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Spin Control archive for May 30, 2008

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008

Paul forces pick up 4 delegates

Arizona Sen. John McCain may have the GOP nomination sewn up, but supporters of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul picked up four national convention delegates and four alternates Friday at the Washington state convention.McCain picked up the other 14 delegates and 14 alternates elected Friday. He'll…

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Talk among yourselves

The Washington Republican State Convention broke up into congressional district caucuses after lunch.Delegates in each of the nine districts will select national convention delegates that are awarded through the precinct caucus process. They may also hear from candidates who want to run for the U.S.…

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Otter to be a no show

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is in the program as the keynote speaker for tonight's banquet at the Washington GOP convention.But the keynote speaker is going to look a lot like convention star Dino Rossi......because it will be Rossi. Otter has cancelled.State GOP officials mentioned the…

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McCain forces win floor fight

A move to unseat the Skagit County delegation,which allegedly was stacked with McCain delegates, lost.The convention voted to seat them, and turned back an effort to hear a debate of the entire case on the floor of the convention.Points of order continue to slow the…

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Still more talking

After Dino Rossi brought the crowd to its feet, three GOP officials who actually are incumbents got their chance at the podium.Attorney General Rob McKenna said the state has been successful at closing down meth labs and convincing teens to stay away from meth. It…

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A shouting match started by Reichert

It's not clear if U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert was trying to test the levels of support for John McCain and Ron Paul, but that's what he did when he said "Today we support John McCain as our nominee."The McCain supporters stood up and cheered, with…

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A welcome from McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers sounded a bit like the Chamber of Commerce in welcoming delegates to the convention. Get out and enjoy Riverfront Park, the shops, the new restaurants, she said at the start of her kickoff speech.She also made the obligatory dig at…

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Lots of speeches to come

Washington state Republicans have a whole morning of speechifying ahead of them.Their convention is set to kick off at 9:15 a.m. with the standard pomp and circumstances, then a welcome address from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.She'll be followed by Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert,…

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