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Spin Control Rob McKenna archive

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2012

Gov race most expensive in WA history 

OLYMPIA -- Even without the final spending tallied, this year's governor's race was the most expensive in state history and outside independent groups spent a record amounts trying to convince residents to vote against Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna. Post-election reports filed this week with...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

McKenna concedes; Inslee next governor 

A Democrat will occupy the governor's office for another four years. Less than 24 hours after his campaign insisted that their data showed he would eventually win the governor's race, Republican Rob McKenna conceded defeat Friday evening as Washington's ongoing ballot count showed he couldn't...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2012

THURSDAY, NOV. 1, 2012

McKenna calls Koster's comment on rape "innapropriate" 

Rob McKenna, the Republican nominee for governor, has called remarks made by a Republican candidate for Congress in a close race in western Washington “inappropriate.” John Koster, who is running in the Congressional district that includes Seattle suburbs and Mount Vernon, told a liberal activist...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

Big money continues to roll in to campaigns

With just two weeks left for voters to return their general election ballots, large amounts of money are flowing into some Washington campaigns for top offices and measures that propose major changes to state law. The state Democratic Party reported a $350,000 contribution Monday to...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012

MONDAY, OCT. 15, 2012

PDC: Inslee campaign followed rules

The state’s campaign watchdog on Monday rejected complaints about contributions and spending by Democrat Jay Inslee. Just days before Washington’s voter get their ballots in the mail and just over three weeks before the deadline to mail them back, the Public Disclosure Commission voted unanimously...

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McKenna: Too many permits, not enough help 

Washington has too many licenses and permits for business, and doesn't do a good job of making it easy for companies to find out what they need to get them, Rob McKenna said today. The Republican attorney general running for governor promised to do more...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2012


WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

McKenna dance video goes viral

On the eve of Washington's next gubernatorial debate, a video featuring Republican Rob McKenna doing Gangnam style dancing apparently has gone viral. That's according to Geek Wire which also suggests McKenna may have an edge on capturing the dork vote with his performance at a...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 2, 2012

McKenna v. Inslee, round 3, in Yakima

Rob McKenna began his opening statement in Spanish. Jay Inslee talked of “bucking hay” and working to pass a levy to build a local high school. And while Washington’s two gubernatorial candidates mostly continued long-running arguments over jobs, health care and school funding, Tuesday night’s...

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MONDAY, OCT. 1, 2012

Gov debate Tuesday in Yakima

Gubernatorial candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee debate tomorrow evening in Yakima. The debate is being co-sponsored by the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, and is happening during their convention. The other co-sponsor is KCTS-TV, the public television station in Seattle. It will be carried live...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Gov candidates playing up endorsements

OLYMPIA -- Washington's gubernatorial candidates are playing the "look who's endorsing me" game today. Republican Rob McKenna has an afternoon press conference to announce the latest round of "Democrats for McKenna" names at a Seattle cafe. One can only hope it goes smoother than the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2012

Gov debate: Who'll bring more change?

VANCOUVER – Washington voters unhappy with their state government won’t see much change unless they stop a 28-year string of Democrats in the governor’s office, the Republican attorney general contended in a debate here Wednesday night. “I’m not the one who’s been in Olympia for...

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McKenna to Inslee: two-thirds majority

Why do you think the two-thirds majority is undemocratic when voters have approved it repeatedly Inslee: I believe in democracy. It gives people who vote no more power than people who vote yes. McKenna: Voters are going to have the fourth opportunity, likely to pass...

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Gov debate question 4: Coal trains

Where do you stand on coal ports McKenna: The state does not get to stop coal shipments, that's government by federal law. They need to go through strict environmental standards. . . People in ports are hurting, they're desperate for good-paying jobs, they want these...

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Gov debate Question 3: Education

Would you be brave enough raise taxes for education? McKenna: The voters have been very clear on not supporting higher taxes. Not raising tax rates is not the same as raising tax revenues. Revenues are projected to go up. We need to prioritize. (Democrats) running...

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Question 3: What will you do about Medicaid

Inslee: I'm glad the lawsuit was rejected by the Supreme Court...Breast cancer survivors can get access to health care. On Medicaid expansion, we know everyone is paying about $1,000 a year to pay for people who don't have insurance...a hidden tax in our insurance bill....

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