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Spin Control archive for Oct. 2010

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2010

Happy Halloween from the Gov's Mansion

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire is dressing as Morticia Addams this year for Halloween, and husband Mike is dressing as Gomez.They're hosting Halloween at the governor's mansion, an annual event at the state capital. Kids get candy, and five will find they have tickets to…

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What do you consider rich? 

The Washington Poll, which is discussed in greater detail elsewhere on the website, had a question that says a lot about all of us. When 500 voters were asked how they define “rich,” they had a wide range of answers. For 3 percent, rich could…

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How about a little honesty in PAC naming?

Here’s a modest proposal on campaign finance reform that might meet constitutional muster with the U.S. Supreme Court: Let’s have a truth-in-labeling law that requires political committees to say what they really are up to. Democrats got in trouble last week – potentially big enough…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

Murray, Rossi in Spokane Saturday 

Washington's U.S. Senate race comes to Spokane Saturday as both Patty Murray and Dino Rossi are scheduled to make stops on their final campaign swings through the state.Murray, the Democratic incumbent, has a get out the vote bus tour across the state that starts in…

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Poll roundup in the Senate race

Three polls of Washington's U.S. Senate race released in the last 24 hours have different numbers, but actually conclude the same thing: The race is very close.Rasmussen Research late Thursday had the race at 47 percent Dino Rossi, 46 percent Patty Murray. It's a survey…

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The Hill: McMorris Rodgers to move up? 

The Hill, a Washington, D.C., newspaper that focuses on Congress and politics, speculates today that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would move up in GOP leadership next year.It assumes a couple of things, including that Rep. Mike Pence, the person above her in the Republican leadership,…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

PDC violations could void legislative primary 

A Democratic political strategist active in shadowy independent ads in a Spokane legislative campaign faces court sanctions for campaign violations in an Everett primary race.Lisa MacLean's tactics to hide who was contributing to efforts to sway the 38th District state Senate primary were so “reprehensible”…

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PDC asks AG to take Dem strategist to court 

OLYMPIA -- The state Public Disclosure Commission voted today to ask Attorney General Rob McKenna to seek civil penalties prosecute a liberal political strategist for concealing the sources of money that helped defeat a Democratic incumbent in the August primary. The violations are so severe,…

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Today's voter turn-in: 10,745

Spokane County Elections Office reported collecting 10,745 ballots this morning, bringing the total to 87,854 for the general election. Turn-in stands at 33.65 percent countywide, although a bit lower in the city of Spokane and significantly lower in the 3rd Legislative District, a Democratic stronghold.The…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 27, 2010

Lots of help for undecided voters

Voters who need a bit more information about a candidate or an issue before marking their ballot need not despair – or, worse yet, rely on the latest negative commercial or attack mailer they’ve seen.Voter information is actually in plentiful supply for voters with access…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

Ballot stats: Turn-in jumps on Tuesday

Here's something for numbers geeks and political wonks to debate in discussing whether voter turnout (or turn-in) in Spokane County may be trending up. Tuesday's ballot count is the highest so far in this election.As mentioned last week, the Tuesday after ballots go out is…

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Poundstone in the Park Saturday

The Spokane version of Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" will feature comedian Paula Poundstone Saturday, organizers said.Poundstone is in Spokane for a couple of shows. Organizers asked her to come by Riverfront Park for the event. She said yes.The rally is Stewart's send-up of…

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Blasts from the past: Archived campaign lit

OLYMPIA -- The Secretary of State's Office blog has a daily feature this week on campaign literature from past campaigns in Washington state collected by the State Archives. It's in honor of something or other that happens next Tuesday.Today's comes from Dan Evans' 1964 campaign…

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Washington gets $11.7 million

OLYMPIA - Most days, the revenue news out of the state capital is grim. But Tuesday state officials had a bit of good news: the state is getting $11.7 million in a settlement over the way some accounts in the state pension funds were handled.State…

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama, right, cheers Sen. Patty Murray at a Senate campaign fundraiser Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, in Bellevue. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Michelle Obama: Get fired up

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Patty Murray today in Bellevue.The Spokesman-Review didn't send a reporter. No disrespect to the First Lady, but our closest reporter is in Olympia, and while he made the trip to Seattle for the president, and another to Tacoma earlier…

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McCain: Murray part of 'corrupt process' 

U.S. Sen. John McCain tried to give a boost to Republican Dino Rossi's chances of joining him in the Senate by saying Democrat Patty Murray "engages in a corrput practice."McCain stepped an inch back from calling Murray, a three-term incumbent with whom he's had significant…

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Last chance to register

Washington voters have until close of business today to register to vote, and they'll have to go to their local county elections office to register in person.You'll need some form of identification that lists the address of your residence, like a driver's license or a…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2010

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THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Obama: Ask them what they'd cut 19 

SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama said skeptical voters should challenge Republican candidates who are calling for smaller budgets, demanding that they explain how they'd shrink the government.Appearing in a northeast Seattle neighborhood for a "backyard conversation" with about 35 local residents, Obama defended policies his…

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