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Monday’s quickie political briefing

Reminder: Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Washington State. That means your ballots must be dropped off or mailed and postmarked by Tuesday evening.
Wondering where to drop them off in Spokane County? Click here.

Lost your ballot? The dog ate it or the baby threw up on it or the kids used it for a paper airplne? You can get a replacement, or other help, Tuesday at a Voters Service Center. Click here for Spokane County locations.

Today's Video: Web videos on the campaign trail hit the terrible twos. It was August '06 when Sen. George Allen of Virginia stepped in it by referring to an opposition staffer with a videocamera as "Macaca" and started down the road to becoming the first YouTube casualty in history. In honor of that, here's the historic Allen video.

Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign, courtesy of the Associated Press.

Keeping up strong pace, Obama raises $7.8 million in one day

McCain says Obama tried to legislate failure in Iraq for political gain, is not ready to lead

Showbiz politics: Conventions offer priceless exposure, more choreography than a Broadway show

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.
Prez: Barack Obama campaigns in New Mexico. John McCain spoke at the Annual Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Gov: Christine Gregoire attends farewell ceremonies for departing National Guard soldiers in Everett and Auburn. Dino Rossi attends a farewell ceremony for the Guard in Auburn.
“I think that would be up to, first of all, to John to decide whether he wants a pro-choice running mate; then we would have to see how the Republican Party would rally around it. At the end of the day, I think the Republican Party will be comfortable with whatever choice John makes.” — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge on possibility of McCain choosing a pro-choice running mate.
John McCain’s overall advertising budget for August is expected to exceed $20 million, and, by the convention in early September, the Republican presidential candidate is on track to spend some $60 million on TV expenditures, according to his campaign manager.

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