, but also careful crowd building

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

Monday quickie political briefing

Today's videosIn case you missed it, John McCain had a spot on Saturday Night Live last week. Funny? You be the judge: And while we're trying keep our sense of humor during this long campaign, here's an MSNBC roundup of late-night TV having fun with…

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2008

That was the week that was -- in video

It was a long week. Here's a lookFor Clinton, the W. Va. primary was 'Almost Heaven' But her victory was bumped from the spotlight by Edwards' endorsement of Obama Which had to compete with John McCain laying out his strategy for a first term Click…

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

In the Washington Gov Race:New poll says Gregoire up by 11. Look for details this afternoon.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Democrats say McCain was willing to negotiate with HamasAfter GOP stumbles in the South, Obama warns Republicans about critical…

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008


McDermott endorses Obama

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott endorsed Barack Obama today, giving the Illinois senator 290.5 superdelegates.As is usual, each said something nice about the other. McDermott said he believes Obama will bring the country together and move it forward. Obama noted McDermott's support of universal health care…

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Can't get no satisfaction? Gallup says you aren't alone Obama woos working-class voters in MichiganDemocrats widen majority in Congress with win in Mississippi special election———THE DELEGATE BREAKDOWNBarack Obama: 1,885Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,717———ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAILJohn McCain raises campaign cash in Columbus, Ohio. Hillary…

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: New math on the campaign trail. Here are the headlines from the presidential campaign, from The Associated PressClinton poised for West Virginia win that offers little hope of jarring Obama’s reach for nominationMore than $20 million in debt, Clinton could look to…

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

Local briefsMcCain coming to Washington Tuesday. Read the full story by clicking here.Spokane newsie takes job with gov. Read full story by clicking here.Today's fun video: A SNL skit Hillary Clinton probably won't be mentioning on the campaign trail. Here are the headlines in the…

Continue reading this post »


Go West, young woman

KXLY TV reporter Karina Shagren, who has made her mark covering a range of stories in Spokane over the last couple years, is going off the air soon.Shagren has taken a job in Gov. Christine Gregoire's press office. Hard to say which has more long-term…

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

LocallySpokane Republicans have another meeting to attend. They'll need a nominating meeting to decide which would-be GOP candidates get an endorsement. Click here to read more.The Obama campaign will make a push for new voters on Saturday across Washington state, including an event in Spokane.…

Continue reading this post »


Another meeting for Spokane Republicans

Loving meetings isn't a requirement for signing up to be a precinct committee officer. But it probably should be mentioned somewhere in the "good to know" info handed to would-be GOP precinct officers.After precinct caucuses, a county convention and, for many, a state convention in…

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008

Some 411 for N. Idaho voters

Just in time for the upcoming Idaho primary, the Kootenai County League of Women Voters has set up a Web site with information about candidates on the ballot.It's not perfect. Some of the candidates apparently didn't get around to responding to the questionnaire. Still, some…

Continue reading this post »


Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: McCain does the Daily ShowHere are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Corzine says Clinton needs exceptional run in remaining primariesEvidence scant that Wright did much damage to Obama in Ind., N.C. primariesFormer Edwards campaign manager David Bonior endorses…

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008

Keep on keepin' on

Turn on any talking head news show, and it won't be five minutes before some political consultant holds forth on how bad the ongoing Democratic campaign is for the eventual nominee, unity of the party, the body politic and melting the ice in Antarctica.OK, we…

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008


How much is a councilperson worth?

Do you think Spokane City Council members are underpaid?Overpaid?Did you know they get paid?Well they do, $18,000 to represent one of the three districts; $40,000 to be council president.The City's Salary Commission is thinking about changing that. This month they have several meetings, will draft…

Continue reading this post »

FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008


What de Mayo?

Gov. Chris Gregoire's office sent word Thursday that she'll be attending the annual Cinco de Mayo reception for "brief remarks."No big deal, you might say. The Hispanic population is growing in the state, and the guv can hardly ignore that.The strange thing is the Cinco…

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008

What kind of debate?

Sen. Hillary Clinton recently challenged Sen. Barack Obama to a debate, which isn't surprising because candidates who are behind always challenge candidates who are ahead to debates.It may make them look desperate; it may make them look combative.But there's a twist in Clinton's challenge. She…

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Gallup: Clinton v. Obama education gap? Here's Tuesday's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:McCain wants to shift health insurance from employers to marketplaceClinton picks up prized endorsement in North Carolina ahead of May 6 Democratic primaryKentucky Rep. Ben Chandler endorses Obama in…

Continue reading this post »

MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2008

Monday quickie political briefing

Good morning. I'm stepping in for Jim one last morning. Let's start off, per custom, with...Today's videos: Barack Obama was in Indiana over the weekend in preparation for that state's primary. In this video from Saturday, a resident of Marion introduces the candidate. Hillary Clinton…

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: John McCain will tour the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans today, and a local news report looks at the attention newly elected Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is getting out of the visit.In the headlines:Clinton raises $10 million, aided by 80,000 new donors,…

Continue reading this post »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: After the Pa. votes rolled inClinton's victory speechObama on to Ind.Clinton’s Pennsylvania win sends her campaign forward, against odds still favoring ObamaClinton victory in Pennsylvania yields new cash just when she needs itOklahoma Gov. Brad Henry tosses support to Obama———THE DELEGATE BREAKDOWNBarack Obama…

Continue reading this post »

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.



Blog Archives

Dec. 2008 Nov. 2008 Oct. 2008 Sept. 2008
Aug. 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008
April 2008 March 2008 Feb. 2008 Jan. 2008