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Spin Control

Monday’s quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: The problems of running against a reform campaign (According to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?")

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

McCain campaign sending mixed signals on whether candidate will offer new economic proposals

Ousted Alaska safety commissioner says troopergate report damages Palin’s image of openness

Sen. Clinton says Obama picking up support because of economic woes

Alaska media darling, Palin cultivated national press in pre-McCain days

22 days until the election
16 days to apply by mail for an absentee ballot in Idaho
8 days until the deadline to register to vote in Washington by going to the county elections office
4 days until ballots are mailed in Washington
2 days until the next presidential debate. 6 p.m. on most broadcast and cable news channels.
2 days until the next gubernatorial debate. 8 p.m. in Spokane, locally broadcast on Channel 22 in Spokane
Barack Obama campaigns in Toledo, Ohio, where he will present his economic rescue proposal. Joe Biden campaigns in the New Hampshire cities of Rochester and Manchester, before stopping at a dinner in Dover, Del.
John McCain and Sarah Palin hold a rally in Virginia Beach, Va. McCain also campaigns in Wilmington, N.C., while Palin talks to voters in Richmond, Va.
WA Gov
Chris Gregoire holds a town hall meeting at Clark College in Vancouver. Dino Rossi holds a press conference in Kelso to demonstrate support in the fishing community.
WA 5th Cong Dist
Mark Mays and Cathy McMorris Rodgers debate in Spokane, taped to air at 7 p.m. Thursday on KSPS-TV Channel 7 and 790 KJRB. Mays holds a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. at the West Central Community Center, 1603 N. Belt.

“She’s my future mother-in-law. She better win.” — Levi Johnston, who’s having a baby with the daughter of Sarah Palin, the GOP vice presidential nominee.
In early September, Republican John McCain had a 26-point advantage among white voters without a college degree who were likely to vote, according to AP-GfK polling. But by late September, the advantage had dropped to 7 points, with McCain leading 46 percent to 39 percent among this group.

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