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Spin Control archive for June 2008

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: CBS News: Clinton, Obama making joint appearanceFox News: McCain applauds Supreme Court ruling on gunsAnd some updated poll numbers from Gallup IN THE HEADLINES• Former rivals Obama, Clinton take first public step toward reconciliation • Democratic delegate who said she’d vote for McCain…

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Italian Club raps Rossi video

The Italian Club of Seattle is objecting to the state Democratic Party's new video on likely GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.How badly are they objecting? They say it's distasteful and racist. They say it is "beyond offensive."They want Gov. Chris Gregoire to have it taken…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008

Michelle Obama to campaign for Gregoire

Michelle Obama will appear at an event for Chris Gregoire next month in Seattle, the governor's re-election campaign announced Tuesday.They have a fund-raiser planned for noon July 17 at WAMU Theater at Qwest Field, tickets ranging in price from $200 to $1,000 each. (Perhaps with…

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Preaching to the choir

The campaigns and allies for Gov. Chris Gregoire and likely Republican challenger Dino Rossi are arguing Tuesday that the other side is more likely to cater to big donors.At about 12:22 p.m., the state Democratic campaign apparatus reiterated and recycled its fears that Rossi would…

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

George Carlin: Maybe it's not the politicians who suck (Warning: contains language many may find's George Carlin, after all.)Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign, from the Associated Press: Obama braces for race-based ads as GOP vows fair but tough campaignSen. McCain offers…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008

Spending the big bucks

The Washington Public Disclosure Commission just issued its "Most Money" listing for campaigns over the last 30 years.Not too many surprises. Most money spent by a gubernatorial candidate? Christine Gregoire in 2004. Second most? Dino Rossi in 2004. Those numbers seem destined to come crashing…

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Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: A shot at McCain over "really loving" America?From the files:Obama flipping on public funding? Click hereMcCain flopping on off-shore drilling? Click hereHere are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press: Burns was lukewarm on McCain last week in Sandpoint; he's…

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Video record of Obama on public financing

It didn't take long for the Internet -- or the McCain campaign -- to raise questions about Barack Obama's decision to opt out of Public Financing.Click to take a look at the videos and decide for yourself if Obama flip-flopped on taking public financing in…

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WA Dems: After the convention

From the point that it seemed likely that Barack Obama was going to edge out Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, there were signs that blending his supporters with hers would not be easy.It didn’t take the Great Karnac to read the signs. Spend six…

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Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Age is a factor for voters in the presidential election Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated PressObama meets with foreign policy group; team includes potential Cabinet membersFla. Gov. Crist joins McCain in opposing offshore drilling moratorium, says let…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2008

The party that campaigns together...

Washington state Democrats will once again be running many of their campaigns in Spokanke out of a central office.The Coordinated Campaign, as they call it, plus the Mark Mays congressional campaign, will be operating out of an HQ at 1009 N. Washington, staring with a…

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MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2008

Political donations by occupation

Crossposting from Rich Roesler's blog and originally from BoingBoing, here's an interesting piece from Mother Jones that breaks down political donations by occupation. It lists donation amounts and matches them to what we assume are respondents' self-descriptors - as broad as "Businesswoman" (mostly to Democrat)…

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ID GOP Convention: New leadership

Staff writer Erica Curless reports from Sandpoint the Idaho GOP has a new leader and a new direction on how to vote in primaries, the result of a dramatic convention that revealed the division of the party and perhaps a straying from the GOP establishmentIn…

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WA Dems: Platform adopted

Washington Democrats may be getting tired of the back and forth of convention politicking.The platform was introduced, and a motion was made to adopt it by acclamation.Seconded.Passed overwhelmingly.On to resolutions.Time elapsed: 2 minutes.

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ID GOP Convention: Delegates selected

Erica Curless reports from Sandpoint that the Idaho GOP Convention just approved the slate of delegates to the national convention, including the six Ron Paul delegates and alternates.The list of delegates is already posted on HBO.The only addition is the four electors who are John…

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ID GOP Convention: Voting for an open primary

Erica Curless reports from Sandpoint that Republicans just narrowly voted to change their party rules and open the GOP primary, a reverse in course that shows the division within the party about the controversial issue.The recommendation passed by just seven votes and now will go…

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WA Dems: Minutia in the slow times

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott managed to mess up a few things in his speech, most notably the date of the election."It's not over until 8 o'clock on the Eighth of November," he said.Actually, by that time, the election will have been over for four days.…

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WA Dems: Bogging down a bit

There's discussion over changing the order of the future discussion of the Charter Amendments, which delegates are supposed to debate after lunch.The convention is still operating with its temporary chair, because one must accept the rules and schedule before it can move on to the…

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ID GOP: Fireworks in Sandpoint

Erica Curless reports from Sandpoint on some sound and fury over delegates:Delegate John Ferris of Benewah County let it rip on new Shoshone County Chairman Bill Dire after the meeting to reinstate the District 2 delegates."Thanks for destroying District 2," Ferris said angrily, loud enough…

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