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Spin Control archive for Jan. 1, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012

SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012



WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

McKenna dance video goes viral

On the eve of Washington's next gubernatorial debate, a video featuring Republican Rob McKenna doing Gangnam style dancing apparently has gone viral. That's according to Geek Wire which also suggests McKenna may have an edge on capturing the dork vote with his performance at a…

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I-502 puts former feds in TV ad 

Those wondering what the Initiative 502 would do with that boatload of money it is sitting on have at least part of an answer. Today they unveiled a television ad that features three federal law enforcement types -- two former district attorneys and one former…

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Gregoire video appears on anti Ref 74 blog

The National Organization for Marriage, which is opposing the ballot measure which would let Washington recognize same-sex marriage, posted a video on its blog that suggests President Obama was hiding his support for such unions for several months. It's a clip of Gov. Chris Gregoire…

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Watch Billig, McLaughlin make their pitch

Today, we launch a series of videos on local election, giving candidates a chance to explain their platform and positions on several issues. We'll start with the race for state Senate in central Spokane between state Rep. Andy Billig and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin.…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012


McMorris Rodgers, Cowan debate for first time

The Democratic opponent of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the November election used much of the first debate for Congressional seat representing Spokane working to portray the incumbent Republican as an engrained fixture in a bickering Congress. But McMorris Rodgers used her time to…

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Today's fun video: Brown, Cantwell try comedy 

Washington Democrats got together recently to give out awards, and the prize for "Rising Star" went to former legislative and congressional aide Marcus Riccelli, a current candidate for the state House of Representatives. One might think that Democrats might want to hold off on proclaiming…

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Map of state business tax climate from the Tax Foundation (Map courtesy of the Tax Foundation)

WA ranked No. 6 for biz climate

Candidates trying to make points this year by decrying Washington as a terrible place to do business, take heed: One national organization rates Washington No. 6 for its "business tax climate." That's sixth from the top, or best state (Wyoming), not sixth worst (New York).…

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MONDAY, OCT. 8, 2012

Cantwell outraises Baumgartner 3-to-1

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell raised more than three times as much money for her re-election campaign in the last quarter as her Republican challenger, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, raised in his effort to unseat her. The Cantwell campaign reported last week she had raised more…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 7, 2012

Sunday Spin: A Republican says yes to a tax hike 

Early last week, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Baumgartner may have raised some eyebrows by endorsing I-502, the ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults in Washington. Later in the week he offered up another surprise. He backed a tax increase. Seriously. A…

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Sunday Spin: Endorsements galore

This is also the time of the campaign season when candidates show off their endorsements and awards. Some readers and campaign staffs ask why the newspaper pays scant attention to them. The answer is we look for endorsements that are so surprising as to constitute…

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SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2012

Sunday Spin: What's in a name?

OLYMPIA – Close races mean big spending, and Washington’s gubernatorial race is no exception. Along with candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, who have a combined total of $18 million with one month left to raise and spend, outside groups have kicked in another $12…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 5, 2012

Vote Smart guide on line 

One more tool for the voter trying to figure out how to mark a ballot for president: Project Vote Smart has released its Voters Self Defense Manual for 2012, which features the stances of the five most common presidential candidates -- Barack Obama and Mitt…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2012

Cantwell has big lead in poll, fundraising 

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's re-election campaign was crowing about two bits of good news for her: Federal Election Commission reports filed this week showed she raised more than $1 million fo the third quarter of this campaign year. And a new poll by Rasmussen Reports…

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