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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

McCain: Murray part of 'corrupt process' 

U.S. Sen. John McCain tried to give a boost to Republican Dino Rossi's chances of joining him in the Senate by saying Democrat Patty Murray "engages in a corrput practice."McCain stepped an inch back from calling Murray, a three-term incumbent with whom he's had significant…

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Last chance to register

Washington voters have until close of business today to register to vote, and they'll have to go to their local county elections office to register in person.You'll need some form of identification that lists the address of your residence, like a driver's license or a…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 21, 2010

Obama: Ask them what they'd cut 19 

SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama said skeptical voters should challenge Republican candidates who are calling for smaller budgets, demanding that they explain how they'd shrink the government.Appearing in a northeast Seattle neighborhood for a "backyard conversation" with about 35 local residents, Obama defended policies his…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20, 2010

Today's ballot turn-in: 7,650

As suggested yesterday, Tuesday was likely the high-water mark for ballots being received in Spokane County for the next two weeks.Today's count was 7,650, down about 4,500 from Tuesday's 12,104.Highest turnout right now is in central Spokane's 3rd Legislative District, which is at about 11.2%,…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

McMorris Rodgers, Romeyn go head-to-head

Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn painted Cathy McMorris Rodgers as a do-nothing incumbent who has no solutions for federal deficits, illegal immigration, high school dropouts or childhood obesity. McMorris Rodgers suggested Romeyn was someone who didn’t understand complex forest issues and would tax small businesses out…

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Debate reminder: McMorris Rodgers v. Romeyn tonight

In what may be the most anticipated 5th District Congressional debate in years, Republican incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn go head-to-head tonight on television.They'll be answering questions from a panel that includes Spokesman-Review reporter and Spin Control contributor Jonathan Brunt, public…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 15, 2010

McMorris Rodgers, Romeyn may debate after all 

A few days after saying they couldn't fit a debate into Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' schedule, the Republican incumbent's campaign has shifted course and asked if she could debate Daryl Romeyn after all.The campaign called KSPS-TV producer Jill Johnson this morning, asking if the offer…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 14, 2010

Senate debate: Candidates in, cleaver out

Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi have arrived for the first televised debate in Washington's state Senate race.That means the partisans who arrived to cheer one or jeer the other have dispersed, but not before a person taking issue with their demonstration was…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13, 2010

No debate in the 5th Congressional District 10 

For the first time in decades, there will be no debate or face-to-face forum for candidates in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District race because the incumbent is refusing to participate.U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' campaign said Wednesday she will not debate Democratic challenger Daryl Romeyn…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Poster for Spokane Democrats' party to watch Murray Rossi debate (Spokane County Democratic Party)

Dems to party, too, for debate

Not to be out-partied by Republicans, local Democrats have scheduled a debate watch party for the live televised face-off between Dino Rossi and Patty Murray.Democrats will be snacking and cheering at one of their favorite hangouts, Toad Hall, not far from the County Courthouse north…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2010

WA Senate: Playing the 'Big Union' card

Dino Rossi and state Republicans are leveling a charge against Patty Murray that Republicans often use on Democrats, that she’s kowtowing to the union bosses. But they may have picked the wrong backdrop to launch this attack.As recounted today by S-R reporter Chelsea Bannach, the…

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2nd WA Senate debate set

The second, and likely last, debate between Dino Rossi and Patty Murray is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Seattle at the KOMO-TV studios.Murray and Rossi will debate the week before in Spokane, at 7 p.m. Oct. 14, in a debate jointly sponsored and…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

Protesters outside the Washington state Capitol on Oct. 5, 2010 (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

FBI protest -- of sorts -- in Oly

Protesters carry a sign to the steps of the state Capitol.OLYMPIA -- About 50 people marched through the Capitol campus this evening to protest FBI "sweeps" of activists in Minneapolis and Chicago.As protests in Olympia go, it wasn't very big. And the signs, like the…

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MONDAY, SEPT. 27, 2010

WA may add a congressional seat

Washington state could be in line for a new congressional district when the numbers from the 2010 Census become final.A private organization that analyzes census, election and political data said Monday the state could just make the cut for adding a seat if the once-per-decade…

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center, holds up a copy of the GOP agenda, "A Pledge to America", Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, at a lumber yard in Sterling, Va. From left are, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Va., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Boehner, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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McMorris Rodgers makes GOP 'Pledge' 

AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteU.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was among House Republican leaders unveiling their 2010 campaign strategy, the "Pledge to America" at a lumberyard in Virginia.She's the easiest to distinguish person in the photo above, considering she's the only woman. Also in the photo,…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

Tanker contract fuels Senate campaign 

The nation's nine-year debate on how to replace Air Force tankers became a talking point in two places Tuesday: the floor of the U.S. Senate and the Senate campaign in Washington state.An amendment to next year's Defense Authorization bill would have banned Airbus from getting…

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010

MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2010

Elway Poll: Murray 50%/Rossi 41% 

OLYMPIA -- Democrat incumbent Patty Murray leads Republican challenger Dino Rossi in a "highly partisan" race, a new poll by Elway Research Inc., suggests.If they were voting today, half of the 500 likely voters contacted by the company late last week or over the weekend…

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

Didier still not endorsing Rossi 

Clint Didier, who placed third in last month's U.S. Senate primary, just released a long letter to supporters explaining why he still can't endorse fellow Republican Dino Rossi.Although from the letter, one might argue that Didier doesn't necessarily consider Rossi a fellow Republican, at least…

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Gregoire won't stop Cal Brown execution

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire said this afternoon she will not commute the sentence of Cal Brown for the torture, rape and murder of Holly Washa.Brown, who confessed to the murder, was convicted and sentenced to death in 1994, and has lost subsequent appeals to…

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Jim Camden
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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