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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 10, 2010

Democrats want probe of AFPWA spending

Washington state Democrats want the Public Disclosure Commission to go after a group that spent money against some of their legislative candidates but hasn't revealed where the money comes from.They filed a complaint today against Americans For Prosperity Washington, an offshoot of the national Americans…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2010

Wiggins takes lead, has voting trends on his side 

Former Appeals Court Judge Charlie Wiggins took a narrow lead over incumbent Justice Richard Sanders in Washington’s tight Supreme Court race Tuesday afternoon.An analysis of voting patterns suggests Wiggins will finish ahead of Sanders and take his place on the state’s highest court when all…

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Wiggins takes lead...can he keep it?

Challenger Charlie Wiggins has taken the lead of about 3,500 votes over Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders on the strength of King County ballots tabulated at 4:30 p.m. Pierce and several other counties, where Sanders has been ahead since election night, are scheduled to report…

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Miloscia to challenge Chopp for speaker

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Mark Miloscia, a seven-term legislator from Federal Way, announced today he will run for speaker of the House, challenging current speaker Frank Chopp of Seattle.In a prepared statement, Miloscia said Democratic leaders haven't been offering hope, fision or plans to address the…

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MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010

Brown re-elected Senate majority leader

OLYMPIA -- Despite legislative losses in last Tuesday's election, Lisa Brown was re-elected majority leader by Democrats in the state Senate.Brown, who represents central Spokane's 3rd Legislative District, was re-elected Senate majority leader, a job she's held since 2005. A press release from Senate Democrats…

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Self-financed campaigns faltered

Trying to buy an election by self-financing a campaign is a bad investment, a study from the Center for Responsive Politics says.Only about one in five candidates who poured a half-million dollars or more into their own campaigns came out a winner last week. If…

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Today's fun video: Obama remix

President Obama hasn't had much call to dance in the last week, but during a stop in Mumbai, India, earlier today he was invited to join a troupe of children dancers. So he did, and the video was very quickly cut and remixed with "In…

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Talcott Broadhead with daughters Clementine, age 5, and Henrietta, 15 months, gather on the steps of the Capitol Rotunda to mark the centennial of women getting the right to vote in Washington. Next to them is Darrell Holt (in top hat) and Carole Rambo Holt (green dress, Vote sash). (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Playing dress up for women's suffrage

OLYMPIA -- Dozens of Washington residents appeared in turn-of-the-century costume -- and by that we mean the turn of the 20th, not the 21st, Century -- at the Capitol today to celebrate the centennial of women receiving the right to vote in the state.Here Talcott…

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Dozens of Washington residents in period costume gather in the Capitol Rotunda to mark the centennial of women receiving the right to vote in the state. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Capitol does the time warp

One hundred years ago today, women in Washington state received the right to vote through a measure that passed on that year's ballot. In honor of the centennnial, women in men in period attire, some of them driving or riding in vintage autos, flooded the…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 4, 2010


Computer map of votes cast in the Spokane County assessor's race as of 11/2/2010. (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

Mapping the vote: Spokane County assessor race

Challenger Vicki Horton is leading incumbent assessor Ralph Baker in many precincts throughout the cities of Spokane, Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake, as well as much of the unincorporated area.For this map, because both candidates are Republicans, we opted out of the standard red and…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Run for prosecutor ignores law 

Deputy Kootenai County Prosecutor Jim Reierson has been campaigning for write-in votes for the top prosecutor spot in Spokane County, but it's a race he can't legally win.Running as a candidate who prefers the "Law and Order" Party, Reierson lost his bid for that job…

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MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2010

This is it: Last day to vote 

Months of television commercials, weeks of campaign mailers and days of street-corner sign waving end today. The election is now out of the hands of the candidates and the consultants, and in the hands of the voters.In Washington, which has all-mail voting in all counties…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

PDC violations could void legislative primary 

A Democratic political strategist active in shadowy independent ads in a Spokane legislative campaign faces court sanctions for campaign violations in an Everett primary race.Lisa MacLean's tactics to hide who was contributing to efforts to sway the 38th District state Senate primary were so “reprehensible”…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

Ballot stats: Turn-in jumps on Tuesday

Here's something for numbers geeks and political wonks to debate in discussing whether voter turnout (or turn-in) in Spokane County may be trending up. Tuesday's ballot count is the highest so far in this election.As mentioned last week, the Tuesday after ballots go out is…

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Poundstone in the Park Saturday

The Spokane version of Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" will feature comedian Paula Poundstone Saturday, organizers said.Poundstone is in Spokane for a couple of shows. Organizers asked her to come by Riverfront Park for the event. She said yes.The rally is Stewart's send-up of…

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Blasts from the past: Archived campaign lit

OLYMPIA -- The Secretary of State's Office blog has a daily feature this week on campaign literature from past campaigns in Washington state collected by the State Archives. It's in honor of something or other that happens next Tuesday.Today's comes from Dan Evans' 1964 campaign…

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Washington gets $11.7 million

OLYMPIA - Most days, the revenue news out of the state capital is grim. But Tuesday state officials had a bit of good news: the state is getting $11.7 million in a settlement over the way some accounts in the state pension funds were handled.State…

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama, right, cheers Sen. Patty Murray at a Senate campaign fundraiser Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, in Bellevue. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Michelle Obama: Get fired up

First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Patty Murray today in Bellevue.The Spokesman-Review didn't send a reporter. No disrespect to the First Lady, but our closest reporter is in Olympia, and while he made the trip to Seattle for the president, and another to Tacoma earlier…

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Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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