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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

2012 Senate campaign starts...today?

After regular missives for months from the folks at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, things had been quiet for two whole weeks. In other words, since the election in which the NRSC's guy, Dino Rossi, lost to Democrat Patty Murray. They didn't call, they didn't…

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Murray re-elected -- to Democratic leadership

Sen. Patty Murray achieved her second re-election in two weeks today, winning another term as the Senate Democratic Conference secretary, the Number 4 position in Democratic leadership.There were no changes, on either side of the aisle, in leadership positions. Harry Reid of Nevada is the…

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MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

Wiggins up by nearly 7,800

OLYMPIA -- Ballot counting continues, if somewhat sporadically, around the state and the margin in the Supreme Court race grew slightly Monday.Challenger Charlie Wiggins has 955,298 votes compare to incumbent Richard Sanders' 947,618.As previously reported, Wiggins lead is mathematically secure, even though there are about…

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Try your hand at cutting the deficit

Think you can cut the federal deficit better than those bozos in Congress? Here's your chance to do it...at least on paper.The New York Times has a new budget game with a series of options for various cuts. You might notice that some of the…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 13, 2010

We'll get the ballots counted -- just chill 

One sure sign that fall is easing into winter is that political types are complaining about how long it takes to count ballots in Washington state.This rant usually starts about three days after an election, when the results of most races have been known for…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 12, 2010

THURSDAY, NOV. 11, 2010

Butch Ayala, Olympia, attends the Veterans Day concert at the State Capitol in a World War II MP's uniform on Nov. 11, 2010. (Jim Camden/Staff writer)

On guard, at the Capitol 

OLYMPIA -- Veterans Day brought out a few historic uniforms, including this World War II U.S. Army military police uniform, complete with rifle and fixed bayonet.Butch Ayala of Olympia was on hand for a concert in the rotunda, taking up a post at one of…

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World War I Memorial on the state Capitol Campus on Veterans Day 2010. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Veterans Day at the Capitol

Uniforms everywhere. Campaign caps on senior citizens and neckerchiefs on Boy Scouts. The American Legion band playing in the Capitol Rotunda.Speeches of duty. Speeches of thanks.It's Veterans Day in Olympia. And since Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day, here's the capitol's memorial to the…

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Happy V Day, Happy B Day

Veterans Day is 91 years old or 56 years old today, depending on how you want to count it.Washington state is 121 years old, and there's no two ways to count it.Veterans Day started as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. It marked the one…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

Democrats want probe of AFPWA spending

Washington state Democrats want the Public Disclosure Commission to go after a group that spent money against some of their legislative candidates but hasn't revealed where the money comes from.They filed a complaint today against Americans For Prosperity Washington, an offshoot of the national Americans…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2010

Wiggins takes lead, has voting trends on his side 

Former Appeals Court Judge Charlie Wiggins took a narrow lead over incumbent Justice Richard Sanders in Washington’s tight Supreme Court race Tuesday afternoon.An analysis of voting patterns suggests Wiggins will finish ahead of Sanders and take his place on the state’s highest court when all…

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Wiggins takes lead...can he keep it?

Challenger Charlie Wiggins has taken the lead of about 3,500 votes over Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders on the strength of King County ballots tabulated at 4:30 p.m. Pierce and several other counties, where Sanders has been ahead since election night, are scheduled to report…

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Miloscia to challenge Chopp for speaker

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Mark Miloscia, a seven-term legislator from Federal Way, announced today he will run for speaker of the House, challenging current speaker Frank Chopp of Seattle.In a prepared statement, Miloscia said Democratic leaders haven't been offering hope, fision or plans to address the…

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MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010


Brown re-elected Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA -- Despite legislative losses in last Tuesday's election, Lisa Brown was re-elected majority leader by Democrats in the state Senate.Brown, who represents central Spokane's 3rd Legislative District, was re-elected Senate majority leader, a job she's held since 2005. A press release from Senate Democrats…

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Self-financed campaigns faltered

Trying to buy an election by self-financing a campaign is a bad investment, a study from the Center for Responsive Politics says.Only about one in five candidates who poured a half-million dollars or more into their own campaigns came out a winner last week. If…

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Today's fun video: Obama remix

President Obama hasn't had much call to dance in the last week, but during a stop in Mumbai, India, earlier today he was invited to join a troupe of children dancers. So he did, and the video was very quickly cut and remixed with "In…

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Talcott Broadhead with daughters Clementine, age 5, and Henrietta, 15 months, gather on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda to mark the centennial of women getting the right to vote in Washington. Next to them is Darrell Holt (in top hat) and Carole Rambo Holt (green dress, Vote sash). (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Playing dress up for women's suffrage

OLYMPIA -- Dozens of Washington residents appeared in turn-of-the-century costume -- and by that we mean the turn of the 20th, not the 21st, Century -- at the Capitol today to celebrate the centennial of women receiving the right to vote in the state.Here Talcott…

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Dozens of Washington residents in period costume gather in the Capitol Rotunda to mark the centennial of women receiving the right to vote in the state. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Capitol does the time warp

One hundred years ago today, women in Washington state received the right to vote through a measure that passed on that year's ballot. In honor of the centennnial, women in men in period attire, some of them driving or riding in vintage autos, flooded the…

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SATURDAY, NOV. 6, 2010

That was the campaign that was 

With the 2010 election all over but the counting – admittedly the counting still is important in a few races – it seems appropriate to look back over the campaign.It was an avalanche of nasty ads, debates over debates commercials and visits from out-of-state big…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 5, 2010

Seeing ones: Today's vote count

Spokane County tallied 11,111 move ballots Friday from the Nov. 2 election. An unusual looking number that didn't create any unusual twists in the standings.Republican challenger Al French leads Democratic County Commissioner Bonnie Mager by about 1,100 votes. Republican challenger Rob Chase leads Democratic County…

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Turnout higher than expected

OLYMPIA -- Turnout for last Tuesday's election is higher than expected and may set a record for a mid-year election, Secretary of State Sam Reed said today.State elections officials were projecting a turnout of 66 percent for the mid-term, but are now revising that upwards…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010


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