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TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2008

Spokane County commissioner races

As of Tuesday night, the races were very close: District 1Todd Mielke, 12,070Kim Thorburn, 11962District 2Mark Richard, 10,981Brian Sayrs, 11,493A couple things to remember: Thousands of ballots left to count, so the spread could change.The primary is held in the district, the general is countywide.…

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5th District Congression race

Mark Mays will have an uphill -- or perhaps up mountain -- race against Cathy McMorris Rodgers.District wide, she's pulling in about 55 percent of the vote. The Republican incumbent has almost three times as many ballots as the Democratic challenger.The challenge from the right…

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One count confirmed

Spokane County Elections Office says they will release the results of 70,073 ballots shortly after 8 p.m.And that will be it for the night. They'll process and count more on Wednesday afternoon.

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Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Last, final, no-kidding-this-is-it reminder: To have your primary ballot count, it must be postmarked today, or deposited in a box at a drop-off site or a voter service center. For a list of locations, click here. Today's video: Something to consider as Obama gets ready…

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MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2008

Troop farewell

Chris Gregoire and Dino Rossi are scheduled to cross paths Tuesday, and with the heated words being exchanged by their campaigns lately, it's probably a good thing there will be plenty of people around to break up any fight.People with guns, no less.Gregoire is scheduled…

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Monday's quickie political briefing

Reminder: Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Washington State. That means your ballots must be dropped off or mailed and postmarked by Tuesday evening.Wondering where to drop them off in Spokane County? Click here.Lost your ballot? The dog ate it or the baby threw up…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2008

WA Gov Race still close, SurveyUSA says

The latest poll in Washington's gubernatorial grudge match shows the two main candidates virtually tied, with very few voters undecided.SurveyUSA has the race at 50 percent for Chris Gregoire, 48 percent for Dino Rossi, 1 percent for other candidates and 1 percent undecided. Margin of…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2008

Not from around here?

The McCain Campaign announced its Washington "Grassroots Leadership Team", which has some familiar Republican names.Former Secretary of State Ralph Munro. State Attorney General Rob McKenna. Former Spokane County Commissioner and FEMA exec Grant Peterson.And one -- "Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gordon" -- that might be…

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Numbers gaming

Dino Rossi's gubernatorial campaign seems to be trying to downplay expectations for the Aug. 19 primary.Rossi obviously expects to make it through next Tuesday's election to face Democrat Chris Gregoire in November. But a press release sent out by the campaign seems to be an…

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MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2008

Lots of choices for president

Washington voters will have eight options for president to pick from on their November ballot.The Secretary of State's office announced on Monday afternoon the minor party candidates who managed to supply the required 1,000 valid signatures by the Aug. 1 deadline to qualify for the…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2008

That was the week that was

It was a week that saw Paris Hilton weigh in on the presidential campaign.The presidential candidates weigh-in on the efficacy of tire gages.John McCain started the week at the biker rally in Sturgis, S.D. Barack Obama ended the week by going on vacation.Washington voters began…

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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2008

The next thing in military technology?

Bonus video: Some of the latest in military technology -- especiallly the stuff that flies really, really fast and loud -- is on display at Fairchild Air Force Base this weekend. But here's a tongue-in-cheek look at where technology might take the Pentagon in its…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6, 2008

Ballots coming in

With ballots for Washington state’s top two primary streaming in to county elections offices, state officials are unveiling a new Web site to give voters even more help with their ballot and registration.Secretary of State Sam Reed said voters seem to prefer the new voting…

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Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: What happens when you start mixing politics with celebrities. Paris for prez?(Warning: Some people might find language in this objectionable.)See Paris Hilton Responds to McCain Ad and more funny videos on FunnyOrDie.comSee more funny videos at Funny or DieHere are the headlines in…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: The best skewering of the "race card" over analyzing so far. (Warning: some folks may find this offensive in parts.)Here are today's headlines in the presidential race, from The Associated Press: New McCain ad emphasizes independent streak to counter Obama charge he’s…

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SUNDAY, AUG. 3, 2008

That was the week that was

Brittany Spears made an appearance in campaign commercials.The presidential candidates "town halled" individually -- and somewhat relentlessly -- but apparently won't town hall together.Meanwhile, each presidential campaign accused the other of playing the race card.Gov. Chris Gregoire got carded at a bar. Challenger Dino Rossi…

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THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: Britney is showing up in campaign commercials. Really. (We can't make this up, it's too bizarre.)She has a quick cameo in the latest McCain ad:And, very quickly, there's a counter ad that hits back.Maybe it's time for a third video, a new version…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 30, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Latest poll: In Washington state, it's Obama 48 percent, McCain 37 percent; Gregoire 47 percent, Rossi 45 percent, in the latest Strategic Vision survey. More on that survey later today.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated PressMcCain tries balancing act: brags…

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2008

Tuesday quickie political briefing

Today's video: What does Sen. Larry Craig have to do with the military's Don't Ask/Don't Tell policy? The Center for Military Readiness's Elaine Donnelly explains, with a little help from The Daily Show.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Economic and…

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FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2008

THURSDAY, JULY 24, 2008

Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: Two takes on Obama's international tourHere's an MSNBC clip on his Berlin stopHere's the Daily Show's take on his Middle East swing. (We're guessing this will get more hits.)Here are today's headlines in the presidential race from the Associated PressObama tells enormous Berlin…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: The McCain campaign vid saying the media's in the tank for ObamaWaddya think? Are they right, or are they whining? Click here to comment.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated PressObama praises US ties with Israel, promises to push…

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TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2008

On the attack: The latest prez ads

Some of the hardest hitting and most innovative ads in the presidential campaign are being run by outsiders right now.Here's one from the Service Employees union that tries to take on McCain by taking advantage of the debut of "Mama Mia" (which, probably to their…

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MONDAY, JULY 21, 2008

League forums on TV

The League of Women Voters held a series of forums recently for congressional, judicial and legislative candidates, and they plan on showing them on cable television.Over and over.So if you miss them one day, chances are you'll have another shot at seeing them before the…

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SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2008

Help a reader out: Is anyone worth your vote?

A concerned (or maybe angry? perplexed? disgusted?) reader writes:Can you give any good reason to vote for any of our present congressmen(women). They, not the president have failed the country. just what have they done in congress to solve the problem. After all they make…

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