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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012

McKenna calls Koster's comment on rape "innapropriate" 

Rob McKenna, the Republican nominee for governor, has called remarks made by a Republican candidate for Congress in a close race in western Washington “inappropriate.” John Koster, who is running in the Congressional district that includes Seattle suburbs and Mount Vernon, told a liberal activist…

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On the Web: Koster and the 'rape thing' 

Another example of Washington politicians getting in elsewhere: John Koster, the Republican running for the state's 1st Congressional District seat, is getting lots of attention -- not necessarily the good kind -- for a comment he made about rape. He's being lumped in with GOP…

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On the Web: HuffPo profiles state Rep. Walsh

Another example of Washington state politicians getting ink elsewhere: Huffington Post looks at state Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, noting her stance in support of gay rights and same-sex marriage. Spin Control readers with good memories might recall a post with a video of her…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2012

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire, dressed as Alice in Wonderland, with husband Mike dressed as the White Rabbit, greets 2 1/2 year old Jack Kesler of Olympia Halloween night at the governor's mansion. (Jim Camden)

Gov. 'Alice' offers treats

Gov.Chris Gregoire as Alice, and husband Mike greet trick or treater Jack Kesler, age 2 1/2 at the Governor's Mansion. OLYMPIA -- One thing Gov. Chris Gregoire is likely to miss when she leaves office at the end of this year is Halloween trick or…

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Ref 74 gets $25,000 from Brad Pitt

The campaign to pass same-sex marriage in Washington state got a contribution Wednesday that is far from it's biggest, but may be from one of its most celebrated donors: Actor Brad Pitt. And you thought he was busy making perfume commercials. Pitt recently gave $100,000…

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It's Halloween. Take your signs down

It's Halloween, which is great for the candy manufacturers, fun for the kids, but often terrible for campaign signs. Those placards on a stick are among the easiest targets for Halloween mischief. Mustaches and devils horns get spray-painted onto candidate faces, obscenities get scrawled on…

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Where to take your ballot

In Spokane County, there's a drop box at most public libraries, as well as a couple other spots. For a list, go inside the blog. For other Washington counties, click here to find the information on your county.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012

Today's fun videos: Long versions

Although television is full of 30-second campaign commercials, the Internet is awash in longer videos from diferent groups that have so much to say and show that it won't fit in that restricted time frame. With a little extra time, they can go above and…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2012

Election reminder: Save your signs

Wednesday is Halloween. While it is mostly a holiday devoted to raising the blood sugar levels of small children, it is also a time when older youths wander around looking for trouble to get into. Among the easiest targets for such mischief are campaign yard…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

Saturday night: Goodman at SFCC 

For those who crave politics on a Saturday night rather than football, a movie or bad television, Spokane Falls Community College will be the place to be this week. Amy Goodman, whose columns appear in The Spokesman-Review (her most recent is here), will be at…

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Did Shea break pledge to Republican group? 11 

In August, state Rep. Matt Shea appeared to be mending bridges in the local Republican Party. He attended a meeting of the Republicans of Spokane County and won the group's endorsement. The Republicans of Spokane County is an organization that formed a few years ago…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

Notes from a Democratic rally

About 150 gathered for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell’s campaign rally this evening in Spokane at the Lincoln Center. There wasn’t much we haven’t heard on the trail before, so here are a few miscellaneous thoughts: -- The Democrats appear enthused about the race for Congress.…

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Wonderland at Gov mansion? 1 day only

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire and her husband Mike have picked out their costumes to greet trick-or-treaters next week. The governor will be appearing as Alice, of Wonderland fame. Mike Gregoire will be dressed as the White Rabbit. During Gregoire's tenure, the mansion has been…

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Obama backs Ref. 74 

OLYMPIA -- President Obama gave a thumbs up to Referendum 74, the ballot measure in Washington that would legalize same-sex marriage, supporters said today. Not a huge surprise, considering Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage earlier this year, a few months after the…

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