Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 31° Cloudy

Spin Control

Friday’s quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: What's real, what's fake in the presidential race?

For those who expected to see the SNL take on the presidential debate, (because Spin Control 2.0 always offers up SNL), it's inside the blog. Click here and scroll to the bottom.

Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:

McCain in new hard-hitting ad hammers Obama over Ayers association

Obama says McCain trying to divide country with angry speeches and TV ads

Politically charged and tightly held, Palin ethics report to be released in Alaska

With economy worsening, working-class voters slowly warm to Obama

McCain’s missing the mark with Hispanics in swing states

To read the stories behind these headlines, click here and scroll down.

25 days until the election
19 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
11 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
7 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
5 days until the next presidential debate
Last day to pre-register to vote in Idaho. (Election Day registration also available.)Click here for information.
John McCain holds a rally in La Crosse, Wis.
Sarah Palin has no public schedule.
Barack Obama campaigns in the Ohio cities of Chillicothe and Columbus. Joe Biden talks to voters in Springfield, Mo.

WA 5th Congressional
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Mark Mays debated in front of the Greater Spokane Inc. breakfast. Read about it here.
“This election is going to be decided when a husband and wife sit at a kitchen table, or a single parent sits at the kitchen table, looks at their bills and figures out who is most likely to help them with their financial condition.” — Democratic Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania.
An AP survey of election officials nationwide found that as of Oct. 1, the number of registered Democrats had grown by nearly 5 percent since 2004 — outpacing overall population growth in the 28 states where information on voter registration by party was available for 2004 and 2008. During the same time, the GOP lost more than 2 percent of its registered voters

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