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FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2008

Clothes maketh the event?

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke showed up at two different press conferences this week in very different attire.On Wednesday, he was present when the U.S. attorney, federal and local law enforcement agencies announced a big bust of drugs and guns, the result of an 18-month…

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THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2008

Some yapping in the gov campaign

Everyone knows that the governor's race is getting heated. The two main protagonists don't much like each other, and their staffs shouldn't be allowed in the same room without a pass through the metal detector and armed guards to separate them.But now the campaign may…

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More on Michelle Obama in Seattle

Michelle Obama and Chris Gregoire, and about 1,600 of their supporters, raised an estimated $320,000 at the WaMu Theater at Safeco Field, the Associated Press reports.As would be expected, Michelle Obama complimented Gregoire, who complimented Barack Obama, so everyone was pretty much in sync.Shortly afterwards,…

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Counterprogramming Michelle Obama

Washington State Republicans our trying to smack Michelle Obama around online as she makes a campaign stop today in Seattle.They decided to take out after her "really proud of this country" comment from a few months ago -- yes, that is a way back in…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 16, 2008

Warning: Deadline approaching

The deadline for registering to vote in Washington the easy way -- that is, filling out a form you get at a government office or off the Internet, and mailing it in -- is fast approaching.Those registration forms must be postmarked by Saturday to be…

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TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2008

Congress overrides Medicare veto

When Congress overrode President Bush's veto of the Medicare reimbursement bill on Tuesday, all members of the Washington delegation gave the veto the heave-ho.Republicans Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert voted with the Democrats in the House, and Sens. Patty Murray and Maria…

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Who's on first?

The latest bone of contention in the governor's race is: Poll numbers.Chris Gregoire's campaign last week was touting a poll that said she was leading 49 percent to 43 percent. It was conducted by Rasmussen Reports.Dino Rossi's campaign has a posting on its Web site…

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Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Jackson not the only one to forget about the mic (Warning: the language in this may be objectionable to some.)Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from the Associated Press: McCain calls for Afghanistan surgeObama says policy for war in Iraq not…

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FRIDAY, JULY 11, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: An ad that's fun, but probably not that effective. After all, what's it really about? House Democrats reserve nearly $35 million worth of TV ads in hopes of gains in Nov. electionsGerman govt. says Obama visit being worked out, quiet on possible Brandenburg…

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THURSDAY, JULY 10, 2008

Gov money update

About a week ago, the gubernatorial campaigns jousted a bit over who raised the most money -- and how -- during the month of June. Seems the advantage goes to Chris Gregoire, thanks to a big assist from the state Democratic Party.As recounted in Spin…

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Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Religiosity affects presidential preference Rich Roesler is following the back and forth between the Gregoire and Rossi campaigns over videos, and videotaping, at Eye On Olympia.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Obama stresses equal pay, child care in…

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TUESDAY, JULY 8, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Word association with McCain & Obama Bush to Murray: Thanks for the asparagus Read about it hereWash. Biz leaders for McCain. Read about it here.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:McCain, Obama offer plans for Hispanic voters to…

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Biz leaders for McCain

John McCain's campaign this week announced a new group of supporters it calls Washington Small Business Leaders for McCain. The group is so big it has 34 chairmen/women. Or maybe that's just a sign of great leadership...they don't seem to have any members who aren't…

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MONDAY, JULY 7, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Obama beating McCain among Hispanics Bonus Poll: Zogby says Obama way ahead in Electoral College. Click here for details.Are you a Republican or a Democrat? For those who aren't sure, take the test by clicking here.Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign…

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SUNDAY, JULY 6, 2008

Left wing, right wing or middle of the bird?

Many people know whether they're Republicans or Democrats.They've always been a Republican (or Democrat). They're father was always a Republican. Their grandfather was always a Republican. Their great-grandfather was a...Whig? Free Soil Nebraskan?Whatever.But other people aren't so sure, or so committed.For them, we offer a…

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THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2008

Registering a concern

Secretary of State Sam Reed asked Washington’s congressional delegation Thursday to make sure veterans will receive any assistance they need registering to vote, but a spokeswoman for the VA Medical Center in Spokane said local veterans get that help.Reed said he was concerned that a…

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Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Generic Dems beating Generic Reps Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Kind of blue — Obama hopes to flip Republican red statesMcCain to meet Mexican president on Thursday at end of Latin American tripObama, McCain competing for the…

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 2, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Is Bush a help or hurt to McCain? Bonus videos: Want to see more on the debate over Wesley Clark's comments on John McCain? Click hereHere are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press: McCain to tour Colombian drug interdiction…

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TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2008

Larry Craig sticking up for marriage

When Sen. Larry Craig said he wasn't going to resign his seat, he promised to continue working hard for issues he's championed all these years.In other words, he wasn't changing his stance on those things, just because his stance in another setting ... or another…

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Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: The whole clip of Clark on "Face the Nation" Here are today's headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Clark: McCain comments were his ownObama announces support and expansion for Bush’s faith based programsMcCain to visit Colombia, Mexico to show support for…

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's videos: CBS News: Clinton, Obama making joint appearanceFox News: McCain applauds Supreme Court ruling on gunsAnd some updated poll numbers from Gallup IN THE HEADLINES• Former rivals Obama, Clinton take first public step toward reconciliation • Democratic delegate who said she’d vote for McCain…

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2008

Italian Club raps Rossi video

The Italian Club of Seattle is objecting to the state Democratic Party's new video on likely GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi.How badly are they objecting? They say it's distasteful and racist. They say it is "beyond offensive."They want Gov. Chris Gregoire to have it taken…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2008

Michelle Obama to campaign for Gregoire

Michelle Obama will appear at an event for Chris Gregoire next month in Seattle, the governor's re-election campaign announced Tuesday.They have a fund-raiser planned for noon July 17 at WAMU Theater at Qwest Field, tickets ranging in price from $200 to $1,000 each. (Perhaps with…

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Preaching to the choir

The campaigns and allies for Gov. Chris Gregoire and likely Republican challenger Dino Rossi are arguing Tuesday that the other side is more likely to cater to big donors.At about 12:22 p.m., the state Democratic campaign apparatus reiterated and recycled its fears that Rossi would…

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MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

George Carlin: Maybe it's not the politicians who suck (Warning: contains language many may find offensive...it's George Carlin, after all.)Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign, from the Associated Press: Obama braces for race-based ads as GOP vows fair but tough campaignSen. McCain offers…

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