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FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008

Lots of speeches to come

Washington state Republicans have a whole morning of speechifying ahead of them.Their convention is set to kick off at 9:15 a.m. with the standard pomp and circumstances, then a welcome address from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.She'll be followed by Reps. Doc Hastings and Dave Reichert,…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's videosToday's theme: The longer the Democratic presidential nomination fight goes on, the longer the candidates have to say things they likely wish they hadn't.Exhibit A: Barack Obama's remark that his uncle helped liberate Auschwitz in World War II draws some truth-squad attention on Tuesday.Exhibit…

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

Today's videoCNN's Anderson Cooper and panelists further the running mate speculation.And that John McCain appearance on Ellen that Thuy posted yesterday? Here's a tightly wound exchange on gay marriage. IN THE HEADLINESObama says he’d pursue direct diplomacy with Cuba, Latin America Obama gains four delegates,…

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

McCain is on the Ellen show, right now.

Here's what AP had on this:WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between and man and a…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2008

'It's purely social'

McCain is planning a house party and inviting suspiciously veepish people. We say "Hmmmm." What say you? CLEVELAND (AP) - The Memorial Day weekend guest list at Sen. John McCain's Arizona retreat runs to at least three Republicans mentioned as potential vice presidential running mates,…

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Barack Obama's Monday stop in Billings HeadlinesObama bids for a delegate milestone in Oregon, Kentucky primaries Veterans’ college aid bill a likely issue in presidential campaignObama’s crowds reflect enthusiasm, but also careful crowd building

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

Monday quickie political briefing

Today's videosIn case you missed it, John McCain had a spot on Saturday Night Live last week. Funny? You be the judge: And while we're trying keep our sense of humor during this long campaign, here's an MSNBC roundup of late-night TV having fun with…

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SUNDAY, MAY 18, 2008

That was the week that was -- in video

It was a long week. Here's a lookFor Clinton, the W. Va. primary was 'Almost Heaven' But her victory was bumped from the spotlight by Edwards' endorsement of Obama Which had to compete with John McCain laying out his strategy for a first term Click…

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

In the Washington Gov Race:New poll says Gregoire up by 11. Look for details this afternoon.Here are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Democrats say McCain was willing to negotiate with HamasAfter GOP stumbles in the South, Obama warns Republicans about critical…

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THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008


McDermott endorses Obama

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott endorsed Barack Obama today, giving the Illinois senator 290.5 superdelegates.As is usual, each said something nice about the other. McDermott said he believes Obama will bring the country together and move it forward. Obama noted McDermott's support of universal health care…

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2008

Wednesday's quickie political briefing

Today's video: Can't get no satisfaction? Gallup says you aren't alone Obama woos working-class voters in MichiganDemocrats widen majority in Congress with win in Mississippi special election———THE DELEGATE BREAKDOWNBarack Obama: 1,885Hillary Rodham Clinton: 1,717———ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAILJohn McCain raises campaign cash in Columbus, Ohio. Hillary…

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2008

Tuesday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: New math on the campaign trail. Here are the headlines from the presidential campaign, from The Associated PressClinton poised for West Virginia win that offers little hope of jarring Obama’s reach for nominationMore than $20 million in debt, Clinton could look to…

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2008

Monday's quickie political briefing

Local briefsMcCain coming to Washington Tuesday. Read the full story by clicking here.Spokane newsie takes job with gov. Read full story by clicking here.Today's fun video: A SNL skit Hillary Clinton probably won't be mentioning on the campaign trail. Here are the headlines in the…

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Go West, young woman

KXLY TV reporter Karina Shagren, who has made her mark covering a range of stories in Spokane over the last couple years, is going off the air soon.Shagren has taken a job in Gov. Christine Gregoire's press office. Hard to say which has more long-term…

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FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2008

Friday's quickie political briefing

LocallySpokane Republicans have another meeting to attend. They'll need a nominating meeting to decide which would-be GOP candidates get an endorsement. Click here to read more.The Obama campaign will make a push for new voters on Saturday across Washington state, including an event in Spokane.…

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Another meeting for Spokane Republicans

Loving meetings isn't a requirement for signing up to be a precinct committee officer. But it probably should be mentioned somewhere in the "good to know" info handed to would-be GOP precinct officers.After precinct caucuses, a county convention and, for many, a state convention in…

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THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2008

Some 411 for N. Idaho voters

Just in time for the upcoming Idaho primary, the Kootenai County League of Women Voters has set up a Web site with information about candidates on the ballot.It's not perfect. Some of the candidates apparently didn't get around to responding to the questionnaire. Still, some…

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Thursday's quickie political briefing

Today's fun video: McCain does the Daily ShowHere are the headlines in the presidential campaign from The Associated Press:Corzine says Clinton needs exceptional run in remaining primariesEvidence scant that Wright did much damage to Obama in Ind., N.C. primariesFormer Edwards campaign manager David Bonior endorses…

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TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2008

Keep on keepin' on

Turn on any talking head news show, and it won't be five minutes before some political consultant holds forth on how bad the ongoing Democratic campaign is for the eventual nominee, unity of the party, the body politic and melting the ice in Antarctica.OK, we…

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MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008


How much is a councilperson worth?

Do you think Spokane City Council members are underpaid?Overpaid?Did you know they get paid?Well they do, $18,000 to represent one of the three districts; $40,000 to be council president.The City's Salary Commission is thinking about changing that. This month they have several meetings, will draft…

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FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008


What de Mayo?

Gov. Chris Gregoire's office sent word Thursday that she'll be attending the annual Cinco de Mayo reception for "brief remarks."No big deal, you might say. The Hispanic population is growing in the state, and the guv can hardly ignore that.The strange thing is the Cinco…

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THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008

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