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Spin Control archive for May 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Coday drops from U.S. Senate race 

Art Coday, one of a flock of Republican candidates who were in the U.S. Senate race, said today he's getting out and supporting Dino Rossi.Coday said he'll run for an open state House of Representatives seat in the 32nd Legislative District instead.Coday, a Shoreline physician,…

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Suddenly, Washington senate seat in play? 

National political experts are taking Dino Rossi's entrance into the race fairly seriously. Two "name" politicos -- Cook Political Report and Rothenberg Political Report -- are "upgrading" the state's status from ho-hum to looky there.Or whatever words they use to connote boring races and exciting…

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Rossi entrance not clearing GOP field 

ino Rossi’s long expected entrance into the U.S. Senate race did not prompt a mass exodus by other Republican candidates Wednesday. Several said they welcomed the competition of the former state senator who has been weighing the race for months.Rossi, who announced his candidacy on…

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TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Rossi to announce online at 7 a.m.

Dino Rossi will announce whether he's getting into the U.S. Senate race Wednesday morning on his web site, with an online video announcement. He sent out a press release to that effect and told his supporters on his Facebook page, and tweeted them from his…

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Gregoire: Rossi's been running all along 

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire said she's not worried about fellow Democrat Patty Murray's chances against here two-time opponent Dino Rossi. But trading a three-term incumbent like Murray for Rossi or any Republican challenger "would be a disaster for the state" by losing so much…

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Eyman update: Proposal would ban red light cams

OLYMPIA -- Initiative guru Tim Eyman's latest ballot proposal seeks to ban automated ticketing cameras for running red lights in Mukilteo unless they are approved by two-thirds of that city's council AND a vote of the public.Spin Control mentioned this morning that Eyman had an…

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SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2010

Dino Rossi and former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton talk at a reception for the Mainstream Republican Cascadia Conference in Seattle on May 21, 2010. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Rossi to decide "Soon, very soon" 

Dino Rossi and former Sen. Slade Gorton talk during a reception for the Mainstream Republican Cascadia Conference Friday evening.SEATTLE – Dino Rossi tiptoed up to the starting line for a run for the U.S. Senate Friday evening, telling a crowd of fellow Republicans the nation…

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THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010

Murray, Cantwell disagree on Wall Street regs

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell see eye-to-eye on most things. The two West Side Washington Democrats have fairly similar voting records.But they parted ways today on the Senate's Wall Street regulation bill. Murray voted yes, calling it "the strongest consumer protections in our history:"Cantwell…

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Bob McCaslin, champion of unions? 

OLYMPIA --Bob McCaslin scored 100 percent on the state Labor Council's legislative report card.Which is a little like Bart Simpson scoring 100 percent on the SATs. You gotta know something strange is going on.But organized labor's report of the late legislative session does give the…

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Palin backs Clint Didier for Senate 

Clint Didier has something that the 10 or so other GOP candidates looking to challenge Patty Murray for the U.S. Senate don't have... and we're not talking about Super Bowl rings here.Support from Sarah Palin.The former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate tweeted "be…

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Third Party candidates have it tough 

The results of a study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics concludes that third party candidates face long odds at getting elected.Which may rival "it rains in Seattle" for the least surprising conclusion of the week. But at least the institute puts…

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

AWB backs return to tax-raising supermajority

The Association of Washington Business is throwing its weight behind the return of a two-thirds supermajority to raise taxes in the Legislature.The statewide business organization urged its members Tuesday to support Initiative 1053, which was introduced even before the Legislature voted to suspend the provision.…

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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Gov. Chris Gregoire tour the Port of Tacoma on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (Jim Camden, Spokesman-Review)

Welcome to Tacoma, Mr. Secretary. It rains here.

TACOMA -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner got a Washington state trifecta today, experiencing three things for which the West Side is best known: Boeing. Microsoft. And rain.In an effort to emphasize the importance of exports to the nation's fledgling recovery, Geithner planned a tour of…

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More fun videos: Campaign commercials

A few weeks ago, Spin Control reported on a campaign commercial for governor of Alabama, not because we care how the race comes out, but because it contained an interesting catch phrase: "We speak English here."Turns out Alabama is a wealth of fun campaign commercials,…

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