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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's Web site: Think you can do better on the federal budget than the candidates? Take your best shot Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press: Biden says paying higher taxes gives wealthier Americans a chance to be patrioticObama tells…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: For those who need a little levity in the face of the campaigns and the financial markets.If you saw it in the paper: This morning's S-R plugged a color-coded state primary map. You can find it here.Here are today's headlines in the presidential…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: This site has promise. The concept is candid views of both campaigns, and this video, apparently their first, is both even-handed and good.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:McCain calls for a commission to study economic crisis; Biden…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2008

Live from Spokane: It's Dino and Chris

Gov. Chris Gregoire and GOP challenger Dino Rossi will both appear at a candidate forum sponsored by The Arc of Spokane this evening.It's not a debate, but a joint appearance with a chance to answer the same questions, sent to them in advance by Arc.…

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2008

That was the week that was

It was a week where lipstick got more attention than Iraq or the economy on the campaign trail.Fox showed more of Barack Obama's interview with Bill O'ReillyABC parcelled out Sarah Palin's interview with Charlie GibsonJohn McCain and Obama called a one-day truce in the ad…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: If McCain and Obama can lay off the negative ads out of respect for Sept. 11, Spin Control can follow suit. Instead, here's Ron Paul -- who has a decent sized following in these parts -- talking about voting for third party candidates.(Afternoon…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2008

Final words on the state primary

The Secretary of State's office certified the results of the Aug. 19 primary, and the only figure in doubt--the final turnout -- is known.It's 42.6 percent, which is a bit under what Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted, but in the ballpark for a primary…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 8, 2008

Bonus videos: Who's the Maverick here?

The McCain-Palin campaign started it with this ad, which tries to stake a claim on the original mavericks in the campaign.The Obama-Biden campaign called and raised with this ad contending that McCain-Palin ain't no mavericks.Want to settle it? click here to see who the real…

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Monday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Thoughts on takeover of Fannie and FreddieThis just in: Spokane will restore alley trash pickup in areas it axed last year. Issue may have helped tip mayoral election. Read story here.Here are the headlines in the presidential race from The Associated Press:Palin: Obama…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2008

Sarah Palin's time at Idaho colleges

Vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin spent part of the 1980s in college in North Idaho, after starting her college career in Hawaii.Here's the information on her academic stops, courtesy of the University of Idaho and The Associated Press.Fall 1982: Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu.Spring & Fall…

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2008

PCO ties a-plenty in Spokane County

The state’s major political parties don’t like the new primary election law, but it could provide them with an unexpected bonus: extra precinct officers.Many of the state’s elections officers do like the new “top two” system, but it will cause them extra work: more ties…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 2, 2008

Update on the Gregoire-Rossi ad wars

Gov. Chris Gregoire's campaign is holding back a day on its answer to the Dino Rossi commercial that aired during Thursday's Democratic Convention coverage.The Rossi ad, mentioned in an earlier Spin Control 2.0 post, suggested to people settling down for Barack Obama's acceptance speech that…

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GOP Convention schedule

Thanks to Hurricane Gustav, the schedule for the Republican convention has been a moving target.But Tuesday night's announced schedule includes President Bush, Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Sen. Fred Thompson. For the latest schedule from the Associated Press, click here.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 29, 2008

Wasting no time on Palin

The McCain campaign -- make that the McCain/Palin campaign -- wasted no time in getting the veep pick onto video and onto YouTube.Here's their Web ad: From this we know1. They've been working on it for at least a couple of days.and even more important,2.…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Madame secretary, from the nosebleed section, Idaho casts its Democratic votes...What about Washington? They didn't get a chance to talk about "the Evergreen State, the place that brought you triple vente soy lattes, the home of the Mariners and geoducks..." because the roll…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2008

Where the heck are our delegates?

Wondering where the Washington and Idaho delegations are hanging out during the convention?Might be hard to spot them in those shots from the podium. Idaho was supposed to be up front, but got moved to the back of the hall to make room for veep…

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New maps in the gov's race

Dino Rossi has been gaining a bit of ground in the gubernatorial vote tally as the primary count continues.His percentages are getting bigger east of the Cascades, while incumbent Chris Gregoire's percentages are getting smaller in most Western Washington Counties.To see how the vote total…

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MONDAY, AUG. 25, 2008

SATURDAY, AUG. 23, 2008

That was the week that was

It started with Barack Obama on vacation, and John McCain talking tough on Georgia and gaining ground in the polls.It ended with Obama announcing his pick for vice president in Springfield. (Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, if you haven't heard.)In between there were two new…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 22, 2008

The "How many houses" volley continues

Apparently smelling blood in the water, the Obama campaign countered the McCain counterpunch ad (see below) with another new commercial ad today.Is that a counter-counterpunch? Whatever.This one is probably more pointed than the one in the post below.Meanwhile, a media group says the first Obama…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2008

New numbers released in Spokane County

Spokane County elections officials have released the latest tallies from the state primary, and it would seem that Republicans are more likely to vote closer to election day than Democrats.Dino Rossi overtook Chris Gregoire in the Spokane County returns (Gregoire still leads statewide). To see…

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Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: For those who've had enough of the Red State/Blue State discussion.Check it out: a comparison of the 2008 primary votes for Rossi and Gregoire with the 2004 general election. Click here. Asked how many houses he and his wealthy wife own, McCain not…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 20, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Surprise pick for GOP Veep?Looking for results from Tuesday's primary? Click here.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press.Joe Lieberman, the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2000, to speak at GOP conventionAdviser says Obama to campaign with newly…

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