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Spin Control archive for Aug. 2010

TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010

SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2010

Murray v. Rossi on veterans 

OLYMPIA–Candidates with at least half a brain rarely pick a fight they cannot win. So it seemed odd last week when a Seattle television station had Dino Rossi challenging Sen. Patty Murray on veterans’ issues and alleging the federal government was “spending recklessly” on veterans…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010

Come to WA. There's no income tax...yet 

OLYMPIA –Washington state touts its lack of an income tax in a current magazine supplement designed to attract business to the state. Not mentioned in the special section in Fortune Magazine is the fact that could change in a few months.In three different places in…

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Logo for the FreedomWorks Take Back America convention in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 27. Used in Spin Control

Dino Rossi: Champ of Freedom? 

Dino Rossi has a new title to add to his resume along with state senator, Ways and Means Committee chairman, gubernatorial candidate, U.S. senate candidate, businessman...Champion of Freedom.Rossi is so listed on the program for Friday night's FreedomWorks Take Back America convention in Washington, D.C.…

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WA state gets waiver for military ballots 

OLYMPIA -- The federal government has signed off on Washington state's request for a waiver to the time limit for mailing ballouts to troops and other state voters who are overseas.The state actually gives those voters more than the 45 days required by federal law…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 26, 2010

WA Sen race: Murray accepts 2 debates

Sen. Patty Murray's re-election campaign said it is accepting two debate invitations, one in Spokane and one in Seattle, both to be televised around much of the state.Both would likely occur in October, after the Senate recesses. The Spokane debate would be sponsored by KSPS-TV…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 25, 2010

Primary turnout tops 40 percent

OLYMPIA -- Washington voters turned out in impressive numbers -- impressive for a primary, anyway -- in last week's election.With a few thousand ballots still to count, turnout stands at 40.46 percent, which state elections officials say is better than expected for an even but…

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Ahern makes lunch plans with O'Quinn 

Former Republican state Rep. John Ahern said today that his former Republican opponent, Shelly O'Quinn, called him on Monday to congratulate him on his second-place finish.Ahern said he's grateful O'Quinn, who finished third, ran for the seat and that she made him a better candidate.O'Quinn…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 24, 2010

Akers endorses Rossi

Republican Paul Akers, who finished a very distant fourth in last week's U.S. Senate primary, is endorsing Dino Rossi in the race against Patty Murray."We have an unusual opportunity. The wind is at our back. We must unite and not allow our opponent to have…

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

Salvatori concedes, says Holy could top French 

In an e-mail to supporters on Friday, Spokane County commissioner candidate Steve Salvatori said a recount is likely in the primary battle for commissioner.But he added that he doesn't expect to be in the running."We made a valiant comeback effort on the Thursday ballot count,…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 20, 2010

WA Senate race Friday update

As predicted yesterday, Clint Didier did not endorse Dino Rossi this morning at a Seattle press conference. He did, however, lay down conditions under which he would endorse Rossi.Rossi, who declined to submit to what his campaign called "a list of demands", meanwhile, issued a…

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Chadez endorses Billig 

Lousie Chadez, who won about 20 percent of the vote in the four-way primary for the state House seat representing central Spokane, said this week she will endorse follow Democrat Andy Billig for the general election.Billig finished second and will face the likely winner of…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 19, 2010

Siddoway wins Appeals Court seat 

Laurel Siddoway of Spokane will win the Appeals Court seat to which she was appointed this spring, ballots tallied Thursday show.Siddoway, 56, consistently led Spokane attorney Harvey Dunham since Tuesday’s ballot counts, and with most ballots counted in the six-county district Thursday evening her election…

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Didier to announce...something...Friday

Unsuccessful Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier will hold a press conference Friday morning in Seattle. To announce what isn't exactly clear.Candidates who finish out of the winners' circle in the primary often announce within the week that they are endorsing the party's winner. It usually…

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Shenanigans in the 6th? Numbers suggest no 

Shelly O'Quinn's legislative race, like nearly every political race worth a darn, may be leaving some supporters with hard feelings, nagging questions and what ifs. Wednesday's ballot count showed O'Quinn has no real hope of moving out of third place, which is no doubt vexing…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 18, 2010

Primary over. Lessons learned? 54 

Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent this year, but it’s not fatal. Few incumbents were eliminated in the state’s unusual Top…

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Catch the candidates: Murray, McMorris Rodgers

The primary is over, the general is approaching...and so are the candidates.Here are some upcoming candidate appearances in Spokane and around Eastern Washington.Thursday, Aug. 197:30 a.m. Patty Murray at the West Central Community Center, 1603 North Belt, SpokaneFriday, Aug. 209 a.m. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tours…

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Map of the vote totals for the 3rd Legislative District House race, Democratic candidates, from primary night tablulations. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

How the Ds split the 3rd Leg District

The three Democrats running for the open House seat in Central Spokane's 3rd Legislative District had very different bases of support.The map shows the vote totals without Republican Dave White, who also seems set to advance to the general election from the Top Two primary.…

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Map shows the election night totals for Republicans in the Spokane County Commissioner's primary. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

GOP commissioner candidates split county

Second place in the Spokane County commissioner District 3 race seems up for grabs as the three main Republican candidates drew their strength from different parts of the district.Incumbent Democrat Bonnie Mager won most precincts, and Republican David Elton trailed the pack in most. After…

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Map showing precint-by-precinct results of 6th Legislative District August 2010 primary election battle between Democratic incumbent Sen. Chris Marr and Republican Michael Baumgartner. They will face each other again in November. The map is based only on votes counted through Tuesday, August 17. (Jim Camden)

Marr wins city, Baumgartner wins county

This map of the Senate race between incumbent Democrat Chris Marr and Republican Michael Baumgartner indicates that voting went as usual in the 6th Legislative District. The Democrat won precincts closest to central Spokane; the Republican won Indian Trails, the far South Hill and areas…

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