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Thursday’s quickie political briefing

Today's video: McCain on troops in Iraq, oil prices and other things...the full interview

A political weekend is coming up, with Washington state Democrats conventioning in Spokane, Idaho Republicans in Sandpoint and Idaho Democrats in Boise. The Spokesman-Review and will be following all three events.

Catch live blogs from the Washington Democrats events here on Spin Control 2.0

Catch Erica Curless's reports from the Idaho GOP convention starting later today at Huckleberries.

Catch Betsy Russell's updates on the Idaho Democrats at Eye on Boise. Here's a sample of her first post:
'A Democrat and a Republican back-to-back'
As the state Republican convention opens today in Sandpoint and the state Democratic convention opens in Boise, it seems worth noting that Idaho’s political history is a story of both parties, though Republicans have dominated in more recent times. “We had a lot of leading citizens on both sides all through our history,” said Idaho state historian emeritus Arthur Hart.
Read the rest by clicking here.

Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:
Obama campaign creates Web site to debunk rumors

Some Democrats vowing to stay neutral in presidential race

When Obama’s advisers go astray, some stay, some go and some wait in limbo

Barack Obama meets with voters in Kaukauna, Wis. John McCain holds town hall-style meetings in Nashua, N.H., and New York City.
“I don’t think that if the good Lord himself had been nominated as a Democrat that some of those folks would have endorsed him. They are afraid of looking too much like a Democrat because of the kind of districts they’re from.” — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Democratic lawmakers who have not endorsed Barack Obama for president.
Sixty-seven percent of Republicans have very unfavorable views of Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton. That’s 24 percentage points more than those Republicans who feel that way about Democrat Barack Obama, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll.

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