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Spin Control archive for Aug. 2012


This is a map of the election night totals in the 4th District state House race (Jim Camden)

Looking ahead: 4th District House race

For candidates in a two-person primary like Republican Matt Shea and Democrat Amy Biviano, this week's election gives them a snapshot of how they are doing right now with voters. This map shows the precincts that each won, and demonstrates that Shea piled up larger…

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This map shows the election night totals for candidates in the 3rd Legislative District state Senate primary. (Jim Camden)

Looking ahead: 3rd District Senate race

For candidates in two-person primary races, like Democrat Andy Billig and Republican Nancy McLaughlin, the primary offers them a chance to see how they stack up, head to head, right now. This map shows the margin of victory for each candidate in the 3rd Legislative…

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Dellwo confident; Keller endorses Holy

Unlike the close battle for a central Spokane House seat, the other local legislative race in Tuesday's primary with more than two candidates came to a decisive conclusion early. Democrat Dennis Dellwo, a former state representative, easily topped three Republicans to advance general election. He'll…

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Thousands left to count in Spokane House race

About 24,000 people voted in Spokane's 3rd Legislative District in Tuesday's primary election, according to election statistics that include ballots received in today's mail. So far, about 17,000 of those votes have been counted. That means the second-place battle for state House among Democrats Bob…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

Races we can call, and some we can't

No surprises yet: Governor: Rob McKenna v. Jay Inslee AG: Bob Ferguson v. Reagan Dunn Lands Commish: Peter Goldmark v. Clint Didier Leaders in the rest: Lt. Gov: Brad Owen and Bill Finkbeiner Sec. State: Kim Wyman and Kathleen Drew Auditor: James Watkins and Troy…

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Spokane County reports on primary night 

Spokane County primary results are in, and can be found inside the blog. Some things to note: Republican Mike Baumgartner is running way out front in the "rest of the pack" in the U.S. Senate race, but Democrat Maria Cantwell is still in first. Considering…

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First county to report: Clallam

Clallam County gets a prize for the fastest ballot count of the night. They have the governor's race very close, and a lot of other interesting numbers. To get the details for the statewide races, click here to go inside the blog. For regular updates,…

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Spokane bishop: Vote no on Ref. 74 

Spokane’s Catholic bishop is urging members of his diocese to vote against the same-sex marriage law that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. In a letter to parishioners available at weekend services, The Rev. Blase Cupich contends that if Referendum 74 passes, it will…

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Time running out for voters

If you haven't voted in the Washington state primary, but have been meaning to, you are running out of time. The deadline to get those ballots marked, sealed and mailed, or sealed and deposited in a drop box, is 8 p.m. Tuesday. If you are…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell offers some campaign advice to Daryl Romeyn, a Democrat running for Spokane County commissioner, at the Spokane County Democratic Party's fund-raiser Saturday in Riverfront Park. (Jim Camden)

How excited are voters for the primary? 

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell talks with Daryl Romeyn, a candidate for Spokane County commissioner, at the county Democratic Party's fund-raiser in Riverfront Park. Every couple of weeks, some national pundit or cable news talking head ruminates about the "enthusiasm gap" for a certain set of…

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SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2012

Sunday spin: Is this tanker tout accurate?

A reader had a question about a claim in a recent campaign commercial for Sen. Maria Cantwell, in which the incumbent Democrat touts her record on expanding aerospace jobs: "I also helped Boeing win the Air Force tanker contract worth billions." What gives? wrote a…

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Chelsea Brown of Coeur d'Alene will be an intern at the Democratic National Convention. (Courtesy of Salisbury University)

Ringside convention seat

Chelsea Brown. Photo courtesy Salilsbury University The results of the Republican and Democratic national conventions may not be in doubt, but for political junkies, they are still the equivalent of the Olympics as far as attending or participating. So a Coeur d’Alene college student is…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

A look at the average WA State worker 

The average state worker, if such a person existed, would be white, 47, and making $50,304, but no raise in the last three years. She or he – it’s almost a tossup, with 50.6 percent of state workers women and 49.4 percent men – would…

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More words for the Nov. 6 ballot

OLYMPIA -- Voters get to weigh in on two more ballot measures in November, a pair of advisory votes on changes to tax law the Legislature approved this year. One involves petroleum taxes, the other involves a tax break for large banks on mortgages. They're…

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