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Spin Control archive for July 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

McKenna: Limit other spending to boost education

Washington could spend more money on its public schools and colleges by limiting the growth in other state expenses and changing the way some property taxes are collected, a gubernatorial candidate said Tuesday. Republican hopeful Rob McKenna released new details of his plans to increase…

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MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Primary turnout could be low

The presidential campaign has been in the news for months and political commercials are starting to crowd other products off the airwaves, but Washington's voters seem less enthusiastic than normal about next month's state primary. Ballots that were mailed to overseas and military voters in…

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A site for endorsements 

With the Aug. 7 primary approaching, some harried voters are looking for all help possible to help them decide among the long list of candidates, many of them unknown, for offices, many of them unfamiliar. has the Election Center which gives you information about…

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Gubernatorial debates in the 'hustings'

The Vancouver gubernatorial debate on Aug 29 will be at the Washington State University-Vancouver campus, and has a long list of sponsors including the local ports, the public schools, development councils, newspapers, civic and business groups. So many that it might be quicker to say…

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FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2012

Same-sex marriage campaign gets $2.5 million boost

OLYMPIA -- Supporters of a ballot measure to ratify same-sex marriage in Washington state received $2.5 million from the founder of, the campaign announced today. Washington United for Marriage, which is pushing Referendum 74 on the Nov. 6 ballot, announced the contribution from Jeff…

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I-1183 boosts liquor sales -- in Idaho

Washington voters probably didn’t intend it, but they gave at least a temporary economic boost to Idaho liquor stores when taking their state out the booze business last year by passing Initiative 1183. In June, the first month that I-1183 closed Washington’s state-owned liquor stores…

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Charter school measure makes November ballot

OLYMPIA -- An initiative which will be the fourth attempt to get voter approval for charter schools will be on the November ballot. Initiative 1240 has enough valid signatures to qualify for the Nov. 6 election, the Secretary of State's office said this afternoon. Although…

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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

TVW blasts Ferguson ad for AG 

OLYMPIA – The Democratic candidate for state attorney general is being accused of violating TVW broadcast rules by using the government cable channel’s footage in his latest commercial. The commercial for Bob Ferguson, which only appears on the Internet, features a brief video clip of…

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Home builders backing mostly GOP

The Spokane Home Builders Association released its list of candidate endorsements this week, and they're going mostly Republican. Mike Baumgartner and Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Congress Republicans for most statewide executive office, except for Democrat Jim McIntire for state treasurer, who has no Republican opponent.…

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Campaign video: Nastiest ad?

BuzzFeed describes this commercial, from the Texas Senate race, as the Nastiest Ad of the Campaign Cycle. Understood in that is most likely "to date" because there is quite a bit of time left in this cycle to get nastier. Even so, using that superlative…

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Today's fun video: Romney is his hero 

This is a very unusual political video. It's pro-Romney, although not from the Romney campaign. In fact, the Obama campaign might send it out on their Twitter feed for a few grins. But the guy really likes Romney, and really doesn't like Obama. That, and…

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MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012

Documents from Sunday's story on Shea 

Some readers of Sunday's story about Matt Shea's continuance of a charge of having a loaded handgun in his pickup without a valid concealed weapon permit, which stemmed from a "road rage" incident, have wondered why the story appeared now rather than in November when…

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FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Congressional candidates take stand on 15 topics

We have posted the answers to a Spokesman-Review candidate questionnaire from each of the four candidates for the Congressional seat representing Eastern Washington. You can read the candidates' opinions on 15 topics, including taxes, same-sex marriage, immigration, marijuana, abortion and the North Spokane freeway at…

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Another big Seattle payday for Obama?

President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop in Seattle next week, the third time in seven months he will visit the state's largest city to raise money. His re-election campaign hasn't released many details of the trip yet. It’s a stop with two campaign fundraisers…

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Today's fun video: Newt meets Snooki

A long way from the presidential campaign trail. Last night on the Tonight show: Leno: I never thought I'd say this. Newt meet Snooki. Snooki, Newt. Snooki: Whatup? Some things have to be true, because if you made them up, no one would believe them.

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Stuckart: I support Billig 

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he didn't give City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin permission to use a picture of him on a campaign mailer for state Senate. McLaughlin, a Repbulican, is running for state Senate seat that represents central Spokane against Democratic…

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Obama coming to Seattle next week

OLYMPIA -- President Obama will hit the Washington state campaign ATM again next week. He's scheduled to attend two fundraisers in Seattle. A press release this morning from the Obama campaign said Washington is on a list of stops the president will make to raise…

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McKenna adviser out for tweets

OLYMPIA -- A policy adviser for Rob McKenna's gubernatorial campaign resigned today after apologizing for making derogatory remarks about Asians and the elderly on the Internet. Kathlyn Ehls submitted her resignation, which campaign manager Randy Pepples said in a press release he accepted after she…

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Ballots in the mail

Today is the day for county elections offices in Washington to begin mailing out ballots for the Aug. 7 state primary. Spokane County will start its mail "drop" of about 265,000 ballots, finishing it on Thursday. All registered voters should receive their ballots by early…

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