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Washington politicians who wanted to join Obama administration should have endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2008

Or so it seems.

Leading up to Washington’s presidential primary in 2008, Hillary Clinton was making a hard push for endorsements from the state’s leading politicians. That was considered the safe move as Barack Obama, though leading, was still the underdog for the Democratic nomination.

Winning these big-name endorsements had more than nominal effect. Most were also super delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

At the time it was considered pretty brave to stand up with Obama instead of Clinton. But that’s what Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire did at a Feb. 8 rally in a packed Key Arena. Also on

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It’s official: Washington gives its 12 Electoral College votes to Obama in Olympia ceremony

Washington state’s 12 Electoral College electors did their work over the lunch hour in Olympia today, awarding their votes to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed presided over the ceremony in the Capitol’s ornate reception room in the once-every-four-years ritual that follows the presidential election.

Nationwide, Obama received 332 votes and Republican challenger Mitt Romney’s ticket received 206. Electors across the country were formalizing that result today.

Even as Reed was still handing out embossed certificates of participation to the electors, his press office was announcing the vote was done – see details here, including statements from Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

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Let’s talk politics: 2012 election night live chat and news feed

Join us for an election night live blog and chat. Bring your questions and comments and follow along for breaking news on national, state and local races.


Nation’s top housing official praises advocates at Tacoma conference

The nation’s top housing official praised Washington state Wednesday as a model for the nation, in a keynote address that was both a pep rally for affordable housing advocates and a reflection of the national presidential campaign.

Federal Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan spent most of his speech listing the accomplishments of housing advocates during the recession, including help for renters affected by foreclosure and homeless veterans. He said 3,600 families in Washington state have benefited so far from the state’s portion of the $25 billion national mortgage settlement. And he reminded the audience there are many reasons

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Straw poll taken by visitors to George Bush Presidential Library shows that…wait for it…the Republican is ahead

You would think that something calling itself a library would have more respect for social science than this.

A press release from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum just reported that a straw poll taken among visitors shows that likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney leads President Obama by a whopping 62 percent to 30.5 percent. Another 7 percent say they prefer a third party. According to the library staff, this shows a surging Romney who increased his lead since the last release of numbers.

The people who take part in the “poll” are those who visit the museum honoring

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Obama speaks to campaign donors in Seattle

Here are excerpts of press-pool reports from today’s reception at a Lake Washington home to raise money for the president’s re-election campaign. Obama was to attend a larger fundraiser later at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. It’s part of a West Coat swing a day after Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage.

  • Worked rope line w a few dozen well wishers, incl a little girl who named her goldfish after him. Motorcade got rolling after few minutes – headed north on I5 for 1st fundraiser at home of Ann & Blume
  • Sign near Blume house held by infant & mom:

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Here are the recordings of 1964 phone calls between President Johnson and Washington senators Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson

The links below are to the two recordings I write about in my Sunday column about LBJ’s congratulatory calls to Washington Sens. Warren Magnuson and Henry Jackson. The column is here.


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