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Spin Control archive for Aug. 2012

SATURDAY, AUG. 25, 2012

FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2012

Fiscal note on I-1185 stands, judge rules 

OLYMPIA -- The fiscal note on the latest initiative requiring a supermajority in the Legislature for tax increases will remain in the voters pamphlet, even though it is different from a nearly identical initiative that passed in 2010, a judge ruled today. That might not…

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McMorris Rodgers agrees to two debates 

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has decided to debate her Democratic opponent twice before the November election. After this month's primary, Democrat Rich Cowan challenged McMorris Rodgers to debate him in each of the 5th Congressional District's 10 counties. After her town hall meeting on…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

Romney on WA ballot, judge rules

OLYMPIA — Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will be on Washington’s presidential ballot this fall because the Republican Party meets the rules for being a major party in the state, a Thurston County Superior Court judge ruled this morning. Judge Thomas McPhee denied a request…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2012

Baumgartner: No apology for expletive 

OLYMPIA -- U.S. Senate candidate Mike Baumgartner said Wednesday he never apologized to a Seattle reporter for suggesting the reporter "(bleep)" himself, even though his campaign released a statement Tuesday quoting the Spokane Republican doing just that. "It went out before I'd seen it," Baumgartner…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

It's a wrap: Primary vote certified 

Even the closest of races have been over for more than a week, but the process of reaching the final election tallies for the Washington state primary just concluded on Tuesday afternoon. The final turnout: A lower than forecast 38.5 percent statewide, and 38.85 percent…

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Baumgartner to Publicola: Go (bleep) yourself 

U.S. Senate candidate Mike Baumgartner thinks too much attention is being paid to comments by another Republican candidate running for another Senate seat in another state. As noted yesterday, Baumgartner, who is running against U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, called the comments of Todd Akin ignorant…

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MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

GOP chair now wants Shea photo removed 

It may have started as a joke but the controversial photo of state Rep. Matt Shea standing on his Democratic challenger’s property has become a political hot potato for Republicans. The chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party, who was characterized in The Spokesman-Review and…

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T-Mobile kicks in to Ref. 74 campaign

OLYMPIA -- T-Mobile dialed in support of the ballot measure that would legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. The cellphone service is giving $25,000 to the main campaign to pass Referendum 74, Washington United for Marriage. The company said in a press release it was…

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McMorris Rodgers back from other Washington 

Got a question for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers? The congresswoman, a Republican, will be meeting with constituents this week across parts of the sprawling 5th congressional district, including a town hall event Thursday in Spokane. Here's the details: WALLA WALLA -- 11:30 a.m. Wednesday,…

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Mo. rape comment ripples into Wa. 

Waves from a comment by a Missouri politician Sunday that women are rarely pregnant from a "legitimate rape" rippled across country to Washington state today, with fellow Republican Senate candidate Mike Baumgartner calling it ignorant and Democrats trying to tie a link to Rep. Cathy…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

GOP leader backs Shea's decision to post photo 

The chairman of the Spokane County Republican Party is standing behind state Rep. Matt Shea’s decision to post a picture of himself standing on his election opponent’s property on Facebook. But Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, a Republican, says he wishes Shea would have pulled…

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Council may fight Condon on Burns' dismissal 

The Spokane City Council appears ready to challenge Mayor David Condon’s decision to release the city’s police ombudsman. Condon has decided not to renew Ombudsman Tim Burns’ three-year contract. His last day is Oct. 31, though he’ll be using up vacation for the last month.…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2012

Local GOP opening 'Victory Center' 

Spokane area Republicans are apparently pooling their resources for the fall campaigns to open a "Victory Center" where GOP candidates and their supporters, from the presidential level on down the ballot, can set up. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said statewide candidates and campaigns will…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

Baumgartner picks up 'D' endorsement

OLYMPIA -- With the primary over for everything except the certification, losers are apt to be endorsing winners who will move on to the general. So it's no surprise that U.S. Senate candidate Art Coday, who finished third, has endorsed fellow Republican Mike Baumgartner in…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2012

A worker from Western Waterproofing Co. of Seattle makes his way down the Capitol dome as part of a $1.1 million cleanup project for the exterior of the 84-year-old building. (Jim Camden)

Little stroll down the dome

A worker from Western Waterproofing Co. of Seattle makes his way down the dome Tuesday. OLYMPIA – Things are looking up at the Capitol. Up to the dome, that is, where a $1.1 million restoration project is cleaning off some eight years of grime, mold…

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2012

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