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Spin Control archive for June 2012


Sunday Spin: Appealing to the geeks 

Politicians are always looking to expand their base, even when they divide the electorate into different groups. Business owners. Union members. Blue collar workers. Soccer moms. Seniors. College students. John Waite is offering some political training next week to a segment he believes is generally…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012

Washington state Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, seen in 2006, will step down from his post and serve the remainder of his term as an associate justice. (FILE / Associated Press)

STA wins high-profile fan

We may have found a spokesman for a Spokane Transit Authority ad campaign. Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerry Alexander has been flying to Spokane every couple weeks in the last few months to serve as one of the Spokane's five Use of Force…

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Cowan: Stop bickering over health care law

As his Republican opponent continues to call for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Democratic congressional candidate Rich Cowan said it's time to "put aside the partisan bickering."" Cowan's likely opponent in November, four term Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was one of the…

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Inslee: Time to move forward 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee said his GOP opponent was "wrong from the beginning" to join the lawsuit challenging the federal health care reform law. A couple hours earlier, Inslee's chief Republican rival, Attorney General Rob McKenna had defended his decision to join the lawsuit…

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Obama on the Obamacare decision

President Obama looked pretty happy when he took to the microphone earlier this morning to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act. For those who didn't see that, but wonder what he had to say, a transcript is…

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McKenna: We won on Commerce Clause argument

Attorney General Rob McKenna did his best to count victories this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the lawsuit he joined to overturn the Affordable Care Act. And he said other Republicans should drop talk of a wholesale repeal of the law because…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire holds a press conference to discuss how Washington benefits from the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act (Jim Camden)

Gregoire: A great day. . . but not for McKenna

Gov. Gregoire discusses health care ruling. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire "couldn't be more happy and relieved" by the Supreme Court's majority decision that the Affordable Care Act was constitutional. The decision is good for state residents with pre-existing medical conditions, for young adults who…

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McKenna: Part of the checks and balances

OLYMPIA -- Attorney General Rob McKenna was among the original plaintiffs challenging the Affordable Care Act and this morning defended the lawsuit, despite the loss, as part of the nation's "series of checks and balances". “While we’re disappointed that this close decision did not find…

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Gregoire: Perserverance paid off

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire said she believed the Affordable Care Act would withstand the legal challenge but was "extremely pleased" the Supreme Court agreed with some of the points highlighted in a brief she and others in the state submitted in support of the…

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McMorris Rodgers: Constitutional but unworkable 

Even if the Affordable Care Act is constitutional, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning, it's still unworkable, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers insisted. The Eastern Washington Republican was sent to the court as one of the GOP spokespersons to address the gathered media hordes.…

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Crapo: GOP said all along it was a tax 

The Republicans said all along that the individual mandate was a tax, Sen. Mike Crapo said this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on that point. Democrats had insisted it wasn't. "It's an incredibly big irony," the Idaho Republican said.…

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Kreidler: Washington ahead of most states

Washington Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler was among the first with instant analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on health care reform. Not surprisingly, Kreidler, who is a big supporter of the Affordable Care Act, was upbeat. His take: That Washington is ahead of most…

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CNN blows the call on health care ruling 

Viewers of CNN may have been justifiably confused this morning when, over a span of four minutes, the Supreme Court ruling was described as a major defeat for President Obama and the Democrats to a "huge, huge victory." That's because at about 7:12 a.m. Pacific,…

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Hotline puts WA gov race No. 2

Hotline, a national political publication is ranking Washington's gubernatorial race as the second-most likely to switch from one party to another in November. North Carolina is first. Here's what the Hotline staff had to say about the Washington race: WASHINGTON (Open D, Gov. Christine Gregoire…

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State primary is officially underway

OLYMPIA -- Your election calendar might not say Washington State Primary until Aug. 7, but in reality, the election has already begun. Some 50,000 ballots have been sent to deployed service members and other state residents living overseas. Some went by regular mail, others went…

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