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Continuing to weigh the Rossi factor

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Engagement, civility still best way to bring change

Political discourse has gotten raw, personal and sometimes frightening, so news that a bomb was discovered at the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse wasn’t at all shocking. Nor were the death threats against multiple members of Congress, including U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington. The fear is that incivility will give way to outright acts of violence like the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, which happened 15 years ago on April 19. The feds recently brought charges against nine members of a Michigan militia, which had allegedly plotted to kill a law enforcement officer, then set a deadly trap when colleagues responded. The FBI found a stockpile of weapons and some improvised explosive devices.

Man accused of threatening Murray is released

A man accused of threatening to kill Washington Sen. Patty Murray over her support of health care reform has been released from jail after posting a $20,000 bond.

Rossi, GOP denounce threat on Murray

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Selah man charged with threatening Sen. Patty Murray

A Washington state man has been charged with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform, leaving voicemail messages at her office saying she had a target on her back and “it only takes one piece of lead.”

Democrats surprisingly uneasy about Murray

OLYMPIA – Democrats may be paying Dino Rossi the ultimate compliment. He is not a candidate against Patty Murray – not yet, anyway, and possibly not ever – but they are going after him hammer and tong. Or more accurately, Web site and Twitter. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has worked diligently to trash Rossi ever since his name surfaced as a measurable marker against Murray in some GOP polls. They may be taking these polls more seriously than Rossi himself, who appears content to let folks speculate by uttering the overused “never say never” line to questions about a run.

Pentagon will wait for Airbus tanker bid

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Pentagon extends Air Force tanker bid deadline

The deadline for bids on a $35 billion contract for refueling jets will be extended by 60 days so the European maker of Airbus can compete, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Campaign regulators recommend no action against Rossi

Campaign regulators say the state should not take any legal action against former gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi, in a case alleging that he improperly lined up campaign donations.

Ormsby chosen as U.S. attorney

Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. The White House announced that Ormsby, a partner at K & L Gates LLP who works with local governments and public entities on municipal finance matters, is being nominated to replace James McDevitt, who has held the job since early in George W. Bush’s administration. McDevitt and Ormsby once worked together at the predecessor of K & L Gates.

Ormsby nominated for U.S. attorney post

Spokane attorney Mike Ormsby was formally nominated Wednesday to be the next U.S. attorney for Eastern Washington. The White House announced in a press release that Ormsby, a partner at K & L Gates LLP who works with local governments and public entities on municipal finance matters, is being nominated to replace James McDevitt, who has held the job since early in George W. Bush’s administration. McDevitt and Ormsby once worked together at the predecessor of K & L Gates.

Stimulus to spur work on corridor

Spokane’s long-sought North Side freeway got a boost on Wednesday with the announcement of a $35 million federal economic stimulus grant to pay for a 3.7-mile extension of the southbound lanes between Francis Avenue and Farwell Road. It was the only one of three grant applications from the Washington Department of Transportation to win funding in a $1.5 billion round of competition nationally.

$35 million grant to extend North Spokane freeway

A $35 million federal stimulus grant was announced this morning to extend work on a North Spokane freeway, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

Newsflash: GOP says Murray, Obama agree

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Fewer veteran suicides reported

The number of suicides among veterans in the Spokane region dropped dramatically last year, according to newly released records. In response to a Spokesman-Review request for information, the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center reported nine suicides from July 2008 to July 2009, including three veterans who had contact with the medical center.

Both sides praise emphasis on jobs, small businesses

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of the Union speech. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she liked Obama’s focus on small business, particularly a plan to take $30 billion repaid by major commercial banks and set it aside for small and medium-sized community banks to make business loans: “We’ve been hearing how hard it is for (small businesses) to get credit.”

Delegation finds some room for agreement on Obama speech

Northwest Republicans and Democrats applauded President Barack Obama’s emphasis on jobs, particularly on creating them in small businesses, but wondered about the details of other proposals in the State of the Union speech.