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Spin Control

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 needs a program to keep them away from prescription drugs, which may seem safer because they come from their parents' or grandparents' medicine cabinet.

Secretary of State Sam Reed talked about cleansing the voter rolls and stopping an effort for registration fraud, and defended the new law that requires voters to show ID when voting at the polls.

Public Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland warned that "extremists want to be able to run your natural resources."

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